Man does not live by fruit alone, right? Ashton Kutcher, method actor extraordinaire, came to learn this life lesson the hard way. Given the opportunity to play late Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Kutcher sought to more fully realize his character by adopting the man’s so-called “fruitarian” diet, which consisted solely of fruits, nuts and seeds. His pancreas, unfortunately, did not agree with this decision and reacted angrily.
“I ended up in the hospital two days before we started shooting the movie. I was, like, doubled over in pain,” Kutcher said at the Sundance Film Festival. He went on to explain: “My pancreas levels were completely out of whack, which was really terrifying … Considering everything.” He is, of course, referring to Jobs’ death from pancreatic cancer in 2011. We’re obviously not trying to connect the dots here (that this particular diet may have played a hand in Jobs’ death), it’s certainly an interesting detail.
We can only hope that Kutcher, who, admirably, spent hundreds of hours studying tapes of Jobs in order to grasp and mimic the man’s outward behavior, has learned not to bite off more than he can, well, chew. Watch Kutcher discuss his hospitalization at the Sundance Film Festival below.