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Kiefer: “I’ve never watched an episode of 24, but I know how it goes”

I’S one of the most popular television dramas of the past decade, yet the star of 24 has never actually watched one single episode of it.

Kiefer Sutherland – who plays CTU agent Jack Bauer – has admitted to never sitting down and tuning in to the hit series because he fears he will “rip it apart”.

Speaking during his appearance on ‘The Jonathan Ross Show’, the father-of-two revealed that the last film he watched of his was cult Eighties movie ‘Stand By Me’ which also stars River Phoenix and Corey Feldman.

“I had a girlfriend at the time and we went to the cast and crew screening and I had a very specific idea of what I wanted to do with the character,” Kiefer explained.

“I was standing there, we watched the movie and everything I thought I wanted to do, I hadn’t done at all. All I saw was myself up there and I was mortified and my girlfriend was saying, ‘I thought it was really great.’ I said, ‘Don’t patronise me. I need to get another job. If I don’t get another job and this comes out I’m dead and my career is over.’

He continued: “It was really lucky for me because there was another film that I didn’t want to do that I took because of that, which was Lost Boys, so clearly I am not the person to watch my own work.

“For me it’s always served me better as an actor to let other people tell me what they thought of it, than for me to kind of rip it apart, which is what I would naturally do.”

Fans of 24 will find ir hard to believe that Kiefer has never seen himself as Jack, and even when Jonathan joked about channel hopping if he accidentally did, Kiefer said: “I haven’t watched an episode of 24, no. But I know how it goes, I have read the script.”

The 47-year-old actor is currently filming the ninth series of ’24’ in the Capital, which he said isvery relevant to the show and it’s past success.

“It’s a pleasure to come and do this twelve episode thing in London. Specifically because 24 actually came out in the States at the same time as it did in England and the response in England was immediate,” he explained.

“It took a little while to gain momentum in the States and I think one of the reasons we were allowed to stay on the air until it caught on was because of the response here, so it’s only fitting that we get to do this last season here.”

Although Jonathan was keen for Kiefer to give at least one tiny detail away about ’24: Live Another Day’, the actor was careful not to hand out any clues.

“It’s a terrorist threat,” he said. “I can’t go into it at length but some of the characters that are more familiar to the audience that are coming back, their relationships in these last four years have dynamically changed as well, so it will be very fresh because it feels very fresh to do it right now. At the root of it, he’s (Jack) going to have a sh***y day.”

The full interview with Kiefer Sutherland can be seen on ‘The Jonathan Ross Show’ on Saturday February 8 at 9.55pm on ITV1.

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’24: Live Another Day’ Wins The Super Bowl With Its Debut Teaser

When it comes to Super Bowl ads, there are few things that can top the monster of blockbuster films. Often, these clips are the first chance anyone has to see footage from their favorite upcoming tentpole. This fact is what makes the winner of last night’s pile so surprising.

Besides a few title cards during some of its primetime shows, FOX has made little effort to market the fact that 24 is returning to the small screen. That is, until last night. In what was arguably the most well executed trailer of the game, audiences were given their first look at one of television’s most famous heroes, and his most famous partner in crime (who rocked her new look quite well).

But it wasn’t good enough for FOX to simply air the excellent spot for 24: Live Another Day. They also had to tease the trailer throughout the big game with four 15-second clips that all ended with the famous ticking sound of the series’ clock. Much like the upcoming mini-series itself, these clips turned a simple teaser into an event audiences didn’t know they were waiting to see. By the time the actual trailer aired (towards the end of what was a rather lack-luster game), viewers – outside of Seattle – suddenly had a reason to cheer.

In a matter of moments, audiences learned 24 is coming back, that it’s returning in an atypical event due to its detailed title, that it’s set in London and that Chloe is still around. If FOX was looking to turn 24 into the event television it once was, they certainly succeeded last night.

FOX has blow open the doors on their marketing campaign for 24: Live Another Day, and they did it with a method we see used far too rarely these days… surprise. No one knew this trailer was coming. In fact, few people outside of hardcore fandom were even aware the show was making a comeback. But now, 24: Live Another Day is national news. This is proved no greater than by the fact that the trailer (at the time of writing this article) already has thousands of hits on FOX’s YouTube page.

Utilizing the less-is-more style of its basic cable sister, FX, FOX made us care about Jack Bauer again. No longer is he stuck in the world of development hell that is feature films. 24: Live Another Day is real, and it’s coming… soon.

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24: Live Another Day Super Bowl Preview

If you missed the promo that aired during the Super Bowl tonight, here it is! FOX decided to tempt us the whole game with little 10-15 second clips, and then finally put them all together for this final teaser. You can view the separate clips here if you want.

24: Live Another Day Promos To Air During Super Bowl

If you’re not into watching the Super Bowl for the game, the epic commercials, or the half-time show, then at least tune in for the new “24: Live Another Day” promos.

Fox’s reboot of the Kiefer Sutherland real-time drama “24” will find Jack Bauer racing against time in London over 12 episodes. The miniseries event may not make its premiere until May 5, but fans will get multiple sneak peeks of “24: Live Another Day” during Sunday night’s game. According to Variety, a series of 10-second promo spots will play throughout the evening, leading up to what Fox calls a “show-stopping” 45-second first look.

Hopefully the televised reunion of Sutherland’s Jack and Mary Lynn Rajskub’s Chloe O’Brian will quench your “24” appetites for a few months.

The Super Bowl XLVII airs Sunday, Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m. EST on Fox.

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Make sure to tune in to see the first promos for 24: Live Another Day!!!!!!


 

National Television Awards (London) Photos

With many thanks to Ray, I was able to finally add some pictures of Kiefer from the National Television Awards held in London last week, where they are currently filming 24: Live Another Day. Hope you guys enjoy the photos!

On Set of 24: Live Another Day!

I am not a fan of candid/paparazzi photos of celebrities, however, I will add photos of Kiefer taken while he’s on set, whether it be a movie or a TV show. I’ve added over 50 high quality photos of Kiefer from yesterday filming 24: Live Another Day in London! A huge thanks to Laura for the photos 🙂 I hope you all enjoy and be sure to check back for more set photos as they continue shooting! I for one cannot wait until Jack Bauer is on my TV again!