Much has been said about the unlikely pairing of 'Dude, Where's My Car' star Ashton Kutcher and the recently-Golden-Globed Natalie Portman in romantic comedy 'No Strings Attached.' Kutcher is famous for having a hot older wife, 'Punk'd,' being a Tweet-a-holic, and, of course, his reign as dimwit Michael Kelso on 'That 70's Show.'

Portman, on the other hand, shot to fame in 1994 when critics went gaga for her in 'The Professional,' and then again in 'Beautiful Girls' two years later. She took a break to earn a bachelor's degree in psychology from Harvard, and then took on a series of serious roles in acclaimed films like 'Closer' and 'V for Vendetta' upon her return to Hollywood. Now she's racking up accolades and awards for her performance as a tormented ballerina in 'Black Swan.'

At first glance, the two appear to have nothing in common. But upon closer inspection, they actually have quite a lot more in common than you may think, like these 10 totally random things:
1. Both went to college. Portman, as mentioned earlier, went to Harvard. Kutcher worked towards a biochemical engineering degree at the University of Iowa (he didn't complete it).

2. Both were "discovered" by talent scouts for modeling firms. Portman was approached by an agent at a pizza parlor when she was just 11. Kutcher was spotted by a scout at a bar in Iowa City during his college days.

3. They have both locked lips with Mila 'Sweet Lips' Kunis. Portman in 'Black Swan,' and Kutcher on 'That 70s Show.'

4. Both are borderline cocky when it comes to their physical attractiveness. Portman, just last week during her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, proclaimed that her beau Benjamin Millepied is "the best actor" because he played a character who didn't want to sleep with her in 'Black Swan,' when in fact he "totally wants to sleep with" her. With her parents in the audience. Hmmm. Meanwhile, Kutcher promised that if his 2005 movie 'A Lot Like Love' made it to the number one spot at the box office, he would do a Calvin Klein underwear campaign. Like the prospect of seeing him in his underpants is a bribe-worthy proposition.

5. Portman served as an unofficial consultant about the Harvard experience for 'The Social Network.' Kutcher's incredible success using Twitter has made him the go-to Twitter expert.

6. Both have appeared in SNL Digital Shorts. Portman threw down some gangsta raps alongside Andy Samberg in 2006, while Kutcher poked fun at his Twitter addiction in 2007's 'Tooter.'

7. Both have co-starred with Julia Roberts. Portman in 'Closer,' and Kutcher in 'Valentine's Day.'

8. Both have starred in ridiculous commercials. Portman was featured in the (intentionally) ridiculous fake perfume commercial directed by Roman Polanski. Kutcher stars in the (unintentionally) ridiculous Coolpix commercials, featuring him obnoxiously photo-bombing everyone.

9. Both have starred in critically accosted modern versions of classic films: Portman as Padmé Amidala in the 'Star Wars' prequels, and Kutcher as Simon in the poorly received homage to 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner,' aptly titled 'Guess Who.'

10. Both have had on-screen hookups with much older actors. Kutcher bedded cougars like Anne Heche in 'Spread,' while Portman seduced DILF Eric Bana in 'The Other Boleyn Girl.'
No Strings Attached
R 2011
Based on 36 critics

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