Ashton Kutcher Explains How ‘Dumb and Dumber’ Made a ‘Giant Impression’ on Him

Ashton Kutcher credits Dumb and Dumber for making a “giant impression” on him and his acting career. Ahead, find out how exactly the comedy movie influenced 42-year-old Kutcher.

The Iowa native undoubtedly has a successful acting career but he started out working some interesting jobs before hitting it big in Hollywood. He once worked in a factory “sweeping up cereal dust” before landing a job in New York City as a Calvin Klein model.

Eventually, Kutcher found his way to acting and today, stars in the Netflix original series, The Ranch, but also works a venture capitalist. His acting career has involved many comedic roles and as Kutcher said in an Instagram post, it had a lot to do with Dumb and Dumber

‘Dumb and Dumber’ taught Kutcher ‘that being serious is overrated’

So, how did Dumb and Dumber influence Kutcher and his acting roles? According to an Instagram post from the actor on Oct. 19, 2018, Dumb and Dumber had a big influence on him and his approach to comedy. 

“This movie taught me that being serious is [sic] overrated,” Kutcher wrote in the caption alongside a picture of Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in the memorable orange and blue tuxedos their characters wore in the film. “Made a giant impression on the comedic characters I chose to play,” he said before adding, “There’s a smart way to be dumb!” 

Dumb and Dumber premiered in 1994, according to IMDb. It followed Carrey and Daniels as Lloyd and Harry, two dimwitted best friends who made a cross-country road trip to return a briefcase to its owner (Lauren Holly). Along the way, they encountered obstacles. Ultimately they arrived at their destination only to learn the briefcase’s owner deliberately left it at the airport filled with money as ransom to get her kidnapped husband back.

Dumb and Dumber didn’t get stellar reviews — it scored 67% on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer — but it spawned two more films about Lloyd and Harry, 2003’s Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd and 2014’s Dumb and Dumber To.

He’s starred in many comedies

While the actor has starred in dramas, most of his roles have an element of comedy to them and the reasoning for Kutcher’s movie roles –as far as comedies are concerned — make more sense considering his comments about Dumb and Dumber.

Ashton Kutcher speaks during WeWork Presents Second Annual Creator Global Finals on Jan. 9, 2019
Ashton Kutcher speaks during WeWork Presents Second Annual Creator Global Finals on Jan. 9, 2019 | Michael Kovac/Getty Images for WeWork

There’s Kutcher’s turn as a dimwitted young man in 2000’s Dude, Where’s My Car? Then there’s his That ‘70s Show character, Michael Kelso, the not-so-smart but lovable friend. And his more recent role as Walden Schmidt on Two and a Half Men. These are only a few of Kutcher’s comedic acting credits over the course of his 20-year career. 

Ashton Kutcher’s 10 most influential movies

Not only did Kutcher talk about Dumb and Dumber on Instagram but he shared 10 influential movies with his followers after a friend of his — @thehurricane on Instagram — “challenged” him to post the 10 movies that were the most inspiring to him over the course of 10 days.

Kutcher’s most influential movies included The Shawshank Redemption (1994), The Goonies (1985), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Stand by Me (1986), Last Tango in Paris (1972), Boyz n the Hood (1991), National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989), The Graduate (1967), The Apartment (1960), and, of course, Dumb and Dumber (1994).