Having enjoyed a great deal of success on and off the screen, Ashton Kutcher has proven himself to be more than meets the eye. Can he also surprise us by playing the guitar?
There is reason to believe that Ashton Kutcher can play the guitar, at least to some degree. The first appearance of Kutcher playing the guitar publicly was in “That ’70s Show”, in the episode “Kelso’s Serenade”. He displayed his guitar skills again in his movie “A Lot Like Love”, performing Bon Jovi’s “I’ll Be There For You”. He also uploaded a video of him playing the guitar with then-partner Demi Moore’s daughter, Scout, in 2011, performing a song they wrote together entitled “My Sober”.
For more on Ashton Kutcher’s screen history with guitars and his duet with Scout, read on.
That ’70s Show
Our first look at Ashton Kutcher playing the guitar came during a 2000 episode of “That ’70s Show” entitled “Kelso’s Serenade”. As the title suggests, the episode follows Kutcher’s character, Kelso, as he struggles to learn the guitar in order to impress Jackie.
Unfortunately, Kelso’s efforts are ultimately in vain and Jackie is instead serenaded by Fez.
There is an extra layer of irony on rewatching the episode, however, as Kutcher did eventually win the heart of Mila Kunis, who portrayed Jackie in the show.
They have been married since July 4, 2015, and, as of writing, had two children together, though we can’t be sure whether or not Ashton broke out his guitar to serenade Mila in real life.
A Lot Like Love
Another of Kutcher’s more famous musical performances came in his 2005 movie, “A Lot Like Love”, where his character, Oliver, performs a song for Emily, portrayed by Amanda Peet.
Oliver performs “I’ll Be There For You” by Bon Jovi and Kutcher was tasked with actually performing the song himself, both the lyrics and guitar. While his singing in the scene probably leaves something to be desired, Ashton’s guitar playing is perfectly passable.
He was apparently keen to learn the song well enough to perform it himself and his musical moment was probably the film’s most memorable scene. This wasn’t the only talent that Kutcher developed for the movie, as he also displayed a natural affinity for using sign language.
In 2011, Kutcher uploaded another guitar moment to his YouTube channel. This particular performance was not for a movie or TV show, rather he was sharing a touching moment with a family member.
Kutcher’s relationship with Demi Moore initially raised some eyebrows, given that she was 41 and he was 25 when they started dating.
This was apparently especially complicated for Moore’s daughters from her previous marriage to Bruce Willis, with Rumer Willis closer to Kutcher’s age than Moore was. For somebody who had posters of Kutcher on her wall, discovering that her teenage crush was going to become her stepfather must have been difficult to come to terms with.
In time, however, Moore’s three daughters apparently came to have good relationships with Kutcher. There is probably no better display of this than Kutcher’s duet with Moore’s daughter, Scout, which he uploaded to YouTube in 2011.
The video shows the pair performing a song that they apparently wrote that morning, entitled “My Sober”. Scout performs vocals while Kutcher provides the soundtrack with an acoustic guitar.
It is a love song, using the singer’s love for coffee as a metaphor for their love of a person. At the end of the song, Ashton and Scout toast the camera with their coffee mugs, suggesting that their love for the drink is not entirely fictional.
They also exchange a high five. Although Kutcher and Moore divorced in 2013, the song remains on YouTube as a reminder of Ashton and Scout’s bond.