Ashton Kutcher was the lucky replacement for Charlie Sheen on “Two And A Half Men”, when Sheen was fired. The replacement was meant as a test, initially, to see if Kutcher could replace Sheen. Now that the original contract is ending, Kutcher has made it known that he wishes to remain with the show. He states that he has enjoyed working with the cast and others related to the show, and that he would like to do more of it.
According to current reports, Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer are being offered two year deals to return to a comedy that is already in its tenth season. The main hold up on the deal seams to be about money, in the form of raises. Before Charlie Sheen left the show, he was making $1.25 million per episode. Kutcher, reportedly is only making $700,000 per episode, and Jon Cryer is making less than that. There are reports that Kutcher has asked for as much as $1 million per episode to return for another season. Another complication comes in the form of timing. The network and creators of “Two And A Half Men” are in the process of deciding whether or not to continue the show past its 10th season.
While in the midst of negotiations for another season, Kutcher also landed the role as Steve Jobs in the biographic movie “Jobs”. The announcement elicited mixed reviews from Jobs and Kutcher fans, alike. Seen mostly as a comedic actor that has never delved very deep in any role, the idea of Kutcher playing the role of a beloved and insightful Jobs was strange for many.
When questioned about his thoughts on it, however, co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak says he feels Kutcher will do a good job. Wozniak went on to say that the fears many seem to have about Kutcher’s new role is that they feel he may have just been picked because he is popular. However, Wozniak said the process by which Kutcher was chosen for the role was completely professional, and that he was confident Kutcher would put a lot into his role as Jobs. Wozniak did express regret that Jobs wouldn’t be here to help with the film, saying that his opinions and guidance would have been invaluable.
The film will cover the 1970s and 1980s, which was the time that Wozniak was closest to Jobs.
As for Kutcher’s part, he is already meeting with former associates of Jobs for research and insight on Jobs, the man and legend. Those close to Kutcher report that he has cancelled other projects and meetings and that he is letting his hair out. He is quoted as saying he feels the role as Jobs was meant for him. Those that know Kutcher say that he feels a connection with Jobs, respecting what the legend was able to accomplish in all things digital. Kutcher is known as an avid techie, himself.
Filming for “Jobs” starts in May of 2012, with the hope of releasing it by Thanksgiving of this year.
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