Saturday, May 30, 2015

Ashton Kutcher's big ... IQ

Details mag has shocking revelations about Punk'd prankster and Charlie Sheen replacement Ashton Kutcher: He's smart. Like really smart.

Ashton Kutcher's big ... IQ

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Shocking revelations about Punk’d prankster and Charlie Sheen replacement Ashton Kutcher: He’s smart. Like really smart.

The former runway model who played the deeply vapid pretty boy Kelso on That '70s Show is outed by Details mag as a sophisticated tech head and sharp businessman.

Sure, we’ve always known that Demi Moore’s 33-year-old hubby isn’t just a cute (sooo cute, sooo perfect) face. But he’s so much more!

He’s Bill Gates, Jeff Spicoli and Cary Grant all rolled up into one!

The mag details an impressive list of extra-thespianic accomplishments racked up by Ash over the past dozen years: He studied biochemical engineering at the University of Iowa; his groovy MTV show, Punk’d was made by his own production company Katalyst Media (he co-founded it with partner Jason Goldberg).

Then there’s the tech world. Simply put, Ashton owns it, big-time.

A wily investor in media and tech properties, Ash's venture capital firm, A Grade Investments, which he co-founded with Madonna’s manager Guy Oseary and supermarket billionaire Ron Burkle, has amassed a portfolio of media winners, including Skype, Foursquare and SoundCloud. And he likes to share his knowledge: He regularly speaks at -- or hosts his own -- tech innovation summits.

How’d he become a tech nerd? “About three years ago I started playing around with Facebook and Twitter, “ Ash tells Details, “and I realized what could be done inside real-time shared media, where you didn't have to be connected to a big portal or big media outlet to get your story out. I thought that was pretty powerful.”

Real-time shared media? Big portals?

And let’s not forget Ashton’s advocacy on behalf of child prostitution and other forms of sexual degradation. He recently called Village Voice’s online adult classifieds "a digital brothel,” and asked major advertisers to pull out of the alterna weekly.

Then there’s Ashton’s commitment to being a responsible celeb. Asked how he maintains the line between his public and private selves, he expounds on a Hegalian theory of social morality and he goes all Emil Durkheim with the God reference.

“You have to learn to negotiate it, or you can choose not to participate,” Ash says. “It's almost like a manifestation of God. People used to behave morally because they thought God was always watching—in some ways God today is the collective, and the collective is watching.”

So, what’s the deal with his (non)relationship with Sheen, whose place he is taking on hit sitcom, Two And a Half Men? Does the self-described “Vatican Assassin” hate Ashton for taking his TV job?

“I don't know him. I've never met him in my life,” says Ashton. “But, you know, he sent me congratulations and wished me well.”

Read the full interview at http://bit.ly/nf83iv

Inquirer Sideshow Columnist
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