WATCH: Ashton Kutcher Makes Tear-Jerking Tribute To His Twin Brother In Emotional Acceptance Speech
Ashton Kutcher was awarded the Robert D. Ray Pilliar of Character Award over the weekend in recognition of his work with local schools and the Native Fund, which helps the state of Iowa (his hometown) when it's affected by natural disasters.
Durign the sixteen minute speech (which you can watch in full below) the 39-year-old actor pays tribute to many people who influenced his life and made him into the man his today.
Specifically, Ashton honoured his twin brother Michael who was born with Cerebal Palsy.
"I shared every birthday, every Christmas, I shared my bedroom, I shared my clothes, I shared everything I had in this world and I didn't know that there was another way because I always had my brother with me," he said. "My brother was born with cerebral palsy and it taught me that loving people isn't a choice and that people aren't actually all created equal. The Constitution lies to us. We're not all created equal. We're all created incredibly inequal to one another, in our capabilities and what we can do and how we think and what we see. But we all have the equal capacity to love one another, and my brother taught me that."
He continued, "When I got older, I spent years and years feeling bad about it, our inequalities. He also taught me that he had gifts that I didn't have. Extraordinary gifts that I didn't have, and that every time I felt sorry for him in life, I made him less. He taught me that and he gave that to me."
Ashton also thanked his wife Mila Kunis and their two children, Wyatt and Dimitri, in a moment that is bound to make you tear up.
"But the greatest, greatest lesson in character in my life are my kids," he said. "When I had these kids, my wife and I had these kids and we got to share that amazing, amazing, amazing honour, my first response was, I wanted to call my parents and say, 'I'm sorry, because I never knew how much you loved me.'"
He added, "Because life doesn't happen to you, it happens for you. Every. Single. Time. And as long as you have love and kindness and optimism and a pursuit of something greater in your heart, you're the lucky one. So this award is for you. It is for my family, it's for all four of my parents, it's for my wife..."
Watch the full speech below...