Ashton Kutcher
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It seems that Ashton Kutcher is trying to change his status as a spotlight chaser and be recognized as a brilliant actor instead. According to reports from the set of "Jobs", Kutcher has adopted a method acting approach for his latest role as Apple founder Steve Jobs. The heartthrob is said to have been unapproachable and grumpy on the set, snapping at the film's bewildered crew in the name of art.

"Jobs" chronicles the innovator's life and career from 1971 to 2000.The 34-year-old has reportedly refused to break character whether or not the cameras are rolling, presumably in an attempt to channel Jobs, who has been described as "hot tempered" and was known to throw the occasional tanrtrum.

Radar, who broke the "exclusive" story, quoted an anonymous crew member who claims to have been subjected to Kutcher's newfound acting technique.

"I didn't understand when he started yelling at people," said the source. "A PA had to explain to me that Ashton was insistent on staying in character at all times on set. I'm pretty sure this a whole new way of acting for him, it's kind of bizarre."

In response to criticism for his film performances in 2005, Kutcher offered Keanu Reeves as evidence that bad actors can have a great career.

"I'll watch a Keanu Reeves movie and I'll go, 'Wow. He's really not a great actor.' But the guy works really hard and keeps doing hit movies," he told W.

Despite the statement, Kutcher now seems determined to follow in the footsteps of Marlon Brando and Daniel Day Lewis. Brando was a method acting pioneer while Lewis actually went to prison in preparation for his role in "In the Name of the Father," in 1993.

Jobs died of pancreatic cancer in 2011 at the age of 56. The charismatic founder of Apple Inc., is said to have used mind altering substances extensively at the start of his career. No word yet on whether Kutcher dabbled in hallucinogenic drugs for research.