He also gives a very important update on his infamous trucker hats.
Demi Moore isn't the only one resurfacing a few Ashton Kutcher stories from his past this week. Appearing on the viral video series "Hot Ones," Kutcher spilled some tales of his own, all while throwing back some of the spiciest chicken on earth.
During the 30-minute interview, where guests are tasked with eating increasingly-hotter wings while also answering a few probing questions, the now-41-year-old actor looked back at his days on "Punk'd," the MTV series in which he pranked other celebrities. It was thanks to that show that he also became close to Sean "Diddy" Combs, who he also has no problem calling out during the sit down.
The show, which began in 2003 with an epic hidden camera stunt that made Justin Timberlake believe his home was being seized by the IRS, often went over the top with its setups -- as "Hot Ones" host Sean Evans wondered if they ever seriously lost money on the episodes thanks to celebrities realizing what was happening.
"Usually if a mark caught on to what we were doing, we would hit the eject button and keep the bit up and try to bring somebody else into the scenario so we didn't lose the money," explained Kutcher. "Or we would keep it going on for so long, they'd be like, there's no way I'm being Punk'd. The most we lost was $300,000. I want to say there was a special effect that was supposed to go off that didn't trigger ... we had to just pull."
Kutcher explained that he and Diddy became friends after the hip-hop mogul reached out to tell Ashton to never punk him, ever. "He was like, 'Not me, I'm off the table,'" said Kutcher. While he wouldn't spill any crazy party stories, he did break down one rather embarrassing moment for Diddy during a hangout.
"He comes over to go for a run, about halfway through the run, he's like, 'I'm running out of gas right now,'" set up Kutcher. "We had paparazzi all around us at the time and he was like, 'You gotta slow down, but make it look like you're not slowing down because I don't wanna look like I'm not gonna be able to finish this thing.'
"He was so upset over the fact he got skunked on this run, that year he decided to run the New York Marathon," he added. "He just can't lose, even when he's that close to humility, it becomes a driver."
During those early 2000s, Kutcher was known for the Von Dutch trucker hats he often wore on the show, many of which he actually held onto until earlier this year. "I just thew them all out yesterday, two days ago," he told Evans. "I was cleaning out the house and I tossed a bunch of the trucker hats."
Shifting gears with a spicier wing, the host also asked Kutcher about being axed from Cameron Crowe's 2005 movie "Elizabethtown." Saying he was "fired," Kutcher said that his replacement, Orlando Bloom was who Crowe initially wanted for the film, but he wasn't available due to another project.
"I went in and auditioned, he cast me and then we started working on it and I think he wanted to see the character in rehearsals all the way and I probably wasn't disciplined enough as an actor to get myself where I was at a point where I was able to do that and show him in a way that he felt comfortable," Kutcher explained. "At a certain point we just agreed it wasn't working out. More him than me. But also I found out at the same time, Orlando Bloom had just become available right when he let me go, so he had a nice safety net he could land on."
Kutcher also gave props to other actors like Gary Oldman, Joaquin Phoenix and Ryan Gosling for keeping their real life personas private, something he wished he had done in his early career.
"There are actors that do very, very, well by being very, very well known as who they are in their daily lives. If I were to do my career differently, I think I would have held who I am and who I am in my personal life way closer to the vest so that I had more versatility in the characters that I play," he said. "Because sometimes I'll be playing a character and they just call bullshit instantly because they know who I am, they can't buy into me, they can't make the imagination leap into me as the character."
Kutcher currently stars on "The Ranch," which dropped Part 7 on Netflix earlier this month.