Ashton Kutcher Refuses To Punk Any More
There'll be no more Punk'd while Ashton's around... the star of recent release "What Happens In Vegas" has vowed that he's going to stop all that stuff in future. And it's not because he's grown up. Rather, he's a tad worried that all his jokes have rubbed the wrong way on his famous victims, leaving him with not much choice when it comes to future roles.
Ashton said of his lapsed Punk'd passion: "You punk your co-stars...people won't want to work with you anymore. So I kind of had to lay off of that."
Co-star Cameron Diaz seems to be a lucky one then. Particularly with her claiming that "a partnership like this [i.e. acting in a movie together] is trust and if you don't trust the person, if you think around every corner you're going to get slapped in the face, it's not so fresh."
Never mind the fact that Cameron was paid to be slapped around every corner in their recent movie. The comedy, which shows a recently-married (and newly-met!) couple having to bear the responsibility for their drunken Las Vegas hitch-up, relies on all the usual slapping around and wrestling sequences so predictable in marriages. Note to Dennis Rodman: not really.
Meanwhile, it seems that Ashton doesn't really mind about breaking someone else's trust, so long as it's not a person he'll have to work with in future. This could have been a long line of serious actors - it takes a long think to imagine Ashton doing anything else but comedies - but clearly he's not all that sure of his future career, because he's extended a general hiatus on punking all celebs.
Rather, the paparazzi now seem cool targets, with Ashton's new show Pop Fiction (screening on Channel E!) using a host of B-grade celebrities to turn the tables on those hapless paps. Unfortunately, the idea seems to have bellyflopped big-time - because who wants to see the media "embarrassed" when you could watch Justin Timberlake get all teary that his dogs have been taken away? Apart from the issue that facts have never been a gossip story's best attribute anyway, this new show misses all the tears and frustration of a good, hard Punk. Show us a hidden camera in the People office, and maybe it'll be a different story. Though we think you're more likely to see some tight-mouthed CEO fire her photocopy boy, or better still, promote him to Chief Editor.
Yet perhaps a further explanation of Flop Fiction is that it just doesn't seem that funny to make the media think that Paris is visiting a guru, or Avril Lavigne is going shopping for baby clothes. We reckon Ashton was onto a good thing when he said, a few years ago: "the only time a celebrity buying coffee is interesting is if they're nude...or if they're on Punk'd".