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Interview: Ashton Kutcher for "Guess Who"

By Paul Fischer Thursday March 17th 2005 02:04PM
Ashton Kutcher  for "Guess Who"

Ashton Kutcher used to be more relaxed being interviewed, but his relationship with one Demi More has changed all of that. While talking to the press about his comedic turn in the new movie Guess Who, Kutcher laughs at the published stories that he is about to become a dad.

"What? Why am I the last person to find out everything? God, nobody tells me anything. I need to make a phone call if that's true because I'm the last person to find out everything. You're telling me for the first time. I mean if Demi's pregnant, she's certainly not showing yet, so that'll be news to me," he adds amidst some uncomfortable laughter.

While on the surface it seems that Kutcher is more relaxed discussing his personal life, he still admits he would rather not, thank you very much. "I don't like talking about it at all, but at the same time if somebody's going to ask me a question, I'm not going to lie. You know, it could get real awkward and I could like pull one of these -- I'm not talking about this or that -- but I don't have anything to hide. I have no skeletons I'm worried about," Kutcher says, emphatically.

Of less concern to the young actor is the inevitable comparisons that will be made with his and Bernie Mac's take on the 1967 classic, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, now called Guess Who. In the remake, Kutcher stars as the fiancť of a black woman who must deal with her less than enthusiastic father, Bernie Mac. The two begin at odds, but the elder slowly comes to terms with their relationship. "I think the original was perfect in its time for changing inter-racial relationships. I think our movie has the heart of that, the premise, message, and I think it has the soul of that."

Kutcher admits that this latest version is a broader comedy than the original, played primarily for laughs. "You can laugh at it and enjoy it, and I think that once you can start laughing at something and go to the uncomfortable places, those are the times that you can really grow." But the film still deals with race issues, so the humour is at times, uncomfortable, adds the actor. "It is uncomfortable and we've got a lot to do and it ain't all even yet and it's not all right and that's why the movie needs to be made, and I think that it does just that. "

Kutcher was an unknown when plucked from obscurity to co-star in The 70s Show. Not planning to concentrate on comedy, Kutcher says he learned comedy from series co-creator Bonnie Turner. "I think she taught me the dance", but admits that learning comedy is not so easy. "The first trick is you learn not to try to be funny, which is not honest any more, and it's not going to work. For me, I learned this specific timing which is just the beat of it, like a waltz."

Kutcher has developed his comedic sense, and has embarked on a fruitful career, despite the failure of his dramatic turn in The Butterfly Effect. The actor says that the last year has kept him busy. "I've just been busy working. I did this movie, and another movie A Lot Like Love and then went right into the 70s Show, worked on Punk'd and have been producing another television show. Between that and my personal life at home, I really haven't had a whole lot of time to do a whole lot of anything else."

But his TV sitcom career in the guise of That 70s Show, is finally coming to an end, with only one episode of the show left to film. Commenting on the end of his 7 season run, Kutcher says the end is bittersweet. "It's exciting for me, and a little scary, since it's kind of been my safety net for seven years. Just thinking about leaving, I already miss all my friends. I mean they're really my family out here. When I moved out here I didn't know anyone and the only people that I'd met and known were he cast of that show and they all became my best friends and it's going to be a bummer not seeing them." But for young Ashton, there's plenty of life post TV

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