Kutcher vs. Kutcher weekend - The Hollywood Reporter 9/29/06
The case of Kutcher vs. Kutcher
By Nicole Sperling
The Hollywood Reporter
September 29, 2006
Can the live-action Ashton Kutcher beat the animated Ashton Kutcher?
That will be the test this weekend as the rising star is featured in what likely will be the top two films at the domestic boxoffice. It might be a close contest between Buena Vista Pictures' "The Guardian", and Columbia Pictures' "Open Season," the first feature from Sony Pictures Animation.
But whatever the outcome, there's sure to be a big payday for the former star of Fox's "That '70s Show." Buena Vista's "Guardian," an inspirational story starring Kevin Costner and Kutcher, opens in 3,833 theaters. The PG-13 film from Touchstone Pictures, centers on a renowned Rescue Swimmer (Costner) who trains a cocky young Coast Guard recruit (Kutcher). Directed by Andrew Davis ("The Fugitive," "Collateral Damage"), the film could prove to be a commercial comeback for Costner as he transitions into roles befitting an older movie star. It comes on the heels of last year's "The Upside of Anger," in which the actor earned strong reviews for taking on a male lead that was also a bit of a scruffy, character role.