So I just started doing other things; and on a half-hour sitcom, you're really only working for 30 hours a week.
Kutcher began his career as a model and began his acting career portraying Michael Kelso in the Fox sitcom That '70s Show, which aired for eight seasons.
He made his film debut in the romantic comedy Coming Soon and became known by audiences in the comedy film Dude, Where's My Car? In 2003, Kutcher appeared in romantic comedies Just Married and My Boss's Daughter and, the same year, he created, produced, and hosted Punk'd which aired on MTV for five seasons until its revival in 2012.
However, Kutcher's home life worsened as his parents divorced when he was 16.
During his senior year, he broke into his high school at midnight with his cousin in an attempt to steal money; he was arrested leaving the scene.
"If anything, I'm a trier," says Kutcher between puffs of filtered Lucky Strikes.
"I think, more than anything, it comes from the fact that my father always had several irons in the fire. If something doesn't work out—if That '70s Show got canceled or if I wasn't going to have a film career—I always wanted to have backup contingency plans.
Michael's cardiomyopathy caused Kutcher's home life to become increasingly stressful.
He has said that he "didn't want to come home and find more bad news" about his brother, stating, "I kept myself so busy that I didn't allow myself to feel." Kutcher stated that, when he was 13, he contemplated committing suicide to save his brother's life with a heart transplant; when he told his father he was considering jumping from a Cedar Rapids hospital balcony, his father dissuaded him from doing so shortly before doctors announced that a transplant had become available from an accident victim in another state.
The film received mixed to negative reviews, but was a box office success.
In 2003, Kutcher produced and starred as the host in his own series, MTV's Punk'd, that involved hidden camera tricks performed on celebrities.
The show ended with a forty-minute series finale "Of Course He's Dead" on February 19, 2015.