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Bernie Mac, Ashton Kutcher, ...

Thus spake Ashton Kutcher: ”I said, ‘You know what? We need to do a comedic adaptation of [Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner], and I want to play the Sidney Poitier role.”’ This was no punking, friends. What’s more, Kutcher’s movie dream had kismet on its side: Bernie Mac was already setting up a contemporary, race-reversed Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner over at Sony. And so the two actors and their production companies joined forces to repeat cinema history as sentimental farce. ”It was a message piece,” notes director Kevin Rodney Sullivan (Barbershop 2) of Stanley Kramer’s 1967 original, which had Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy as WASPy parents receiving a surprise future son-in-law (Poitier) into their fold. ”But for me, I thought that race was just the hook of the song. The body and soul of the movie has to be about love.” And in-laws, of course. ”They’re going to kick the tires — or kick you somewhere else,” says Sullivan. ”The kick’s coming for sure. You just have to figure out which part of your anatomy.” Our guess: right in the Kutcher.

Originally posted February 10 2005 — 12:00 AM EST

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