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Kiefer Sutherland among nominees for Razzie Awards

Canadian actor Kiefer Sutherland was nominated Tuesday for a Golden Raspberry Award — better known as a Razzie — for his role in the made-in-Toronto epic Pompeii.

The Razzies pay tribute to the year’s worst achievements in film.

Sutherland is nominated as Worst Supporting Actor along with Mel Gibson (Expendables 3), Kelsey Grammer (Expendables 3, Legends of Oz, Thinks Like a Man Too and Trannies 4), Shaquille O’Neal (Blended) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (Expendables 3).

Last May, The Guardian critic Stuart Heritage described Sutherland’s acting in Pompeii as “a classic panto ham turn; all evil eyeballs and implacably ludicrous accent.”

Worst Actor nominations went to Kirk Cameron (Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas), Nicolas Cage (Left Behind), Kellan Lutz (The Legend of Hercules), Seth MacFarlane (A Million Ways To Die in the West) and Adam Sandler (Blended).

Blended co-star Drew Barrymore earned a Worst Actress nod, as well as Cameron Diaz (The Other Woman, Sex Tape), Melissa McCarthy (Tammy), Charlize Theron (A Million Ways to Die in the West) and Gaia Weiss (The Legend of Hercules).

Worst Supporting Actress nominees are Cameron Diaz (Annie), Megan Fox (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Nicola Peltz (Transformers 4: Age of Extinction), Susan Sarandon (Tammy) and Brigitte Ridenour (Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas).

Razzie dishonours for Worst Picture went to Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas, Left Behind, The Legend of Hercules, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Transformers 4: Age of Extinction.

The latter three films will compete against Atlas Shrugged 3: Who Is John Galt? and Annie for Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel.

Among the nominees in the Worst Screen Combo category are Kirk Cameron “and his ego” and Kellan Lutz and “either his abs, his pecs or his glutes.”

Click here for the full list of nominees.

Kiefer Sutherland: ‘I don’t see myself going back to 24’

The sight of Kiefer Sutherland on screen holding a gun to a man’s head is not unusual. He spent nine series as Jack Bauer in 24 doing little else. But the sight of Kiefer Sutherland holding a gun to Stephen Fry’s head while Fry is lying on top of him wearing a Santa outfit, definitely is.

“He’s a big fella,” says Sutherland, with a gravelly laugh at the recollection. “I think he stands about 6’ 4” and he’s built – he’s not wire skinny. So when he landed on me I think the two of us laughed the first time. In fact, there were a couple of moments where we had to really focus because situations made us laugh so much.”

Just as you don’t think of Kiefer Sutherland with Stephen Fry on top of him, you don’t think of him in a comedy either. But Marked is a comedy, a standalone half-hour in Sky’s Playhouse Presents strand. It sees Sutherland play a middle-aged, browbeaten, debt-laden nebbish called James. When he is offered a “hit” to take out his neighbour’s archenemy it’s money he cannot refuse, but his efforts to do the deed soon descend in to a high – and festive – farce.

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Pompeii Was “Hell” For Kiefer Sutherland

Los Angeles – Paul WS Anderson put Kiefer Sutherland through “hell” on the set of Pompeii.

The director admitted Sutherland and Kit Harington were left feeling “uncomfortable” as they filmed through clouds of ash to recreate the scenes from volcano explosion that destroyed the Italian city in 79 AD.

Speaking to BANG Showbiz, he said: “We needed to plunge them into hell and it’s easier to act like that if they are in hellish conditions, if you talk to Kit or Kiefer, they would both tell you the same, it was hellish making the movie.

He added, we had a lot of very unhappy actors. Everyone was very committed to the movie and coming to work. But I think there were times when they weren’t happy. They weren’t coming in, in the mornings saying, ‘Woohoo! Pompeii!’ because they were getting ash in their eyes and in their lungs, it really was an uncomfortable movie but I think that discomfort added a huge layer of realism.”

He then joked: “Kiefer for example, makes a lot of notes in his script. About what the character is thinking, handwritten notes in his script and he would write things like, ‘NAR’, I would see this term ‘NAR’ all the way through his script.

“I said, ‘NAR’ and he said, ‘No acting required’. He said, ‘I don’t need to pretend that the world was ending. I know you’re going to make me feel like it is.”

According to the director, the 24 actor even revealed that Pompeii was the hardest film he’s ever made.

He explained: “Kiefer’s made about 50 movies and at the end of Pompeii he said, ‘That’s the toughest film I’ve ever made.’ I took that as a compliment!”

Kiefer Likes Glamour

Kiefer Sutherland never “dreads” putting black tie on for a formal occasion.

The 24 star has been attending lots of glitzy events to promote the comeback of the hit show 24: Live Another Day, which has 12 episodes this season.

While many stars dread hitting the red carpet and getting papped, Kiefer is keen to get his glad rags on.

“It was within the past five months for a dinner,” he revealed when People magazine asked him about the last time he wore black tie. “I enjoy getting dressed up for a formal occasion. I have friends that dread it. I am not one of them.”

Kiefer keeps in great shape by playing hockey and admits he needs the exercise to keep him on track for filming 24.

“Physically, 24 is a hard show to do,” he recently admitted to Esquire. “I look back and see we did 192 episodes over eight seasons. I don’t know how we did it. It makes you want to go take a nap.”

The actor turned 47 last December and rarely thinks about the ageing process. However, he did have to take a breather when he hit the big 4-5.

“That was the first age I ever hit where I started doing the maths — ‘In five years I will be 50. Oh my God, in ten years I’ll be 55. In 20 years I will be 65. At 65 you get half-price tickets to f**king movies, holy sh*t,'” he admitted. “It made me acknowledge how much I’ve enjoyed my life. I’ve got a really wonderful family, and some fantastic friends.”

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Jack Bauer, Greatest Action Hero of All Time!

Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) was recently named the #1 Greatest Action Hero of All Time in June 16 issue of TV Guide. I’ve added scans to the gallery, so check them out for behind the scenes photos on set of 24: Live Another Day!

No More ’24’?

Kiefer Sutherland says there are “no plans” to continue making new seasons of 24 and he worries he is too old to play action man Jack Bauer.

The 45-year-old star isn’t sure he can sustain playing action man Jack Bauer in the hit counter-terrorism drama – which was recently revived for a new season, 24: Live Another Day, three years after it initially ended – and worries his body can’t keep up with the death-defying stunts required for the role.

Kiefer is quoted by the Daily Star as saying: “I have loved bringing Jack back and my heart says I want to play him until I am an old man. But my head says that now is the right time to stop.

“There are no plans to kill Jack off, and while he is alive I guess there is always a chance for a new season. But at the moment there are no plans.”

While his famous role has earned him numerous accolades, the Emmy Award-winning actor admits he can’t quite fathom how he managed to film 192 episodes of 24 during its initial run from 2001 to 2010.

Kiefer explained: “Physically, 24 is a hard show to do. I look back and see we did 192 episodes over eight seasons. I don’t know how we did it. It makes you want to go take a nap.”

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