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Ashton Kutcher was born and raised in Homestead, Iowa (pop. 100), where he lived on a farm with his parents, older sister and twin brother. To finance the cost of his education in bio-chemical engineering at the University of Iowa, Kutcher worked as a cereal dust sweeper at the General Mills plant in Cedar Rapids. After being discovered by a local model/talent scout, he moved to New York to pursue acting. Since his arrival in New York in August 1997, Kutcher's determination has landed him roles in a National Pizza Hut commercial, an NYU student film entitled "Distance," and a CK Jeans campaign. Other film credits include, "Coming Soon" opposite Gaby Hoffman, "Reindeer Games" opposite Ben Affleck and Gary Sinise directed by John Frankenheimer, "Down To You" which stars Freddie Prinze Jr. and Julia Stiles for Miramax and "Texas Rangers" opposite James Van Der Beek and Dylan McDermott. Most recently, Ashton spent his 2000 summer hiatus filming "Dude, Where's My Car?" for 20th Century FOX.
Kutcher currently resides in Los Angeles.
Kutcher named honorary starter for Daytona 500
Ashton Kutcher, the star of FOX's "That '70s Show" and the star of the upcoming feature film "Guess Who" will serve as honorary starter for the 47th annual Daytona 500.
As honorary starter, Kutcher will wave the green flag to start the 43 Nextel Cup Series drivers in the 200-lap, 500-mile race.
"We're excited to have Ashton Kutcher here to start the Daytona 500 and the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season," Speedway President Robin Braig said. "Attracting a star of Ashton's caliber proves once again the Daytona 500 is one of the premier sports events in the world."
Kutcher will co-star with actor/comedian Bernie Mac in Columbia Pictures and Regency Enterprises' "Guess Who," which will be released March 25 of this year. In the movie, in an effort to impress his prospective father-in-law Percy Jones (Mac), Simon Green (Kutcher), who has already secretly proposed to Jones' daughter, boasts of his (nonexistent) past as a NASCAR driver. Simon's repeated attempts to make a good impression are futile as Percy rebuffs him at every turn and makes it his mission to undermine his daughter's new relationship. The film also stars Zoë Saldaña and Judith Scott.
Kutcher will also star in another 2005 release "A Lot Like Love" which is scheduled for release in April. His past movie credits have included "The Butterfly Effect," "Cheaper By The Dozen" "My Boss' Daughter," "Just Married" and "Dude, Where's My Car?" He is also the creator of MTV's popular reality series "Punk'd".
"Being honorary starter for the Daytona 500 is great way to experience NASCAR and come together with more than 200,000 fans at the Super Bowl of racing," Kutcher said. "As a fan of NASCAR, I'm excited to be involved and to wave the green flag in NASCAR's signature event."
Kutcher continues the tradition of high-profile actors, athletes and politicians that have participated in the Daytona 500 pre-race ceremonies. Comedian Whoopi Goldberg served as honorary starter for the 2004 Daytona 500 and singer Mariah Carey sang the National Anthem and served as honorary starter for the 2003 Daytona 500.
President George W. Bush and Academy Award-winning actor Ben Affleck served as the co-grand marshals and the President gave the starting command, "Drivers, start your engines," for the 2004 Daytona 500.
Ashton Kutcher: Don't Call Me Mr. Moore!
There's no escaping the fact that 26-year-old Ashton Kutcher is America's current It boy but suggest that his status has anything to do with his girlfriend of more than a year, Demi Moore, and you'll get his heckles up. With good reason.
That reason is talent, a new aspect of which is revealed in the daring dramatic thriller The Butterfly Effect. Kutcher has to date made his name in comedy. The Butterfly Effect is entirely devoid of laughs, being a film in which Kutcher plays a traumatised young man who has mentally blocked out many of the seamier aspects of his adolescent life. It's an inspired move for the young actor who was so enthusiastic about the project that he also assigned himself the job of the film's Executive Producer.
Was making The Butterfly Effect a deliberate choice to get away from your comedy image?
No. It was a deliberate choice to do something new. I always want to keep doing new different things and stuff I haven't done before. It was a deliberate decision to challenge myself. Honestly, it was a movie that was a dramatic movie. I appreciated the character. I appreciated the metaphor of the story. I appreciated the message of the movie.
Can you identify with your character?
In certain respects, yes. I think in the aspect of being a person who has a great deal to overcome and a great amount of love to give. I really think love is the common denominator. In society we choose to black out the traumatic things that happen in this world whether it be child molestation or something else as horrific. There is a brothel halfway across the world in a country where they are prostituting out five year-old girls. Do we want to face that as a society? Do we want to acknowledge that that exists? No we don't.
It is also about making changes in your past life to improve your present one. Would you change something in your past to alter the present?
I think I do on a daily basis. I think these are the obstacles that are in our way that we are to overcome as people. That's really what we are here for, to overcome our obstacles. I have relationships in the past in my life that have fallen apart. It is my job to mend those relationships. And that is changing the past.
Where would you like to see yourself in five years' time?
I hope to still be alive. I hope to be a little bit wiser, a little bit closer to the creator and I hope to be a more giving, sharing person.
There are 20:1 odds on the Internet that you will marry Demi Moore this year.
I'll put a bet in then and I'll fix the game. [laughs]
You seem to have bonded so well with Demi's children. Do you look at them like they are your little sisters or your kids?
I try to help them in their lives. I try to help them with the problems that they have and they bring me a lot of joy. But to really define what I am to them would be very difficult. And unnecessary. I don't think they need to be able to have a label for me to appreciate what I do for them. And I don't need to have a label for them to be able to appreciate what they do for me.
Are you surprised how much focus has been paid to that aspect of your life?
I am surprised we are doing an interview for The Butterfly Effect and we are talking about this. Yes. Why? Why do people want to see it? I don't know. I think if people would focus more on their lives and the problems we were talking about earlier that maybe we'd be living in a better place.
What do you do to protect yourself from the press?
I don't read it. I don't watch the TV shows that are about that. I don't read the magazines that make things up about people. I know what the truth is. I don't sort of indulge in my own fodder. I don't really care what they write about me.
Does fame frighten you?
I don't look at it that way. I go to work. I do my job. I'm constantly working on something new whether it's producing another TV show or another film. I have a wonderful relationship. I have a great family. I have amazing friends. I live my life like anybody else, and people choose to write about mine. And what they write I can't control - when they write lies at least - because the laws can't really protect you unless you can prove malicious intent. So I just choose not to read it.
And don't get me wrong, a lot of it is fun. There are a lot of perks that come with fame and with every positive there's a negative and then it all kind of balances out. The travelling is great. You get to see so many different places but there's a downside; having everything splattered across every media resource that exists, being chased by photographers and have them sit at the end of your driveway every day. But it all kind of balances.
You've shown us you are a capable dramatic actor in The Butterfly Effect but that's not what the general public cares about. How detrimental is this other media spotlight?
I don't think it's detrimental. My work will speak for itself I think. Before I ever met Demi I managed to figure out how to be on a sitcom for five years. I managed to figure out how to produce and make my own television show. I managed to make a couple of films that did extremely well. I was on Saturday Night Live. I was on the cover of Rolling Stone. So I managed to have a pretty good career before I met my current significant other and I think I'll manage to have a pretty good one after.
How has this crazy journey you've been on changed you?
How long do we have to talk? I guess I started to believe in myself a little bit more. If I really wanted something I could have it, that anything was possible. I grew up a lot and I've been realising the responsibility that I have as a person and that my actions count and I can make a difference with my actions. And that my problems are pretty petty compared to the problems of the world and that just by being aware of the chaos that exists I can actually make a difference and do something really good with all of this as opposed to making it all about me and doing it for myself.
Demi Moore And Ashton Kutcher May Wed Tomorrow
Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher are reportedly planning a romantic getaway to Venice for Valentine’s Day, amid rumours they are set to wed.
The Hollywood beauty and the handsome actor, who began dating in 2003, are said to have booked the trip to coincide with the most romantic day of the year and have even arranged a go on a gondola fuelling speculation they will tie the knot.
A source said: They have both wanted to keep their trip low key They think that Venice is such a romantic place.
Last year, Demi and Ashton sparked speculation they were set to wed and were due to have her ex-husband Bruce Willis as best man. The couple were reportedly planning a lavish wedding and Demi is said to have wanted Bruce to perform the role as she believed it would help their three children, Rumer, Scout and Tallulah, to accept Ashton as her new husband.
A friend said at the time: Demi and Ashton’s marriage is a certainty. They are busy planning things at the moment. It was Demi’s idea that Bruce should be their best man. They still get on really well and it’s important for her that their children together see Bruce accept Ashton as her new husband.
Demi, who is 15 years older than Ashton, met the young actor at a movie premiere last year.
Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher's romantic Venice getaway
Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher are reportedly planning a romantic getaway to Venice for Valentine's Day, amid rumours they are set to wed.
The Hollywood beauty and the handsome actor, who began dating in 2003, are said to have booked the trip to coincide with the most romantic day of the year and have even arranged a go on a gondola - fuelling speculation they will tie the knot.
A source said: "They have both wanted to keep their trip low key "They think that Venice is such a romantic place."
Last year, Demi and Ashton sparked speculation they were set to wed and were due to have her ex-husband Bruce Willis as best man.
The couple were reportedly planning a lavish wedding and Demi is said to have wanted Bruce to perform the role as she believed it would help their three children, Rumer, Scout and Tallulah, to accept Ashton as her new husband.
A friend said at the time: "Demi and Ashton's marriage is a certainty. They are busy planning things at the moment.
"It was Demi's idea that Bruce should be their best man. They still get on really well and it's important for her that their children together see Bruce accept Ashton as her new husband."
Demi, who is 15 years older than Ashton, met the young actor at a movie premiere last year.
Ashton Kutcher To Front Kabbalah Energy Drink Campaign
Celebrity Kabbalist Ashton Kutcher is to be the face of the new Kabbalah energy drink.
Only a month after the Los Angeles Kabbalah Center caused controversy by raising money to send crates of Kabbalah Water to the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami, bosses announced plans for a whole range of products themed on the religion.
The L.A. Center's spokesman Darin Ezra says, "We're going after the Red Bull market. But Kabbalah Energy Drink tastes better. And it's infused with Kabbalah water, which is holy water. If it's successful, there will be more Kabbalah products."
When asked by gossip Web site the Scoop, if the beverage has "healing powers" like the Kabbalah water, Ezra responds, "I'm not going to comment on that."
Ezra says celebrity Kabbalists Kutcher, his girlfriend Demi Moore and Madonna are currently trying out the drink.
Ashton Kutcher New Reality Show
Take seven brainy nerds and seven dim beauties, add Ashton Kutcher as a matchmaker and what do you get? A television reality series, of course. Kutcher, the brains behind MTV's "Punk'd," is producing the new series for the WB network this summer.
The goal of "Beauty and the Geek" is to couple seemingly mismatched pairs and see which can work best together, said David Janollari, the network's entertainment president, on Saturday.
"It's really looking at stereotypes of people and how we look at beautiful women and not-so-beautiful men," he said.
They will go through a series of competitions: combining wits on a camping trip, learning how to dance and working at a deli (the guys help the girls figure out how to make change).
"Beauty and the Geek" joins NBC's "Tommy Lee Goes to College" as the two most colorful reality series planned by the networks this summer. The NBC series follows the rock star as he enrolls in college in Nebraska.
The WB is trying to recover from a down year in both ratings and buzz among its youthful target audience. Its hottest series now is the young drama "One Tree Hill."
Within the next two months, the network will bring back the drama "Summerland," introduce a reality series, "Starlet," where aspiring actresses are put through a boot camp run by actress Faye Dunaway, and start a comedy, "Living with Fran," with actress Fran Drescher playing a divorcee with a boyfriend who's in his mid-20s.
That's exactly the target age group the network is seeking to broaden its reach.
"We don't want to be seen as just a teenage network," said Garth Ancier, the WB's chief executive.
Kutcher to leave 'That 70s Show'
The Fox network's "That '70s Show" will go into its eighth year in the 2005-06 season, but without popular cast members Topher Grace and Ashton Kutcher.
Contracts for the two expire at the end of this season, and both have opted not to renew, Zap2it.com reported Tuesday. However, both are expected to make return appearances on the show next season.
"We think (the show) still has life in it," said Gail Berman, Fox Entertainment's president.
Berman said while the show's ratings slipped in the early part of the season, along with Fox as a whole, she expects them to bounce back some when "American Idol" and "The Simple Life" return to Wednesday nights in coming weeks.
Grace currently stars in the comedy "In Good Company," while Kutcher has a production company and several feature roles on tap.
Ashton Kutcher and Flower Power
Ashton Kutcher, 26, is a hit with Demi Moore's daughter, Scout, 13. Ashton treated her to flowers and a movie. "They were laughing and clowning," says our spy. "She was tickling his nose with the flowers. It was very touching. Ashton's obviously cut out to be a great dad."
Workaholic Actor Ashton Kutcher Wins Big
Like a flash from the flatlands of Iowa, farmhand turned model turned actor Ashton Kutcher is racing toward star status in Hollywood. It all happened as if by magic. After placing first in 1997's Fresh Face of Iowa modeling contest, agents flew him to New York. The very next day he was working the runway in Bryant Park. During his first trip to Milan, he booked 19 shows. One year later, on his first day in Los Angeles, he was cast in the Fox sitcom That '70s Show, which went on to become a Nielsen smash. His first attempt at movie stardom, the stoner comedy Dude, Where's My Car?, went bong! at the box office, grossing over $100 million worldwide since its release in December. Oh, and he's still only 26.
All this makes Kutcher the young star of the moment, destined to become the next Keanu or Leonardo. Will success spoil him? "I don't have time to be overwhelmed," says Kutcher, wearing a knit cap and sipping a Coke at the Paramount Hotel. "I'm pretty hyperactive and what I love to do more than anything is work. I probably work 16 hours a day, whether it's on the show or reading a script that someone sent me or doing publicity for other stuff I've done. I'm too busy doing the next thing."
Which happens to be the film Texas Rangers, in which he and fellow teen heartthrob James Van Der Beek take on a gang of Mexican bandits. But long days filming in the wilderness of the Canadian West brought out Kutcher's decidedly un-Hollywood upbringing. "I spent most of my time with the wranglers, helping them herd the cattle," he notes. "I've spent a lot of time with animals."
He's not just talking about house pets. Ashton, his fraternal twin brother, Michael, and older sister Tausha moved to the country in junior high school, when their parents divorced. His rural hometown -- Homestead, Iowa (population 100) -- offered unusual career opportunities for the young workaholic. "During wrestling season, the only job I could find was skinning deer for the butcher," he recalls. "When you live in the country you can always find something to do. So you kind of pop from job to job, whether it's cutting the nuts off cattle one day or baling hay the next."
Crisis struck when Michael, then 13, contracted cardiomyopathy, a coronary condition caused by a virus. "It breaks down the muscle in your heart and creates a hole in it," explains Kutcher. "They gave him about six hours to live and then they found a new heart for him. My brother is my hero. If he can survive that, I can do anything."
When Kutcher entered the University of Iowa in 1995, he set out to study biochemical engineering, so he could help find a cure for the disease. He also dreamed -- hard -- about getting out of Iowa. One night he packed a duffel bag and just started walking to the airport. "I was going to California," he says. "I had 75 pounds of gear. I got about halfway there and decided I wasn't going to make it." Not that night, anyway.
Kutcher was at a local bar taking a break from studying when an agent approached him. "She asked me if I thought about being a model. I didn't even know that guys modeled. I thought that Fabio was the only male model -- I knew I didn't look like Fabio," he laughs. "It was weird because I was never the guy who got a lot of girls. I'm kind of awkward when I'm with girls. I never thought of myself in that light." Other people did, though, and soon after arriving in New York, Kutcher knew he wouldn't be moving back to Iowa. "I just called my dad and told him I wasn't coming home. [My parents] were really supportive." And even if they hadn't been, Kutcher could now support himself. "I couldn't fathom the idea of getting paid $2,000 a day to do a job. I was like, 'This is ridiculous!'" Fabio was really on to something.
While working the catwalks in Milan and Paris, Kutcher traveled with a flying wedge of globe-trotting hunks. "It's basically the same guys who do all the shows," he recalls. "It starts in Milan and then you go to Paris and then New York. It was kind of like summer camp. I'd see the same guys five times a day." When the shows were done, Kutcher set off traveling on his own with his new-found wealth. But everywhere he went, he brought his homespun sensibilities. "I walked in into the Duomo [cathedral in Florence] -- as a carpenter I can appreciate that stuff a little bit more," he observes. "When we were in Spain we went out into the country, and I saw how primitive the tools they were using were. They didn't have any big combines." Despite his jet-set lifestyle, he felt lonely on the road. "I wish that I had somebody to share it with, especially when I was over there alone," he grouses. "When I was in London, I saw Piccadilly Circus by myself."
But for Kutcher to remain lonesome was even less likely than a Temptation Island castaway staying chaste. These days, he lives in his Hollywood Hills home with his golden retriever, Mr. Bojangles, and tomcat, Mr. Fido. When not working on the set he prefers chilling out with his sitcom buddies -- including Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, and Mila Kunis -- to working the premiere-party circuit. "Sometimes on the set, we start dancing, and Ashton just flips me up," says Kunis. "We hang out almost every day. We go out dancing or bowling. Or go to his house to play pool. He's always randomly building stuff -- he built a porch for his house and invited us all over to see it. That's what he's like -- very level-headed. He doesn't walk around with a big head."
The good vibes are mutual. "Those guys are my best friends," Kutcher says of the '70s Show cast. "How are you going to beat a job where you go and hang out with your friends all week and then on Friday somehow you make a TV show? And make people laugh for a living. That's a great job, man." So great that Kutcher has signed up for two more seasons playing Michael Kelso, the loopy-but-lovable dude on That '70s Show, which follows a gaggle of kids as they careen through life in Wisconsin during the disco decade. Still, Kutcher recognizes that the series is a stepping stone for him. "I love doing my show," he says. "I think I have room to improve on my comedic skills. I would love to have a career like Tom Hanks -- start out on a TV show and do movie comedies and then go on to do dramatic work."
He knows that if wants a career as charmed as Forrest Gump's he'll have to keep his young fans happy. "Actors and singers -- the reason they make the money that they do is that you're working all day until you're at home alone," he observes. "Every time you're on a street somebody recognizes you. It's really an extension of your job. They are going to make the decision on whether they like you. I do what I can to be a good person."
Recognizing Kutcher's sterling record, Dimension Films agreed recently to give the star a taste of mogulhood. The studio is underwriting a script Kutcher will co-produce. "You have no ability to influence a movie after the shooting stops if you're just an actor," he comments. "I want to be involved in the development process."
But don't think that Kutcher has lost those Heartland values since entering Hollywood's winner's circle. "I go back home for the holidays. My family -- they don't care [about fame]," he declares. "I mean, it's a job. They know that. They understand that. If I ever went home with a big head, I'd get put in my place so fast -- they'd have me outside shoveling the roof."
Ashton Kutcher stars in the new funny trailer ''Guess Who's Coming to Dinner''
'Guess Who' In theaters: March 24, 2005 Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Bernie Mac
The pitch: It's not quite "Citizen Kane 2005," but it's close.
The details: Of all the acts of cinematic hubris, where does a remake of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" rank? OK, what about if you put Ashton Kutcher in the Sidney Poitier role?
This is a very funny trailer. Were the film not billed as a remake of an important classic, the jokes would seem funnier and the whole affair not quite so nauseating.
As you've probably guessed, this is a racial comedy, reversing the setup of the original film. Kutcher's fiancee's family is African American, and she's failed to mention to them that her beau is white. Of course, if the writers had kept the original racial alignment (African American groom, white family) the film never could've been made as a slapstick comedy.
Mac is always a scene-stealer and Kutcher . . . well, he's likable enough. With this setup and cast it won't take much to earn 90 minutes of cheap laughs. (An extended kart race scene in the trailer doesn't suggest high comedy.) So why bother calling this a remake at all? Is Ashton eyeing an Oscar?
Ashton Kutcher speaks about all the rumors and his career
Ashton Kutcher had some year last year. He emerged from just another TV sitcom actor to a major box office draw with the surprise hit romantic comedy Just Married in early 2003. He followed that up with a second hit TV show, a sort of celebrity Candid Camera on MTV called Punk'd. Kutcher's most talked about move of 2003 may well be his burgeoning relationship with Bruce Willis' ex, Demi Moore, who emerged from her own hiatus last year still looking like a major babe as the bad angel in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.
Along with two hit TV shows, hit movies and a relationship with a well-known older Hollywood actress comes some tabloid fame that Kutcher would rather avoid. There are the rumors of him and Demi tying the knot and that he was fired from Cameron Crowe's latest project, Elizabethtown. Amongst all that, he's making a transition acting-wise, starting in the dramatic supernatural thriller The Butterfly Effect. Kutcher was at the Four Seasons in Los Angeles last week to promote the film and hopefully lay to rest a few of the rumors, telling the press his side of the stories.
With all the Ashton rumors circling around the trash mags, we asked Ashton which one was the most ludicrous. "I think I've been getting married seven times. And I'm having four babies. You know what's really funny that I just read, is that for Christmas, Demi got me acting lessons with the best coach in Los Angeles because I got fired from Cameron's movie. I thought that that was pretty outrageous and funny. You know what I do [is], I don't read it. I don't buy these rag magazines that feed off of stolen, you know, press. They're basically stealing someone's image in order to make money for themselves... They wait at the end of my street in their cars. Every time I exit my home, I have company...
"There's times when I want to go off and I nearly do sometimes. The laws don't protect you very well from what is news and what isn't news. Me taking a crap in the morning, is that news? But, you know, somebody might consider that news and they want to give me a tagline on how long it took me to get the third turd out. I don't have control over it..."
''Punk'd'' for Ashton Kutcher
Jamie Lee Curtis has taken up a new cause. It's not one of the usual plights, such as hunger, homelessness or hybrids. The actress is out to put a halt to the cosmetic surgery frenzy. Curtis has joined Halle Berry, Sarah Jessica Parker and Sharon Stone in voicing opposition to makeovers of the surgical kind.
She told World Entertainment News Network that "this obsession with plastic surgery is an epidemic. It's lunacy! These women have had their faces rebuilt, and they look terrible. It's going to backfire at some point; sadly somebody famous and young is going to have to die on the table."
Meanwhile, Demi Moore disagrees. She has reportedly spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on cosmetic procedures.
But evidently Moore still finds one of her body part objectionable: her knees. Supposedly she's getting ready to do a knee-lift. The British newspaper Daily Mail reported that Moore consulted a surgeon in hopes of boosting the sagging mid-leg regions.
The Left Coast Report understands that when Ashton Kutcher heard about Demi's knee-raising plans he thought he was being "punk'd."
Ashton Kutcher in a 'random' role
Ashton Kutcher is set to act in Beacon Communications' "Random Acts of Kindness" about a suicidal young man rescued by a reclusive novelist.
Armyan Bernstein will be producing the feature with Jason Goldberg, Kutcher's partner at Katalyst Films, reports hollywoodreporter.com.
"Random Acts..." is based on a screenplay by Joshua Safran and centres on the relationship between the young man and the novelist who inspires him to find his way in life.
The company has a number of other projects with Kutcher, whose recent films include "The Butterfly Effect", "Cheaper by the Dozen" and "My Boss's Daughter".
Ashton Kutcher done with ''Punk'd'' but DVD is coming out January 20, 2005
The "Punk'd" wiseguy and co-star of "That '70s Show" shows an unseen side of himself in "The Butterfly Effect." The dark, time-twisting thriller finds Kutcher's character discovering long-repressed memories, and then learning that he can travel back in time to revisit and revise them. But he learns that one small change can create a ripple effect. MTV News' Ryan J. Downey sat down with Kutcher recently to find out why he'd taken a break from the laughs.
MTV: You've mentioned that you wanted to do this movie because it was an opportunity to show people some of your abilities that haven't been seen yet. Can you elaborate on that?
Ashton Kutcher: I like to keep doing something different and something new. I got bored really easily doing [comedy] stuff over and over and I wanted to try something like this, not knowing for sure that I could do it but knowing that it was a big challenge and I was going to have to work really hard to pull it off, which I still don't really know if I've done yet. And I don't know if I get to know that, but I saw this script and I liked the character. I liked what the character represented and the metaphor of what the character represents, which is a person who blocks out the dramatic moments in his life. I think as people and as a population, we do that. We block out anything that makes us feel uncomfortable and say, "That's not happening, that's not happening." When we become responsible, we have to face it, acknowledge that it feels uncomfortable and acknowledge that's why it's wrong, and then be active in fixing it, solving it, and do that by giving selflessly. That's what the movie's about to me.
MTV: What made you go with something so dark for one of your first big dramatic roles?
Kutcher: Well, the stuff that's dark in it is really ... when you watch it, you actually feel uncomfortable. You get that feeling of, like, "Wow." And the reason why it makes us feel uncomfortable is that we realize that it actually happens. You know, it's real stuff, it's not fantasy. The stuff in the movie that makes you feel uncomfortable is stuff that really, really happens. And I think that's an important message. I didn't choose it and go, "This is a dark movie, I've gotta do it." I chose it [because] it's about a guy giving without receiving. He's giving selflessly, and in giving selflessly he receives happiness.
MTV: You've been so well received as a comedic actor. How prepared are you for criticism if people aren't quite ready to see you as a dramatic actor?
Kutcher: You know, Tom Hanks was a comedian. Bill Murray I think is up for a Golden Globe for "Lost in Translation," maybe an Oscar. John Travolta started on "Welcome Back, Kotter." Look, some people are going to hate what I do no matter what I do. That's just the way that it works. Some people are gonna go, "Aw, this guy is a clown. What's he doing? Get him outta there." Some people are going to go to this movie just to root against me, and I'm cool with that. ... Look, even if I fail and never do another movie again, I've already done it, man, you know? I never even thought that I would have an opportunity to have my name above the title of the movie that I'm starring in. I mean, that was the dream, so I've already done it. So if I fail, that's all right.
MTV: Speaking of picking and choosing, why did you decide not to do the new Superman movie?
Kutcher: I read it, I liked the script, it was really cool, [but] they just kind of never got the movie going. It's not being made right now, as far as I know. They never got it going and it wasn't really about like, the lore of anything. A lot of stuff kind of got made up about that. It just didn't happen.
MTV: Would you be interested if it got off the ground again?
Kutcher: Yeah, maybe. If the timing's right and everything's working out.
MTV: "Punk'd" is also grounded, right?
Kutcher: "Punk'd" is done, but you can see more "Punk'd." The DVD is coming out January 20 and ... there's new footage on that of bits that we shot that never aired.
MTV: You mentioned getting bored with stuff ...
Kutcher: Yeah, you know what it was? I respect the audience and MTV. MTV gives me a great opportunity to do new stuff without judging me. That's the great thing about MTV. And in the same way, I have reverence for the people who watch that channel because that was me a couple years ago. And I know how quickly I get bored of something. And we've kind of had the same format and the same thing going on. And my thought was, "If we can't do something new, let's not do it anymore." So coming up we've got two new shows that we're working on. We've got a show called "SNAFU," which is "Situation Normal All F---ed Up," and a show called "My New Best Friend." ... We're going to try to make those cool and something different.
Ashton Kutcher is in da ''Random'' House
Ashton Kutcher, who found success with the sci-fi drama "The Butterfly Effect," is considering taking another serious turn for a film.
The 26-year-old actor is eyeing the lead in "Random Acts of Kindness," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The story centers on young man considering suicide when a hermit-like writer inspires him to discover what's important to him in life. Joshua Safran, who wrote and directed From Here to Where You're Going," wrote the screenplay.
Kutcher stars in the retro sitcom "That '70s Show" and the celebrity prank show "Punk'd" on MTV. His film credits include "Just Married," "The Butterfly Effect" and "Dude, Where's My Car?" He is currently filming the "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" remake, "Guess Who?" opposite Bernie Mac and Zoe Saldana and has wrapped the upcoming romantic comedy "A Lot Like Love."
Ashton Kutcher and Kabbalah
Ashton Kutcher has reportedly demanded time off from his sitcom 'That '70s Show' to mark Kabbalah holy days.
The handsome actor, who was converted to the mystic Jewish faith by girlfriend Demi Moore, is said to have asked for extra days off from filming to observe the Jewish High Holy Days.
The star couple, who have a 15-year age gap, recently joined a Kabbalah pilgrimage to Israel - with Madonna and Guy Ritchie - to celebrate the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah.
They were also rumoured to be planning to tie the knot in a Kabbalah wedding ceremony next month.
A source said recently: "A wedding is imminent and will probably happen around Thanksgiving in late November."
After months of talking with Kabbalah teachers, the couple reportedly decided the time was right to proceed with the union.
Other celebrity followers of the controversial religion include Ashton's ex-girlfriend Brittany Murphy, pop star Britney Spears and hotel heiress Paris Hilton, who all wear the religion's signature red string bracelet.
Ashton Kutcher got Punk'd
Ashton Kutcher is hitting the campaign trail after telling the crowd he got Punk'd by his pick in the 2000 election.
The 26-year-old star of MTV's prank show told an audience in Dubuque, Iowa, that he was campaigning for the John Kerry-John Edwards ticket after voting for President George W. Bush in 2000, the Associated Press reports.
"I voted for him because I thought he was like me," Kutcher told the people, and now it is time to get serious.