Matthew Modine Cast Opposite Ashton Kutcher In Steve Jobs Biopic
The fits have long since been had over Ashton Kutcher portraying late pioneering Apple CEO Steve Jobs in "jOBS."
If what E!'s Marc Malkin reports stands, then perhaps a veteran supporting man will assuage a few fears that Kutcher can't carry this off. E! Online reports that "Full Metal Jacket" star Matthew Modine has been enlisted as Jobs' vanquished rival John Sculley.
Opposite the "Two and a Half Men" co-star and "Punk'd" creator's portrayed innovator, Sculley is the former Pepsi executive that ousted The Man Who Would Be King in 1983 from the company whose icon he would become. Of course, Jobs eventually returned and the rest is cult-of-personality history.
The 53-year-old Modine is reportedly working out dates with Sculley to meet personally and feel out the skin into which he'll be stepping when "jOBS" hits theaters next year. Though Modine admittedly wasn't nearly as familiar with Sculley as Jobs - who is? - he knew he'd left his mark upon the company.
"I didn't know much about him," Modine tells us. "I knew a little bit that there was a guy that had come from Pepsi to run the company, because like so many of us we all know that amazing '1984' commercial that Ridley Scott directed. I knew that Sculley was part of the genius behind that."
For Kutcher's part, friends say he hears the cat-calls over his casting loud and clear. He might have taken it just personally to bust his ass, from the sounds of it.
"He's got hair extensions in right now and he's wearing the tall mom jeans," friend and fellow "That '70s Show" alum Danny Masterson told E!. "He's really working hard. He's rehearsing hours and hours and hours every day for the last month."
Modine himself added, "Ashton Kutcher is looking to challenge his integrity as an actor. I think Ashton can make his mark on his career with this role and I hope he succeeds."