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Spread - Ashton Kutcher interview

Ashton Kutcher in Spread

Compiled by Jack Foley

ASHTON Kutcher talks about his latest film, Spread, in which he plays a young LA socialite leading a playboy lifestyle who eventually gets his comeuppance when he falls for a beautiful young woman leading the same way of life.

Q. Can you tell me about Spread?
Ashton Kutcher: So, somebody slipped me the script for Spread and when I read it I was really fascinated by a story of Los Angeles that I haven’t seen before. I found it to be a tale of a slightly morally comprised character but that also had a conscience, that ultimately would present a challenge for me as an actor to play a character that was doing very unlikable things. And see if I could get the audience to come along with me on that ride, even though that character was doing unlikable things. And when David McKenzie came along aboard, I felt that his story-telling ability would enhance the film immensely and I was excited about working with him. And then with the cast I just gradually more and more excited to be a part of it.

Q. In this film there are a lot of rules in the dating game you take a look at. Do you think we can apply these rules in real life? Do you think we all have our own set of rules?
Ashton Kutcher: I think there are things people can do in the dating world that will make them more successful daters. However, I don’t think there are things you can do in the dating world that are portrayed in this film, that is going to get you closer to your soul mate. So, I think there’s a difference between finding someone to hook up with and finding someone to date, and I think this movie is a lot more about finding someone to hook up with and then becomes about finding someone to date.

Q. There was a lot of nudity in the film. Was it easy to get ready for the roles or was it difficult to shoot some of those scenes?
Ashton Kutcher: I think the first couple of times I had to do a scene where I was nude, there was definitely an uncomfortable aspect to it. After a while, you just sorta… you know the crew has already seen what they are going to see and they’re not going to see anymore so it’s not like you are going to expose more. So you just sorta do it.

Q. What is the best pick-up line you have ever used or been give to you?
Ashton Kutcher: I think that is the truest thing about the movie, the best pick-up line… the only pick-up line is: “Hi my name is…” And it’s the truest thing about the movie. There is only one pick-up line and that is: “Hi my name is Ashton…”

Q. Why was this movie so important to you to make?
Ashton Kutcher: It was important to me that this movie is honest. And when you are making an honest movie about a guy choosing between love and lifestyle, and his lifestyle is a the lifestyle that is a pretty promiscuous one, you have to portray that and you have to portray that honestly. Because it really explores how people use sex sort of as a tool to gain personal wealth and use it in selfish means, and so I think in order to display it honestly, you kind of have to go there with it.

Q. How common is this lifestyle?
Ashton Kutcher: I don’t know how common it is, but I know there are people that operate in this way-guys and girls- and I know that there are- you know in a city that is sort of built on this notion of fame, glitz, being in front of the camera and the stars, and the wealth and the cars, I think that it becomes something that people chase and pursue maybe more readily in Los Angeles.

Q. You’re well known for your Twitter-ing. How did you first become so hooked?
Ashton Kutcher: I think that social media in generally took off a long time before I got there. I mean with Myspace, I didn’t really get in to the whole Myspace thing at first, now I have an account. Even before that, Friendster and Facebook. Twitter you know is just the next generation of that. And why it is so valuable is because it has a viral component, you can connect with a lot of people quickly and the communication is just faster, cleaner and stronger. Did I know it was going to take off? No. I knew that I found it really useful and interesting and I knew that sort of engaging directly with my fans and collaborate with them, I found that to be a really valuable tool.

Q. are you Twittering right now?
Ashton Kutcher: I am twittering right now. I do it so much that I move my leg like this that I can actually type with the device in my pocket. I’m like: “Hey what’s up? I am hanging out with Mario today.” And then I just hit send. Hold on wait a second. I just hit send. So ah, that should be up shortly.

Spread is released in cinemas nationwide from January 1, 2010.