“Jobs,” starring the unlikely Ashton Kutcher, opens this weekend, the first of two planned Steve Jobs biopics. Aaron Sorkin is still putting the final touches on his rumored three-scene depiction, but “Jobs” seems to have been rushed to the can following the Apple founder’s death from pancreatic cancer and the overwhelming success of Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography. The Globe’s Peter Keough hesitantly lauds Kutcher’s preparation for the role, saying “he nearly captures the soul of the man, except when he sounds like Keanu Reeves.”
The biopic has become a Hollywood fixture (expect treatments of Jimi Hendrix, Princess Diana, and Nina Simone later in the year) with the potential to lend its stars instant street cred (i.e. Johnny Depp in “Ed Wood”) or endless ridicule (Linsday Lohan in “Liz & Dick”). In honor of this new film, here are some of the best and worst performances to ever happen to the biopic genre.
By Christopher Hughes / Boston.com Correspondent