MOTW: Five Actors Who Can Outplay Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs

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August 12th, 2013

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MOTW: Five Actors Who Can Outplay Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs' biopic already premiered in the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, yet some people are still wondering if Ashton Kutcher is the best guy for the job. Kutcher landed the much-coveted role and has portrayed the life of the Apple Inc. CEO, one of the most brilliant innovators in the field of consumer electronics, in the biographical drama film "jOBS." According to critics at the Sundance Film Festival, Kutcher made a surprisingly effective delivery, as he managed to emulate Jobs' intense personality, voice, and hunched posture to a believable degree.

While the indie biopic is already slated for an August 16 release in North America, some actors are making the shortlist to play as Jobs in another biographical movie. Aaron Sorkin, the ingenious director of "The Social Network," is working on a script loosely based on Jobs' biography written by Walter Isaacson. While the cast has yet to be announced and the script is still in the works, some actors are already being named to play the brilliant entrepreneur.

Daniel Day-Lewis is one of the frontrunners in the list to play Jobs, being one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation. Day-Lewis is a three-time winner of the Academy Awards for Best Actor for the movies "My Left Foot," "There Will Be Blood," and "Lincoln."  His commercial appeal has been rising thanks to his award-winning performance in the critically acclaimed, epic historical drama movie "Lincoln." Lewis is also known for his ability to immerse himself fully into a role, which undoubtedly influenced the success of the film. If he can portray one of the greatest U.S. presidents, there is no doubt that he can portray the legendary professional intensity and brilliance of Steve Jobs.

Stanley Tucci surprisingly resembles the older Steve Jobs, and he can definitely play the insanely driven game-changer if ever Sorkin decides to focus on the latter years of Jobs. He is an Academy Award nominee and has played a myriad of uniquely different roles, including a pedophile and a serial killer, an art director, and a risk management leader. He is also known for playing articulate and bright men in HBO television films, such as "Conspiracy" and "Winchell," and in the movie "Hunger Games."

Leonardo DiCaprio is among the A-list actors who are also in the lead to take the role of the renowned Apple CEO. The actor has played a multitude of characters, including the breezy and charming Jack in the huge hit "Titanic," a genius conman in "Catch Me If You Can," and an undercover state trooper in Martin Scorsese's critically acclaimed movie "The Departed," for which DiCaprio received his third Academy Award nomination. DiCaprio may not resemble the late Steve Jobs, but he has been receiving consistent recognition for his work. Most of his movies, such as "Inception," "The Aviator," and "The Departed," are international successes, which can make his being casted a plausible step toward releasing the Steve Jobs movie outside of the United States.

Ben Kingsley is well known for his impressive portrayal of Mohandas Gandhi in the movie "Gandhi." The role earned him his first Academy Award for Best Actor in 1982. He has  appeared in more than thirty films. He is also one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood, but his effective acting makes his characters memorable. Some of his unforgettable roles are as Schindler's assistant and business partner in "Schindler's List," as a violent sociopath in the British film "Sexy Beast," and as the greedy villain Nizam in "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time."

If Steve Jobs could take his pick, he would probably choose Noah Wyle. The late Apple innovator thought that they looked alike after watching Wyle on the popular show "ER" and in the docudrama "Pirates of Silicon Valley." Jobs also personally picked Wyle to impersonate himself at a Macworld convention. Wyle was also the first screen incarnation of Jobs, which gives him a slight edge in getting the Steve Jobs role. He may not be a seasoned actor or an Oscar winner or nominee, but he has been nominated numerous times for his acting in a number of television movie series, including the franchise "The Librarian" and "Falling Skies."

Sorkin is reuniting again with Sony Pictures, the studio that produced "The Social Network," for the Steve Jobs movie. Neither the highly praised director nor Sony Pictures has yet to announce any candidates for the lead role, but the abovementioned guys are some of the actors being pegged by critics to play the young and old Steve Jobs for the forthcoming film.