The following article appeared in the March 28, 2005 issue of Jet Magazine
For Ashton and Bernie It's Not All Black and White
By Mike Szymanski
When Ashton Kutcher couldn't bring his African-American best friend to a family reunion in Iowa when he was a kid, he recalls his mother saying to him, "I don't know that some of the relatives would think that that was a good idea."
When Bernie Mac was growing up in Chicago his family used to call him "Little Sidney" because Sidney Poitier was one of the few actors of color who was a role model. "When I was a boy, there were only four blacks that ever meant anything to minority, and that was Diahann Carroll, Sammy [Davis Jr.], Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier, and Sidney Poitier to me was extreme."
Kutcher, at 27, is two decades younger than Mac, but they both say they catch hints of racism even in their liberal ethnically-mixed surroundings in Los Angeles, where they both now live. Independently, they were both developing some sort of an update of Poitier's legendary "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," which was nominated for best picture in 1967 and touched on interracial relationships. So, their two production companies combined their ideas for the project and came up with "Guess Who." (Read More...)
Mac and Kutcher on Guess Who
Source: Andrew Weil
ComingSoon.net talked to Bernie Mac and Ashton Kutcher, who star in Columbia Pictures' new comedy Guess Who. Mac plays Percy Jones who is taking no chances with his daughter Theresa's future. Even before he meets Simon Green, her latest boyfriend, Percy has him checked out. On paper, he passes with flying colors - great job, good investments and a promising future. Not like the other losers she's dated in the past. But there's one thing the credit report didn't tell him. Simon Green (Kutcher) is white. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Unless, of course, Simon wants to marry his daughter. Which he does.
Ashton Kutcher does an impression of Bernie Mac in the film and it didn't bother Mac one bit. "I think that's flattery. That doesn't bother me. I bother it. We're here so short a time, man, there's so much other stuff that's going on that I think- - he probably did it wrong. He probably did it wrong but that's okay. Just the fact that he chose me."
Kutcher talked about the gestation of the film. "Yeah. It's kind of like one of those bizarre coincidences. My production company and myself came up with doing a remake of 'Guess Who's Coming To Dinner', with the idea of having Bernie be the person who plays the father. And simultaneously Bernie came up with the idea to do an adaptation of the movie as well. And Sony was already in the process of wanting to do it as well, so everything kind of lined up at the right time." (Read More...)