Costume designer used around 60 pairs of Levi's 501 jeans for 'Jobs' movie
To make Ashton Kutcher's portrayal of Steve Jobs as accurate as possible, the costume designer behind the upcoming "Jobs" movie obtained the exact style of New Balance sneakers and Levi's 501 jeans the Apple co-founder famously wore.
Levi's provided Lisa Jensen with a "mountain of jeans" for the production, she revealed in an interview with FancyDressCostumes.co.uk. In all, she estimated that the film went through about 60 pairs of jeans to accommodate the varying body weights Kutcher had to achieve during filming.
In addition, New Balance manufactured for Kutcher the exact sneakers Jobs wore from old molds. The crew on "Jobs" was also aided by an archivist who pitched in with research.
Jensen also worked with Cassara Brothers Clothiers, based in Palto Alto, Calif., that used to dress the top Apple executives during the early days of the company. Custom suits were tailored for Kutcher and actors Matthew Modine, portraying John Sculley, and J.K. Simmons, playing Arthur Rock.
Historical accuracy has been a key aspect of the film repeated by those promoting it. Kutcher even adopted Jobs's fruit-only diet â a method acting choice that he said nearly put him in the hospital.
"Jobs" will open around the U.S. on Aug. 16. The film is the first of two Jobs biopics slated to come out in the near future, with the other being an untitled film scripted by Aaron Sorkin of "The Social Network" and HBO's "The Newsroom."