Ashton Kutcher reveals he lost balance, hearing and vision

Ashton Kutcher revealed an autoimmune disease was affecting his vision, hearing and ability to walk.

In a preview of a new episode of Running Wild With Bear Grylls: The Challenge received by Access Hollywood, Kutcher said he’s developed a rare autoimmune condition called vasculitis, which can cause blood vessels to become inflamed.

“Like two years ago, I had this weird, super rare form of vasculitis that destroyed my vision, hearing and all of my balance,” he said. “It took me about a year to rebuild everything. You don’t really appreciate it until it’s gone.”

Kutcher added that he was “lucky to be alive,” while Grylls marveled at his strength. Kutcher explained how he turned adversity into an opportunity to persevere and make the best of a bad situation.

“The moment you start seeing your obstacles as things made for you, to give you what you need, that’s when life starts to be fun, right?” explained Kutscher. “You start surfing on your problems instead of living under them.”

You can watch Kutcher’s episode of Running Wild With Bear Grylls: The Challenge at 9pm PST on National Geographic.

Last month, Kutcher and BJ Novak sat down with The Times to talk about their new project Vengeance, Kutcher’s first marquee film role in almost a decade.

Novak plays Ben Manalowitz, a pretentious New York writer who travels to rural West Texas to film a true crime podcast that investigates the overdose death of a former love interest. There, Ben Kutchers meets Quentin Sellers, a record producer and self-proclaimed cowboy philosopher, who charms Ben with his insightful thoughts on social media, storytelling, and the widening divide between red and blue America – before things take a darker turn.

“I’ve run a large mutual fund and invested in early-stage start-up technology for the past 15 years, and I was at a point between that and running our nonprofit where I kind of just lost the fun of acting have. Kutcher told The Times about his break. “Then this script came along and it really embodied what I thought was the current state of America, with a coastal perspective and another perspective of being in the middle of the country and both sides denigrating each other. I really liked it.” Ashton Kutcher reveals he lost balance, hearing and vision

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