Actor Kiefer Sutherland’s played a bad boy vampire, a musketeer and counter terrorism agent Jack Bauer on Fox’s hit action series “24.”
But could Sutherland play a country singer…in real life?
That was the big question Thursday when the 49-year-old Sutherland kicked off his first tour at Shank Hall in Milwaukee.
A couple hundred people packed the club, despite the fact that Sutherland has only released one song. And right before the actor took the stage, one fan screamed “Lost Boys,” the title of one of Sutherland’s most famous films.
But by the end of the show, fans were swayed by Sutherland’s abilities. One fan was flashing devil horns during the smoking “Down in a Hole,” the title track from Sutherland’s debut album, coming out in June. People may have come to see a celebrity up close, but Sutherland earned the crowd’s respect through solid songs instead of star power.
Kiefer Sutherland knows better than to assume he’s done with 24. “I’ve said that twice and have been wrong, so I won’t say that again,” he tells Rolling Stone. The actor, who recently launched a country-music career, has signed on as a producer for 24: Legacy – a new show in the same universe that stars Web Therapy’s Dan Bucatinsky and Straight Outta Compton’s Corey Hawkins, among others – and has not ruled out reprising his Jack Bauer character. Shooting will begin imminently.
“It’s a phenomenal script,” he says of the new series. “I think it’s going to be incredibly liberating for the writers to not have to figure out one more bad day for Jack Bauer. They get to write for new characters. And Bauer’s still out there, so you never know what’s going to happen.”
Sutherland is currently focusing on his new TV series, Designated Survivor, which he’s filming right now for ABC. “It’s got the feeling of The West Wing, but there’s a thrilling aspect to the show as well,” he says. “I have not been as excited about doing something as I am right now, since the early days of 24.”
On the show, he plays Tom Kirkman, a low-ranking cabinet member who becomes president after an attack on the State of the Union address. It also features Natascha McElhone (Californication) as his wife, Maggie Q (Nikita) as an FBI investigator and Kal Penn (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle) — who worked in various capacities for the Obama administration off and on since 2009 — as Kirkman’s speechwriter.
“‘Designated survivor’ refers to a member of each party during a State of the Union who is sequestered, so if the entire ascendency to the president is wiped out, you have a representative for each party from the cabinet and one of those people becomes president,” Sutherland explains. “I play a housing minister who is about to be fired and, as punishment, is made to be the designated survivor during the State of the Union.”
After a “terrible attack,” he is appointed president and faces three problems: How does his family adapt to his new role? How does he deal with political rivals and a power-hungry military? And how will he find the person or persons responsible for the attack. “The character has to face all of these fights and figure out the appropriate response,” he says. “That’s what the first season is about.”
Sutherland, who previously told Rolling Stone that he did not want people to underestimate his commitment to his music career, says another thing he likes about his show is its shooting schedule. “I’m touring in April and May and we begin shooting again in June,” he says. “The way I was able to schedule that work, I will still be able to play five, six dates a month.”
This may come as a surprise to his more casual fans, but Kiefer Sutherland has had a hankering for some country crooning for some time, and he’s finally doing something about it.
The former “24” star is embarking on a career in country music with the forthcoming album “Down in a Hole,” due out this summer. On Monday, he debuted the first single and video from the album, the rueful “Not Enough Whiskey,” with the help of Rolling Stone.
“If I hear about an actor doing a music project, my eyes are the first to roll,” he told the magazine. “It’s been done before and, on some levels, not very well. A lot of actors make records but won’t tour to support them or make videos, and it ends up not being serious. I felt strongly that this was something I wanted to do.”
To further prove his country bona fides, Sutherland will be presenting at the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 3, 2015, broadcast live on CBS, before kicking off a national tour on April 14.
Donald Sutherland shares the screen with his son Kiefer for the first time in the upcoming western, Forsaken, and ET has a behind-the-scenes first look.
“The most profound gift that I got from this experience was I realized that we spent nine weeks together, at least 14 hours a day, focused on building something together,” Kiefer said. “That ended up being the most special gift.”
The drama takes place in 1872 when gunfighter John Henry Clayton (Kiefer) retires and returns to his hometown of Fowler, Wyoming, hoping to repair his relationship with his estranged father, Reverend Clayton (Donald). Their bond is once again put in jeopardy when a gang begins terrorizing the local ranchers who refuse to sell their land to the railroad company that wants to build there. John Henry knows he’s the only one capable of fighting off the gang, but his father forbids him from returning to a life of violence.
Despite being an Emmy and Golden Globe winner, Kiefer admitted to having concerns about playing opposite his legendary father.
Finally I’ve finished adding screen captures from Season 2 so now we’ve got the entire series of Touch uploaded to the site! Hope you all enjoy!