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Actor Ashton Kutcher is featured in Esquire’s March issue, covering his career and his most recent film, jOBS. Kutcher has some harsh words for his worst films, admitting that he has made some awful choices over the years.
“I know exactly what films I've done that f***ing suck donkey,” Kutcher tells the magazine, possibly referring to critically panned films like Valentine’s Day, What Happens In Vegas and New Year’s Eve. “And I know the ones that are good, that people like.”
He continues, “And I know it not because of the box office, because the box office is not going to tell you the truth. I know it because I have friends that don't hold back. They don't depend on me for money or employment. They're just friends. Friends tell the truth.”
Kutcher explains that get your failures out of the way first. “If you're going to f**k up, get it over with.”
As JustJared notes, Kutcher also gave some more insight into what it was like to play Steve Jobs in the upcoming film about the late Apple co-founder. He called Jobs an “extraordinary guy” and remembered one particular speech he found.
“There was a speech that I found where he said, ‘So when you grow up, if you spend your life trying not to bounce into walls, just inheriting what you get, you gotta know your life can be a lot broader than that. Once you realize one simple thing: Everything around you that you call life was made by people who are no smarter than you. And you can change it. You can influence it. You can build your own things that other people can use.’
"And I heard that and I knew exactly what the niche for making that movie was, what the social need for making the movie was. For people seeking purpose,” Kutcher said. “I remember growing up and looking at the world and going, Okay, how do I live in this? Instead of How do I create it? How do I build it? How do I make something? And the empowerment of these ideas, I think they make an important story.”
Will jOBS become one of those films that “suck donkey”? Kutcher doesn’t think so.
“I think it turned out really well,” he said.
Audiences will decide for themselves on April 19. Esquire’s latest issue hits newsstands on Feb. 19.