Ashton Kutcher Joins Extreme Movie Diet Club

Matt Donnelly
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Tech fan Ashton Kutcher wasn't afraid to suffer in his pursuit of playing Steve Jobs.

While we're used to Kutcher doubling up on crunches and spray tans for his wheelhouse of characters, the actor showed off a new level of preparation for "jOBS" -- one that sent him to the hospital.

"I went to the hospital like two days before we started shooting the movie. I was like doubled over in pain," Kutcher told USA today at the Sundance Film Festival.

Ashton adopted the late Jobs' occasional fruitarian diet, which is exactly what it sounds like: eating fruits, seeds, or nuts exclusively or in exclusive combinations.

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"My pancreas levels were completely out of whack," added Kutcher. "It was really terrifying ... considering everything."

"Everything" would be Jobs' 2011 passing from pancreatic cancer. The film charts the Apple king's rise from college dropout to chairman and CEO.

It would seem Kutcher did right with his research. Jobs' biological sister Mona Simpson briefly mentioned her brother's unusual diet in a touching eulogy she wrote for the New York Times.

"Dinner was served on the grass, and sometimes consisted of just one vegetable. Lots of that one vegetable. But one. Broccoli. In season. Simply prepared. With just the right, recently snipped, herb," she said of mealtime at the Jobs house.

Kutcher wouldn't be the only actor in this busy season to shed pounds for art: Matthew McConaughey inspired shock and concern by losing 40 pounds to play a man battling AIDS in "The Dallas Buyers Club."

Likewise Hugh Jackman showed off a startling 30-pound weight loss and dominated pre-Christmas awards chatter for his turn in "Les Miserables."

His co-star Anne Hathaway's frailty had tongues wagging. And James Badge Dale, of "Flight," also jumped on the diet-for-a-role bandwagon.

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