Film sets atwitter with stars' tweets

Tue Mar 31, 2009 9:46pm EDT
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By Gregg Kilday

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - When he showed up to begin shooting his new film "Five Killers" in the south of France last week, Ashton Kutcher encountered one of those unexpected glitches that regularly pop up on any movie set.

His stunt double had arrived for work with a shaved chest, so Kutcher would have to submit to a little chest waxing of his own.

Kutcher's first reaction was to turn to Twitter, the 3-year-old micro-blogging service that lets users communicate in word-bursts of 140 characters or less, which they send to one another's cell phones and computers.

"Love that they can cgi the sun in but apparently cgi doesn't have chest hair capabilities yet," Kutcher tweeted wryly.

Undaunted, the actor not only submitted to the waxing, he also captured it on video, issuing further tweets once he'd posted the video evidence on Facebook and YouTube.

Welcome to the movie set of the digital era, where even the most mundane developments are on public display.

In the old analog days -- that is to say, before cell phones, e-mail, instant messaging and blogs -- filmmakers viewed their sets as sacrosanct domains. Although hand-picked journalists occasionally were invited for a visit, sets were closed to the public -- and sometimes even to the prying eyes of studio bosses. As far as some directors were concerned, the more far-flung the location the better, since that meant the actual on-set visits from the suits would be few and far between.

Today, though, filmmakers are opening up their sets to any electronic interlopers who wander in.   Continued...

<p>Actress Demi Moore and actor Ashton Kutcher arrive for the premiere of "Flawless" in London November 26, 2008. REUTERS/Stephen Hird</p>