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Ashton Kutcher on Walden Schmidt, social media -- and Anthony Weiner?

August 9, 2011 |  4:13 pm

Ashton Kutcher will play Walden Schmidt

Ashton Kutcher's life is about to go meta as the actor and social-media influencer takes on the role of Internet mogul Walden Schmidt on "Two and a Half Men," but no worries: Frequent Tweeter @aplusk isn't shy when it comes to sharing.

"I've been flirting with going back to TV for a while. When this opportunity came up, I thought to myself, 'Why not?' " Kutcher says of replacing Charlie Sheen after his disastrous exit from "Men."

"It's somewhere between an alien and Jesus Christ," he told Details about the new character, "but I can't be more specific than that. 

While fans and media await the fall premiere, Kutcher is more jazzed about returning to the routine schedule of TV production, which will allow him to focus on tech projects within his company, Katalyst, and to participate in larger conversations about the role of social media in our lives.

"It's almost like a manifestation of God," he said. "People used to behave morally because they thought God was always watching — in some ways God today is the collective, and the collective is watching."

One such example of the collective eye: the recent Anthony Weiner dirty-photo scandal.

"You're in the openness of the Internet," said Kutcher, who's guest editing a special digital issue of Details magazine due out next week. "You have to check your moral compass every time you do something. But I also think there's some blatantly intrusive stuff people are doing ... not to say that Weiner should have been sending pictures of his [member] around."

We'll tweet our thoughts on that. Have some of your own? Leave them in comments.


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-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Ashton Kutcher nabs himself a Teen Choice Awards surfboard on Sunday. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images