From USA Today:
Kutcher says that he started a fruit-only diet to prepare to play the Apple co-founder for the biopic Jobs, which premiered Friday night at the Sundance Film Festival.Pancreas levels? Just keep that little gem of a phrase in mind the next time an actor tries to tell you something about health, or about anything, actually.
The diet, which the film claims Jobs adhered to, ended up sending Kutcher to the hospital with pancreas problems.
"First of all, the fruitarian diet can lead to like severe issues," Kutcher said after the film's screening. "I went to the hospital like two days before we started shooting the movie. I was like doubled over in pain.
"My pancreas levels were completely out of whack," Kutcher added. "It was really terrifying ... considering everything."
Jobs died of pancreatic cancer on Oct. 5, 2011.
I don't think Steve Jobs ever publicly said what kind of vegetarian diet he ate. I know there's been lots of speculation about it, especially in paleo and LC circles. Do the film producers have some inside Hollywood knowledge that Jobs was actually on a fruitarian diet? I don't know, but I can't see how a fruit diet would suddenly damage the pancreas more than a diet high in glucose and that takes years. I also find any sort of implied link between fructose and pancreatic cancer ridiculous. Unlike glucose, fructose has to be processed in the liver, so if anything, I could see it affecting that already overworked organ the most.