Dear Ashton Kutcher, We know you’re playing Steve Jobs in the biopic jOBS. You don’t have to go all Method actor and actually follow Jobs’ fruitarian diet and get yourself hospitalized because of it for us to believe you’re a good actor. Love, all health bloggers and fans of your 2003 movie Just Married.
But seriously. Ashton Kutcher told USA Today that he was hospitalized as a result of his attempts to follow a fruitarian diet like Steve Jobs. He said:
“First of all, the fruitarian diet can lead to, like, severe issues. I went to the hospital like two days before we started shooting the movie. I was like doubled over in pain. My pancreas levels were completely out of whack. It was really terrifying … considering everything.”
Ironic, because Steve Jobs died of pancreatic cancer in 2011. Frutarianism has different definitions, but is generally thought to include a diet that consists of mainly fruits, nuts and seeds, without vegetables, grains, dairy or animal products.
Personally, I had no idea Jobs had ever followed a fruitarian diet, though I knew he was a vegan for much of his life. The first thing that comes to mind when I hear the word fruitarian, though, is that scene in Notting Hill when Hugh Grant goes on a series of blind dates and one of the women is a fruitarian…anyone else? Haha.
Anyway, I get that Ashton wants to be accurate and reflect the man he’s playing, but a fruitarian diet seems like an extreme sacrifice for a role. Sadly, it seems like crazy crash diets and eating plans are now de rigeur in Hollywood: more and more, extreme weight-loss is praised as the ultimate commitment to a role. Look at Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto. There’s no word on whether or not Ashton was trying to lose weight or just get into the mindset of Steve Jobs, but regardless, I wish actors would value their own health (and the examples they set to the public) over looking a certain way for a role.
What do you think? Am I the only one who would rather actors stayed healthy rather than perfectly resemble the characters they’re playing?