Ashton Kutcher has done his first-ever interview with his twin brother, Michael, for a new docu-series.
Not many may be aware that the Two and a Half Men star, 44, is a twin at all – Kutcher doesn’t often talk about Michael, who was born with cerebral palsy, out of respect for him.
But now, the pair have appeared together for a new Paramount+ docu-series which sees a number of celebrities open up about their secret health battles.
Watch the trailer for The Checkup with Dr David Agus above.
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The series, titled The Checkup with Dr David Agus, sees leading doctor and biomedical researcher Dr David Agus sit down with stars including Ashton and Michael, Jane Fonda and Oprah Winfrey to talk about their issues with mental and physical health.
In Ashton’s interview, the actor details his battle with vasculitis – a rare autoimmune disorder that results in inflammation and destruction of the blood vessels. According to Monash Healthhe destruction restricts the flow of blood in the body, which can lead to serious organ damage.
“I was unable to walk and then suddenly you can’t see,” the actor says in the trailer. “When you have this face-to-face with death, you instantly lock into, ‘What are you doing with today?'”
In another clip, Ashton and Michael are seen sitting teary-eyed together, though the trailer doesn’t give away what they’re speaking about.
Other clips reveal Jane Fonda and close friend Lily Tomlin opening up about their health issues and how they approach aging.
“I would’ve wanted to say to myself, ‘Do anything you possibly can to stop with the bulimia and anorexia,'” Fonda says in the trailer, with Tomlin adding, “I’m more peaceful. I feel more accepting.”
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Other stars that appear in conversation with Dr Agus include, Oprah Winfrey and American journalist Maria Shriver who discuss women’s health issues and menopause.
Rapper and ex to Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon, also appears on the series to speak about the tragic loss of his five-month-old son Zen, who died of a malignant brain tumour, and his near-fatal lupus diagnosis.
“They told me, ‘The best case scenario, your son could live to three or four years old,'” Cannon says in the trailer. “… My son was diagnosed with brain cancer. I couldn’t imagine that on a newborn. There’s a lot of guilt, but there’s a purpose in my pain.”
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