Kiefer Sutherland explains ’24’ departure
Actor Kiefer Sutherland quit hit show 24 because he wants to work on other TV projects.
The Lost Boys star has played the show’s main character, agent Jack Bauer, for more than a decade, but producers recently confirmed 2014’s mini-series 24: Live Another Day would be his last outing.
Kiefer has now declared he is glad to finally leave Bauer behind because he longs to tackle other TV roles.
“24 is definitely over now for me,” he tells the BBC. “It’s one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever been given as an actor, but it’s moving on without me, I want to do other things… I want to do more television. My experience of 24 was unbelievable… I don’t think there’s a better medium than television out there at the moment. So I think I want to do more of it and look for projects where I can repeat my experience.
“You have to take your time though to find something like it – and that means you have to work less. So I’ll be waiting for something that’s worth it, with the potential for the kind of audience access that 24 had.”
However, Kiefer admits he may still make a guest appearance in the revamped show, adding that he has not “ruled out a cameo”.
24 premiered in 2001 and became a huge international success, winning 20 Emmy Awards over the years.
It racked up eight full seasons, as well as 2008 TV movie 24: Redemption and the shortened 24: Live Another Day series.