Ashton Kutcher Could Go From Playing Steve Jobs To Shilling Cheap Windows PCs [Rumor]

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After playing Steve Jobs in the upcoming bio-pic, Jobs, what’s next for Ashton Kutcher? Betraying the very spirit of the icon he just portrayed by shilling Windows PCs, of course.

That timeless rag of gossipy muckraking, The New York Post, reports:

Ashton Kutcher is continuing to rake in the dough. We’re told the “Jobs” star is close to inking a $10 million endorsement deal with computer company Lenovo, which will include him appearing in a number of ads. Kutcher is no stranger to posing pretty with technology, acting as the face of Nikon since 2009. In April, rumors arose that the relationship soured when Kutcher asked for double his multimillion-dollar salary, with reps for Nikon denying a split.

This is just a rumor, but it’s as savvy a business move on Lenovo’s part as it is a cynical cash grab on Kutcher’s. What’s the next best thing for Lenovo short of having their own Steve Jobs? Hiring the guy who played him in a movie to shill their laptops, of course.

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  • MacAdvisor

    Apple has more than enough money to pay for this fellow’s services if they wanted them. Just because Mr. Kutcher played a role in a movie does not obligate him to continue to act as if he were Steve Jobs. Mr. K is free to take any other roles he likes, including playing Bill Gates or acting as the spokesperson for products other than Apple’s, even a direct competitor to Apple. Your notion that Mr. K owes some duty of loyalty to Apple, who has never paid him a dime, is silly. I would be willing to bet if PC Magazine made you an offer to write for them about Lenovo at twice your current wage, you’d jump on it.

  • lwdesign1

    Apple has more than enough money to pay for this fellow’s services if they wanted them. Just because Mr. Kutcher played a role in a movie does not obligate him to continue to act as if he were Steve Jobs. Mr. K is free to take any other roles he likes, including playing Bill Gates or acting as the spokesperson for products other than Apple’s, even a direct competitor to Apple. Your notion that Mr. K owes some duty of loyalty to Apple, who has never paid him a dime, is silly. I would be willing to bet if PC Magazine made you an offer to write for them about Lenovo at twice your current wage, you’d jump on it.

    Nowhere in the article did Mr. Brownlee mention Kutcher has any “duty of loyalty to Apple”, nor is it even intimated. This is your own dubbed-in assumption.

  • MacAdvisor

    If one “betrays,” one has breached a duty. The article states Mr. K is “betraying the very spirit of the icon he portrayed.”

  • Stuka_UK

    What is Shilling then? …. You’ve made up a word for Selling. Why?

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