When we hear the name Ashton Kutcher, we automatically think of the heartthrob Michael Kelso, the stud who had a high-profile relationship with Demi Moore, or even that hunky man who Punk’d celebrities on MTV. This “heartthrob” has turned into a man right before our eyes. In honor of Ashton’s 36th birthday, here are his top 8 roles to date:
1. That 70’s Show
Ashton’s breakthrough role grabbed the hearts of teenage girls everywhere.in the early 2000s. Who can forget the incredibly idiotic yet hot Michael Kelso? The fact that this is the show that got Kutcher on the board before the big screen and the fact that ten years after the show started, Kutcher is dating co-star Mila Kunis (so cute!) makes That 70’s Show Ashton’s best role to date.
According to Rotten Tomatoes, this film is mostly rotten, but Ashton’s portrayal of Apple CEO Steve Jobs is what really won me over. Ashton Kutcher is usually known for his roles as the guy who wants to win over the girl or the not so bright average Joe (see: Dude, Where’s My Car, That 70’s Show, Just Married) and Jobs proves that he can take serious roles as well. Though the plotline and script were terrible, Kutcher’s character puts Jobs up on the list.
3. The Butterfly Effect
This would be the other role that Ashton has played that was not his typical role. This sci-fi psychological thriller featured him in a more delicate role, one of his first not as an “average Joe.” Because of his notable job in this movie, The Butterfly Effect gets number three on this list.
4. No Strings Attached
The 2011 rom-com with Kutcher and Natalie Portman reminded all women why Kutcher remains the male equivalent of Kate Hudson of romantic comedies. The script and the acting are well done and the characters are relatable. Kutcher remains as adorable as ever. All these loveable qualities of the movie put no Strings Attached as number 4 on Ashton’s greatest roles.
5. What Happens In Vegas
Once again, Kutcher is type casted as the goofy guy who can’t commit to a relationship – but at least it’s for a reason. Ashton stars alongside Cameron Diaz as two young professionals who end up hitched after a night in Las Vegas. Though the plotline is cliché, Kutcher once again wins us over with his charm – well, Cameron Diaz and us. The stars’ awesome chemistry is what puts this on our list.
6. Just Married
Ashton stars along the late (rest in peace!) Brittany Murphy in this romantic comedy. It seems to show that Ashton Kutcher can have chemistry with any leading lady he’s paired with – is that a talent? Anyway, it’s the typical “boy and girl get together, girls too good for him, her parents don’t approve” story. The plotline is so overdone, but Kutcher is a heartthrob once again.
7. Valentines Day
The movie was terrible and the script was weak, like Jobs, but his character won over audiences. Kutcher plays the flower shop owner Reed Bennet who gets dumped by Jessica Alba’s character, only to try to find love in his best friend, played by Jennifer Garner. Though the movie was a flop, his character was just all around loveable.
8. Two and a Half Man
The only reason that Two and a Half Men is on this list is because he replaced Charlie Sheen and in turn became the highest paid actor on TV. If anyone can make the show continue, and maybe even do better without a beloved original cast member, it’s Ashton.