Ashton Kutcher: Fame is 'crap'

Ashton Kutcher stopped by Ellen DeGeneres' show today and when they weren't talking about mustaches, they chatted about a recent speech he gave at the Teen Choice Awards.

When Ellen said it was an "important" speech, Kutcher said it was "kind of like I don't know if I will ever get another Teen Choice Award again, but it just felt like an opportunity to be honest."

He went on to explain, "I think that so much of what we see in the world today is this sort of propaganda machine around fame and around celebrity and I actually think there are some kids in the world that grow up today and think I want to be famous instead of when I grow up I want to do something, I want to build something, I want to create something."

He says he "thought it was a valuable moment to actually let them know that all that is kind of crap and that working hard and being thoughtful and generous and smart it's a path to a better life."

Kutcher figures that the show offered "an opportunity to do something different and I hope that, you know, if there is one person that was listening that pursues a different path I think it did what I wanted it to do."

Ellen agreed that it's important for teens to know that "it's about hard work and I think a lot of people don't want to as work hard anymore the way a lot of us did when we started out."

But Kutcher said the system has changed because now "you have people who are famous for the sake of being famous or famous for the sake of being second-generation wealthy families. I think it shifts a dynamic in society and I also think there's an entitlement that's starting to emerge that I think is unhealthy for people and unhealthy for our country. And its funny, I talk to some of my friends and they don't want to get a job at Starbucks, or they don't want to get a job at wherever because they feel like it's below them and I think the only thing that can be below you is to not have a job."

His advice? "Go work until you can get the job you that want to have. And I'm really lucky to get to work with a lot of entrepreneurs that are building some of the coolest, new stuff in the world and these guys work – guys and girls – work really hard and they put in the hours and they're generous and care about other people and it's what led to their success."

Oh, and about that mustache? It's part of the Movember movement but his was "not quite filled in" so he put on a fake one. The problem, he says, is his Two and a Half Men shooting schedule: "So the show, we shoot every Thursday and Friday, so Friday's in front of a live audience and so I have to shave every week for the show and but I'm trying to represent the kids for the Movember."


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