Hate it or Love it, production has begun on the Steve Jobs biopic where Ashton Kutcher has been chosen to star as the late Apple mastermind. The film, now titled jOBS, will also take a look inside Jobs’ ‘LSD years’ as seen in these photos from last week’s shoot.
Filmed in Santa Clarita, California, Kutcher is seen getting into character as he roams about a field, waving his arms around and appears to be dancing in a trance while looking up into the sky. Sporting a full beard and Jobs’ signature shag, the photos look more like outtakes from Across The Universe than a movie about a former Apple CEO. Still, it’s a bit less predictable than the underwhelming photo of Kutcher in a black turtleneck we saw last month, and definitely reminiscent of Kutcher’s That ’70s Show era.
In preparation for the film, Kutcher also reportedly began meditating to channel his inner Steve Jobs’ buddhist beliefs. In one of the photos above, Kutcher can be seen in a meditating stance though it is unclear whether this is during or before the actual shoot.
According to a recent Pentagon file release, Jobs reportedly admitted to LSD use between 1972 to 1974. In a written statement filed during his request for a Top Secret security clearance, he said he has also consumed marijuana and hashish in those early years.
“Throughout that period of time I used the LSD approximately ten to fifteen times. I would ingest the LSD on a sugar cube or in a hard form of gelatin,” he wrote, according to the papers acquired by Wired. “I would usually take the LSD when I was by myself. I have no words to explain the effect the LSD had on me, although, I can say it was a positive life changing experience for me and I am glad I went through that experience.”
Jobs also admitted getting high from these various drugs helped get his creative juices flowing, and that it made him more “relaxed” before using them for the last time in 1977.
With production still in its early stages, expect more photos, scenes, and a full commercial to release by the end of the year with the movie in theaters some time in 2013. Note: The jOBS film is unrelated to a separate project by Aaron Sorkin which will also cover the life and legend of Steve Jobs.