Saturday, 14 May 2011

Ashton Kutcher is much different 'Man' for the job

Ashton Kutcher is gnarly.
That simple fact makes the news that Charlie Sheen's place he will take on the "Two and a Half Men" very intriguing. It also helps establish the extent to which Kutcher creates a high contrast image-wise to Sheen. And how, presumably, he will be a new spin on the hit CBS sitcom was released from Sheen.
Bottom line: What does gnarly, Kutcher is not - that Sheen's lexicon, it represents much of what he claims to be famous and celebrated.
On Friday, CBS and Warner Bros. Television announced that Kutcher will top-rated TV comedy join next season.
This switcheroo will be nothing but deep.
For starters, Kutcher has a baby-faced 33 years old, while Sheen is a sharp-featured, party hard 45.
The character that Sheen played eight seasons on "Men" - a fast life, womanizing CAD - drew inspiration from his own comic life Sheen's sex sprees, serial marriages and substance abuse.

On the other hand, Kutcher is a bit neater image: He is fairly quiet married almost six years to Demi Moore (who, unlike the choice of Sheen's partners, is older - 15 years - rather than much younger than her mate).

Kutcher sitcom stardom first found more than a decade ago as the lovable but goofy teenager, Kelso on "That '70s Show," and, on the screen as he puppydog health, a suave sexiness that translated to preserve his romantic comedies . He is a sensitive, mischievous modest stud.
Remember the description by the New Yorker film critic David Denby's review of recent Kutcher movie, "no strings attached": .. "He seemed surprised much of the time, a bit slow but crafty amused about women he's not offensive in any way, he is even quite nice."
Rather endearing, actually.
Contrast, Sheen played the character on "Men," Charlie Harper, was not meant to be sympathetic rather than as glorified the life of the male dream.
"I make a lot of money for doing very little work," Charlie Harper boasted on the show premiered in 2003. "I sleep with beautiful women who did not ask about my feelings. I drive a Jag. I live on the beach. "

Charlie expressed his dweebish, tense chiropractor brother Alan (Jon Cryer), whose wife had just thrown him out of the house. Alan and his son Jake (Angus T. Jones), had crashed with Charlie. They remained there.
The core of "Men" was the difference between life and Charlie's plenty of frustration there Alan.
"My life is pathetic," Alan moaned on an episode of this season. "On the other hand, Charlie's life is great."
But now Charlie is gone.
The big question that had weighed on the minds of the "Men" handicappers since Sheen got the boat more than two months ago - who the heck will replace him? - Was charged with the announcement Friday.
But other questions Kutcher prepares to Cryer and Jones join the sitcom's ensemble.
One of them: What role will Kutcher play, and how will confirm that new character the show is crucial dynamic between a man who thinks he has it all and another man who is pretty sure he has nothing?
Meanwhile, will the changes be acceptable to the vast audience (more than 14 million viewers per week) who likes to "Men" fine as it was, with Sheen?
Now that Chuck Lorre, creator and executive producer of "Men," the new man, his challenge is how to fit the new man.
Remember a joke this season, when, with mock sympathy, Charlie Harper, his brother said, "I get it. You're bored, you're lonely, you can not afford a whore."
While waiting for "Men" to return for Season 9 this fall, fans of the show could ask themselves: What would Ashton Kutcher say instead?


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