Ashton Kutcher on Killers
By Fred Topel | Image property of Lionsgate
Ashton Kutcher is going the action-comedy route with Killers. He plays a CIA hitman who settles down with a wife (Katherine Heigl). When old contacts put out a hit on him, his secret past comes out.
Ashton Kutcher One of the Killers
“My character in the film is a guy who starts out in this extraordinary place with this extraordinary profession,” Kutcher said. “When he meets the right person, he decides that he just wants a normal life, and it’s a life that he doesn’t necessarily get to have. For me, I found that I was connected to that. Also, when I read the script, I had been looking for a movie like this, that was a two-hander and that was a fun, entertaining action-comedy. I thought I was going to find it in a buddy cop movie with two guys. And then, when I read this script, I realized that this kind of movie hadn’t been made in awhile and I felt like we could have a really good time doing it and make a really entertaining film.”
Playing the killer meant Kutcher got to do some cool movie stunts. He has a long way to go before he’s an action star though. “I do have a stunt person. I’m not as awesome as Tom Cruise. I don’t jump through glass. I didn’t participate in that. My stunt guy went to the hospital twice, for jumping through glass. I did jump off a boat and I did most of the fight stuff.”
Perhaps Kutcher over-prepared. “I bought one of those exercise DVDs off the TV. I put it in and watched it, and got in shape. I did some fight training. I learned Krav Maga, Muay Thai and Kali, which is a Filipino knife fighting. And then, I realized that I should have learned how to movie fight ‘cause on the first fight scene, I knocked out a stunt guy. That was a bad ordeal. We were doing that scene on the boat, and we were on a yacht in the wind. He threw a punch and I blocked it, and then punched him and knocked him out. I felt really bad about that. And then, I kicked Rob [Riggle] in the face. I hurt a lot of people. I should have just let the stunt guy do everything, to be honest, and stuck to just making jokes.”
With his hands in production, Kutcher worked behind the scenes on the film too. He had to solve production problems as well as pull off his performance. “As a producer, I’m extremely satisfied with the film. We set out to make a movie that was a $100 million movie for $70 million. That’s always tricky because you don’t have that luxury of the extra day, or the back-up when something goes wrong. We got to Nice, France and it was supposed to be sunny and beautiful, but it was freezing and windy, and we were on a yacht that was pitching. And then, we got to Atlanta and, in the middle of the night, one of our generators got struck by lightning, so it just shut us down. And it rained and rained and rained. We got fogged out one night. We were shooting outdoors, doing the scene where the car is crashing through the fences, and we got fogged out. Every single time one of those things happened, we just had to completely re-jigger what we were doing, in order to make the movie, make it on time and make it on budget. We got very, very close. I think we were a couple days over and a couple dollars over, but we kept it pretty well close.”
Killers is out in theaters now.
For the trailers, posters and more movie info, go to the Killers Movie Page.
Sources: Image property of Lionsgate
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