Listen up, Hollywood. Mila Kunis needs your help.
Kunis — the ravishing, doe-eyed brunette who plays feisty bitch-on-wheels Jackie Burkhart on FOX’s “That ’70s Show” and voices Meg Griffin on the recently revived cartoon “Family Guy” — wants to halt production on the forthcoming film “American Psycho III.” Not that she’s connected with the project at all, but her starring turn as Rachael Newman in 2002’s “American Psycho II: All American Girl” has blemished the 21-year-old actress’ résumé.
“Please — somebody stop this,” she said. “Write a petition. When I did the second one, I didn’t know it would be ’American Psycho II.’ It was supposed to be a different project, and it was re-edited, but, ooh … I don’t know. Bad.”
It’s not as though Kunis’ oeuvre wasn’t already without a few pockmarks. Perhaps you remember her work alongside Hulk Hogan in 1996’s “Santa With Muscles,” in which the Keeper of the 24-Inch Pythons plays an evil millionaire who’s hit with a bad case of amnesia and thinks he’s Kris Kringle. But give the girl a break — she was 13. And she’s more than made up for it with her work on “That ’70s Show” and “Family Guy,” which made its return to the small screen on Sunday.
FOX’s revival of “Family Guy” marks the first time in television history that a network has canceled the same show twice, only to bring it back from the dead twice.
“They put us up against ’Friends’ at one point,” Kunis said. “Someone up high in a suit just didn’t believe in the show, and no one watched it. [But Cartoon Network’s] ’Adult Swim’ put it on, and it did phenomenally. That literally saved the show. It’s amazing what happened. For a network that’s silly enough to cancel a show like this, you have to give them respect for [bringing] it back. I think because ’Family Guy’ now came back, there are more chances for shows to have that opportunity.”
According to Kunis, there’s a “Family Guy” DVD in the works, which will feature “three episodes they’re putting together, and it’s going to be a film where you’re going to find out who Stewie’s real father is.” There’s also talk of a full-length feature film, but Kunis doubts that’ll ever come to fruition.
“Seth MacFarlane doesn’t have a day off,” she explained. “So I don’t know when he’s going to have time to sit down and write a feature for ’Family Guy.’ It’s going to be like ’The Simpsons,’ where people are going to talk about this movie forever, but it won’t happen. If they do make it, I’m going to make sure I’m in the movie. I’ll pay to be in it.”
In the meantime, you’ll soon be able to catch Kunis in the tentatively titled “Moving McAllister.” Filming recently wrapped on the romantic comedy, which was shot primarily in Utah and is currently in the editing stages. Rutger Hauer (“Blind Fury,” “Blade Runner”) stars in the title role as a lawyer who enlists one of his fresh-from-college underlings (Ben Gourley) to U-Haul his crap from Florida to California. Kunis plays McAllister’s niece.
“It’s a road-trip movie, slightly based on ’The Odyssey,’ ” Kunis said. “It kind of shows the two different worlds of two different people. One’s very straightforward, and one’s kind of artsy-fartsy and [about] going out to L.A. to have fun. This kid’s boss sends him on this road trip and he has to pick me up on the way. It’s funny, but very dark. We pick up a hitchhiker along the way, played by Jon Heder,” the star of “Napoleon Dynamite.”
“Moving McAllister,” Kunis said, will debut at next year’s Sundance Film Festival. Before that film hits theaters, though, we’ll get to see the actress in “Tom 51,” a movie about a guy named Tom Picasso (Clifton Collins Jr. of “Traffic” and “Mindhunters”) who, after losing his 50th job, lands a dream gig as a driver for an escort service. Kunis plays a prostitute.
“It’s another dark film that definitely doesn’t have a happy ending,” Kunis said.
The actress also recently shot the emotional season finale for “That ’70s Show,” which will be the final episode for Topher Grace and Ashton Kutcher. The sitcom will endure beyond both stars’ departures, she explained, but for just one final season. Then the cast and crew will close the book on the long-running series. Taping the season finale, Kunis said, was tough for everyone involved with the show.
“Everybody was trying to prepare themselves as much as they could, but you can’t anticipate [how you’ll react] until the last second,” she said. “The last scene? I’ve got to tell you, everyone was bawling. People were just crying. It was like a graduation. It was very surreal. We all spoke about it earlier that day, but people were just breaking down. I mean, seven years, every day. You see people grow up, you grow up yourself, you see people going through ups and downs. It was hard for us.”
Kunis was unclear as to whether the show’s producers plan on adding to the cast to fill the void, but she did reveal that Grace and Kutcher’s characters will turn up from time to time throughout the final season.
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