Ashton Kutcher, co-star of the "Guess Who" Movie!
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.
Ashton Kutcher currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Ashton Kutcher makes mince meat of Britney's hubby!
Britney Spears' dancer husband Kevin Federline became the butt of mockery on Saturday night at the hands of the 'Punk'd' host Ashton Kutcher .
Kutcher stripped down to his underwear to play Federline in a fake TV ad on US comedy show Saturday Night Live.
Rolling around a bed wearing just a white pair of boxer-briefs with 'Federline' boldly spelt across the band, Kutcher remarked, "I look like I might stink, yo, but I don't...
Britney thinks I look best in my underwear. By the way, Britney keeps her underwear over there and over here, and over there in that big pile. Most of the time she keeps 'em in my mouth.", the report quoted him as saying.
Ashton Kutcher: Obsession With His Romance Stupid
KUTCHER BRANDS INTEREST IN HIS ROMANCE WITH MOORE 'STUPID'
Hollywood heart-throb ASHTON KUTCHER has branded the public's interest in his romance with DEMI MOORE "stupid".
The JUST MARRIED star, 27, has been dating 42-year-old Moore since 2003, and he can't understand why so there's such a strong fixation on their relationship.
He says, "The whole world knows what's going on with me before I do. They've had us getting married eight times and still, I'm not. Nor am I in the process.
"When are people going to stop believing the crap that people write? Even if it were true, which it's not, why is it news?
"You know why they write it? Because people are so sick of reading about what we're actually doing in the world, which is nothing! So people read this to make it seem like something is actually happening.
"It's just people's ignorance to think that love has to come with a certain physicality or age or anything other than just honesty and truth. How many guys are out there that are fortysomething dating twentysomething gi rls that nobody gives a damn about?"
Ashton Kutcher, recovering doofus
Ashton Kutcher soon will be the proud father of a baby boy with his girlfriend, Demi Moore, and the couple plan to wed this summer in a ceremony officiated by her ex-husband, Bruce Willis.
f you believe that, you've just been punk'd.
Discerning fact from fiction is tricky because Kutcher's signature MTV prank show Punk'd has established him as the hipster who cried wolf.
After all, he once publicly swore that the practical-joke show was over after two seasons and said his decision was no joke. On April Fool's Day last year, he revealed — surprise! — it was a trick.
That reputation as a prankster could hinder his image shift from being a TV star who does movies to a movie star who dabbles in TV.
Kutcher soon will finish his seven-year run as disco-era dimwit Kelso on That '70s Show, and his comedy Guess Who arrives March 25 in theaters nationwide.
It's a comic takeoff on the 1967 interracial-dating classic Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, but this time the race roles have been reversed. Instead of a young Sidney Poitier facing down Spencer Tracy as the gruff father of his white fiancée, Bernie Mac plays the surly father of Kutcher's black girlfriend (Zoe Saldana).
Saldana says Kutcher enjoys his reputation for punking people. "He gets off on it, that you might have this fear that he might be behind you ... (that) he's everywhere, he watches everything." She gets Punk'd Sunday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.
The show is in its third season, and Kutcher will be in theaters again April 22, co-starring with Amanda Peet in another romantic comedy, A Lot Like Love.
Yet it's the personal exploits of this 27-year-old — particularly his romance with 42-year-old Moore — that fascinate fans of celebrity gossip, who track him in the tabloids the way seismologists track the San Andreas fault.
But after two years, anyone awaiting a shake-up has been disappointed.
The May-July couple have had no public feuds, only cutesy canoodling at assorted showbiz gatherings. Kutcher appears to be on respectful terms with Moore's three daughters and has even charmed her fearsome action-star ex-husband into friendship.
On Sunday, Kutcher, Moore and Willis demonstrated their friendly-family dynamic by gathering for the Grauman's Chinese Theatre premiere of Guess Who.
While Kutcher worked the red carpet outside, Willis and Moore chatted inside. Later, as the show began, Willis and Kutcher wandered the lobby, the young star following the Die Hard actor like an eager sidekick.
Kutcher seems to be simultaneously amused and annoyed by the attention to his love life. A report that morning in the New York Post cited a British newspaper that reported he and Moore secretly have been telling friends she's eight weeks pregnant with his baby.
Her spokesman, Steven Huvane, insists: "Demi tells me she is NOT pregnant."
Kutcher says, "The whole world knows what's going on with me before I do. They've had us getting married eight times and still, I'm not. Nor am I in the process.
"When are people going to stop believing the crap that people write?" he asks, his voice rising. "Even if it were true, which it's NOT, why is that news?"
He shakes his head.
"You know why they write it? Because people are so sick of reading about what we're actually doing in the world, which is nothing! So people read this to make it feel like something is actually happening."
He said the public's interest in his romance is "stupid."
"It's just people's ignorance to think that love has to come with a certain physicality or age or anything other than just honesty and truth. How many guys are out there that are fortysomething dating twentysomething girls that nobody says a damn thing about?"
Even if he and Moore aren't planning to have a baby, his relationship with her has given him an instant family. He has developed a closeness to her three daughters — Rumer, 16, Scout, 13, and Tallulah Belle, 11 — and says they call him My Other Dad, or MOD for short.
"They call me the MOD, but I would say I'm more like the MAD: My Assistant Dad," Kutcher says. "Bruce, frankly, doesn't need any help, because he's such a good dad for the girls. But they didn't know what to call me. It's not stepdad, and they didn't know what to tell other people who were asking."
The key to getting along with Willis: "I don't pass judgment on Bruce, and he doesn't pass judgment on me."
With his run on That '70s Show ending, Kutcher is trying to reshape his reputation as an actor.
For years he has been the goof, not only as Kelso but also as the stoner hunting for his ride in Dude, Where's My Car?, the vain boyfriend in Cheaper by the Dozen and the clumsy newlywed in Just Married. (He points out that his character in last year's The Butterfly Effect wasn't IQ-challenged, however.)
He's hoping his double-barreled turns as romantic leading men in Guess Who and A Lot Like Love dispel that reputation.
"When you're on television, you're in people's living rooms every week, and they assume that that's how you are," he says.
As for the doofus rep, Kutcher was a biochemical engineering major at the University of Iowa when he quit to pursue a modeling career in New York.
He concedes he sometimes agreed to play Kelso-like characters to appease fans. But often, those were the only options he had, Kutcher says. "I love how people think you can just pick it. There are probably 10 movies that I would have loved to do last year that didn't come my way."
He tries to remedy that by producing his own movies. Guess Who came about because he and Mac were working on a remake independently and decided to join forces.
Mac says of his co-star: "Working together, I got a chance to really find out how smart he is. Ashton is not going to allow you to put him in a position. He's very career-oriented. A lot of people are just glad to do a role or say a line."
Adds Saldana: "Just watching his growth since he started from being a model to That '70s Show and the couple of films he did, you sort of have the notion that he's a very committed person and he knows exactly where he wants to go."
His own perspective
Kutcher says he loves Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and thought a remake "was a timely, cool thing to do. I think we're getting to the point where people are starting to get more comfortable with the racial lines. You have hip-hop stars who are breaking out and branching off, like Nelly's doing songs with Tim McGraw, and when you get in that situation, everyone starts to get comfortable: 'It's starting to get even.'
"The real truth is it's not. It is getting there, but it's getting there at a snail's pace."
He has had his own mixed-race relationships that stirred emotions about the story, but not how you might expect. "I've dated a black girl, but I never met her parents. We didn't get that far. For me (her race) wasn't a big deal. She was just a cool chick.
"I don't think that influenced the story as much as, you know, that I've met plenty of girls' parents before, and there's always an uncomfortable feeling about that. I've also experienced, like they say in the movie, 'You should see the way people look at us.' "
He grows quiet for a moment. "And I've been the person that, you know ... people are looking at oddly for who they're with. So I understand that."
Is he talking about Demi?
Kutcher shakes his head. "No, I'm talking about Sean Combs."
"People couldn't understand what this white kid from middle America, this farm kid, was doing with this black hip-hop mogul from New York," Kutcher says. "His friends would come up to me and say, 'I don't know what's going on, but if you're trying to get something ...' I was like, 'We're just friends!' People aren't used to it."
Changing his career image has meant other cosmetic changes. He no longer wears the trucker caps he made famous. Too many imitators.
"I had to stop wearing it, because all of a sudden it was my fault that people were copying what I was wearing. I was wearing the hats, Mike's Repair hat; Mike was my neighbor! He gave me the hat! I wasn't trying to set a style, I was just wearing a hat that my neighbor Mike gave me. It made me realize that people are watching."
As for his reputation as a party animal, Kutcher says that was never really so.
"I would go out once every two weeks or something, but when I went out, I went OUT. I didn't half-ass anything. And I still do that," he adds, his voice rising to a cheerful bellow. "WHEN I GO OUT, I'M GOING OUT!"
But as he has gotten older, he says, he's tried to have a more spiritual outlook. He believes in mystical energies and is convinced that if more people thought positively, it would do everything from cure diseases to create world peace.
He credits willpower for twin brother Michael's recovery from a heart transplant years ago.
Kutcher's faith rests in a kind of psychic karma.
"All these instant gratifications that we think make us happy are actually the things that kill us," he says while reaching for a cigarette. "And all the things that we don't want to do are the things that are good for us."
Guess Who' has issues
Ashton Kutcher, who famously is dating an older woman, now takes on interracial relationships in his new big-screen comedy, Guess Who. This remake of the 1967 Spencer Tracy/Sidney PoitierGuess Who's Coming to Dinner casts Kutcher as a white guy who falls for Bernie Mac's black daughter. It opens March 25.
"Souls don't have a color," Kutcher noted at the premiere Sunday night. Upon arriving, Kutcher, 27, quickly hurried his 42-year-old lady love, Demi Moore, into Grauman's Chinese Theatre before returning to the red carpet for interviews.
Ten minutes earlier, Moore's ex-husband, Bruce Willis, had entered the theater, seemingly solo.
Kutcher wore a small, black leather pouch around his neck, which he described as "my secret."
"Kutch," who also is a producer on the film, will cross-promote Guess Who on his popular MTV prank show, Punk'd, by playing a practical joke on his Guess Who girlfriend, Zoe Saldana.
"We got Zoe good," he said of the episode, which is set to air Sunday night. Although he didn't want to give away the whole prank, Kutcher said it's in keeping with Guess Who's interracial dating theme. "Zoe gets a little offended and uses a lot of swear words."
Saldana apparently has been well trained to keep her lips locked. On the red carpet, she denied that she had been punk'd, and when asked whether it was at all awkward kissing Kutcher with girlfriend Moore on the set, said: "I'm not going to talk about someone's private life. When you're shooting a movie, you're getting paid to be completely professional."
Her movie dad, Mac, meanwhile, has been battling health problems, including a toothache that forced an early exit from Saturday's Guess Who media junket. But Sunday, Mac was back to his hearty, healthy self. Dressed in a dapper camel-colored Woody Wilson suit, Mac said prejudice against interracial couples has become a thing of the past.
"My brother dated white girls, but my family didn't have any problem with it because my grandmother didn't teach (racism)," Mac said. "Now, ain't nobody tripping over that issue."
Mac's wife in the film is played by Judith Scott. Though Scott has no daughters, she said she'd be thrilled if her pet beagle, Homer, brought Kutcher home for dinner.
"I don't think I'd kick Ashton out," Scott said. "Ashton would probably walk Homer, keep the house clean and bring home the bacon. It would be a wonderfully modern interspecies relationship."
Kutcher denies Moore's pregnancy rumours
Is Ashton Kutcher trying to punk the press, or is Demi Moore's longtime boy toy being honest when he denies he's going to be a daddy?
It was tough to tell yesterday, when the 27-year-old That '70s Show and Punk'd star sat down with reporters to talk about Guess Who, the upcoming comedic remake of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner starring Kutcher and Bernie Mac.
The New York Post yesterday reported that Kutcher and girlfriend Moore, 42, are expecting their first child together, citing British newspaper The News of the World as the source. The paper said Moore is nearly eight weeks pregnant and that the couple told friends the good news about two weeks ago after a doctor's visit.
When asked point-blank by the Sun if it was true he was going to be a proud poppa, Kutcher appeared genuinely surprised.
"What? Why am I the last person to find out? If I am ... that I'm going to be a daddy? No one tells me anything!'' he laughed.
"I need to make a phone call. I'm the last person to find out.''
So this is news to you?
"Your telling me is the first time. I mean, if she's pregnant, she's certainly not showing yet,'' said Kutcher, stammering a bit before another reporter jumped in with an unrelated question.
Ah, but she wouldn't be showing if she was only eight weeks along, would she? If the report is indeed true, it would be Moore's fourth child after the three daughters she has with ex-husband Bruce Willis. Moore's eldest daughter, Rumer, 16, is currently co-starring with her dad in the thriller Hostage.
Kutcher's two-year relationship with Moore has provided much fodder for talk shows, tabloids and gossip columns, with some going so far as to speculate that Willis's recent reported canoodling with 18-year-old Lindsay Lohan at a post-screening party was a stab at his ex-wife's relationship with a man 15 years her junior.
But for all appearances, Kutcher is close friends with Willis and is involved in the lives of Moore and Willis's three daughters, aged 11 to 16.
He also spoke of his desire to be a father last month on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Still, he doesn't talk publicly about his personal life if he can help it.
"No, I don't like talking about it. I don't like talking about it at all,'' Kutcher said. "But at the same time, if somebody's going to ask me a question, I'm not going to lie.''
If Moore's belly suddenly starts swelling, we'll consider ourselves punked.
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.
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.
Ashton Kutcher: Just Married
Star of American sitcom That 70s Show, Ashton Kutcher is a model turned actor whose big break came in teen comedy "Dude, Where's My Car?". He's currently co-starring - with Brittany Murphy - in surprise hit "Just Married", as one half of a young married couple whose relationship falls apart on their honeymoon across Europe.
Your character is quite eccentric. Are you like that in real life?
Tom is closer to me than any other character I've played. If I'm not in control of a situation, I get very anxious and he's the same. A lot of the characters I play are very naïve and I don't think I'm like that. [Laughs] And I'm not stupid!
You're best known as a comic actor. Have you always been a bit of a clown?
I don't think I'm a funny person in general. I have had to learn comedy. The head writer on That 70s Show took me to one side - I was convinced I was going to get fired - and explained that there's a trick to comedy. It's like a waltz. There's this 1-2-3, 1-2-3 rhythm. She taught me that to do comedy, you don't need to try and be funny.
A lot of the relationship problems in the film are down to both characters covering up dark secrets...
I find it funny how a secret, that might be easier to just tell, ends up manifesting into a bigger thing, so you end up arguing over the stupidest, most minute points. That's really what first attracted me to the movie.
So it wasn't the promise of a European holiday?
When I was modelling, I had the opportunity to travel all around the world, so I had been to Europe before and I love it. The history is incredible. Americans think that they have a history but it's nothing compared to Europe.
If the gossip columns are to be believed, you and Brittany Murphy are now something of an item...
About 10 months after we finished the movie, we started spending time together. We just really enjoy each other's company. But we have had experiences similar to those in the movie. Brittany has this purse she always carries around with everything in it. There was a lit candle by the bed, we fell asleep and somehow the purse gets into the candle and suddenly there's four foot flames coming off my dresser and I'm naked fire-fighting. Brittany is convinced the movie gods are out to get us.
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.