Ashton Kutcher Was Hospitalized After Going On A Fruit Diet For His Steve Jobs Role


The other day we got our first look at Ashton Kutcher in the highly-anticipated Steve Jobs biopic, jOBS. Not everyone’s going crazy over his performance, but I’m still looking forward to checking out the movie when it opens in April. Ashton recently spoke with USA Today about his physical preparation for the role, and revealed that he had to be hospitalized after a negative reaction to his fruit diet. Click inside to learn more.

E! has the story:

You might say Ashton Kutcher took his role as Steve Jobs a bit too seriously.

To get into character to play the late Apple cofounder in the biopic jOBS, theTwo and a Half Men star went on a fruits-only diet that ended up landing him in the hospital with pancreas problems.

“First of all, the fruitarian diet can lead to, like, severe issues,” Kutcher told USA Today after the movie’s screening at the Sundance Film Festival. “I went to the hospital like two days before we started shooting the movie. I was, like, doubled over in pain.”

He added: “My pancreas levels were completely out of whack. It was really terrifying…considering everything.”

No doubt, the illness hit home for the 34-year-old thesp, especially considering Jobs died in October 2011 of pancreatic cancer.

But Kutcher—who admits that, like Jobs, he has a “ravenous interest in the tech space”—also had this to say about the visionary entrepreneur: “He’s a guy that failed and got back on the horse,” noted the actor.

“I think we can all sort of relate to that in some place in our life where we are moving forward with something and we fall down. You have to have the guts to get back up and go again. I think I share that as well.”

Yikes. Remind me not to become a fruitarian… not that I was gonna be, lol. This is actually the first that I’m hearing of this diet, but I’m sure it has its appeal. Any fruitarians out there?  I bet– like vegetarianism– there are healthy and unhealthy ways to practice it. Come to think of it, my son practiced fruitarianism when he was maybe 1 1/2 and refused to eat anything other then strawberries for, like, two weeks. LOL. He’s sooo ready to be in a biopic!

Anyway, we often hear about actors undergoing crazy, craziness to prepare for a role. Do you think Ashton’s sacrifices will translate into a strong performance in jOBS?


  • Ben@pr

    Sorry Ashton, a diet doesn’t give talent.

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  • Tawnie

    Actually, as humans beings we are all naturally frugivores. We just don’t eat enough of it to become satisfied and full. You would have to eat at least ten bananas in one sitting to be full but I don’t know a lot of people who would have time for that.

  • jennifer

    My son wouldn’t eat anything but fruit and COOKIES for a while too. What’s up with toddlers?