Kiefer Sutherland Talks '24,' Fast-Paced TV and Making a Movie With Dad Donald Sutherland
"One of the things I loved most about doing '24' was the difference between being in a sports car and a bus. And I really like the sports car."
It may be a while before Kiefer Sutherland finds another movie that strikes his fancy.
With Sutherland as Jack Bauer on Fox's 24 always looking like he couldn't slow down as he had seconds to save the world, the Canadian-born actor said he thrives on TV's fast-paced shooting schedules, as against slower-paced movie sets. "One of the things I loved most about doing 24 was the difference between being in a sports car and a bus," Sutherland told The Hollywood Reporter while attending the Whistler Film Festival.
"And I really like the sports car," he added. Sutherland accepts that some actors feel too rushed on a TV set, compared to a movie shoot. "I'm not that guy, I'm not that actor," he said, before adding: "Going to make a film now is a little harder for me. It's kind of plodding."
Sutherland, in Whistler to receive a career achievement award, said he doesn't want movie production schedules shortened just for an adrenaline rush. "The problem that I've had with most films is that I haven't seen them use their time more wisely and haven't seen actors have the opportunity to do more extraordinary work," he said.
Sutherland recalled taking a break two seasons into 24 to do the Toronto-shot movie The Sentinel, where he starred opposite Michael Douglas and Kim Basinger. "It was like watching paint dry. I looked at Michael Douglas and said, 'How do you do this?' 'What,' he said to me, 'I think we're doing great.' 'No,' I answered, 'This is so boring.'"
Sutherland is far kinder about another movie, the father-son Western Forsaken, in which he stars opposite his father, Donald Sutherland. The seven weeks spent shooting Forsaken, which screened in Toronto this weekend, was the longest Sutherland had ever spent together with his father, after seeing The Hunger Games star mostly during family holidays while growing up.
Sutherland recalled a sleepless night before cameras finally started rolling on the indie. "I was nervous about what he might say to me, and whether he would like working with me, or not like working with me," he said. As it turns out, father and son instantly became consummate acting pros as production started on Forsaken.
"Then it really became about sharing an understanding of what we felt the story was about," Sutherland recounted. The 24 star is also currently starring opposite Michelle Pfeiffer in the indie drama Beat-Up Little Seagull for Killer Films and financier Great Point Media, now shooting in New York City.
But Sutherland will soon be back into faster-paced TV. He said details are being finalized on an unspecified TV series he'll star in, with production likely to get underway in summer 2016.