Palais des Festivals, Cannes. le 17 octobre 2016 Kiefer Sutherland, Actor and Executive Producer of the highly anticipated “Designated Survivor”, from The Mark Gordon Company and ABC Studios and distributed internationally by eOne who co-own The Mark Gordon Company, joins the stellar line-up of Media Mastermind Keynotes on Monday 17 October 2016.
Keynote: Kiefer Sutherland, « Designated Survivor » – MIPCOM 2016 Keynote est un mot anglais désignant le discours d’ouverture d’une conférence ou d’un événement. Pulse of MIP: Kiefer Sutherland Kiefer Sutherland plays guitar in Mipcom 2016. Interview. Speaks French at the End « salut ». Kiefer joue de la guitare lors d’une interview à Cannes et dit Salut (en français) à la fin.
“Mark Gordon sent me the script, and I was going to explain why I couldn’t do it. But I got to about page 25, and realised that potentially, this was what I was going to be doing for the next ten years.”
« Mark Gordon m’a envoyé le scénario, et j’allais lui expliquer pourquoi je ne pouvais pas le faire. Mais quand je suis arrivé environ à la page 25, j’ai réalisé que potentiellement, ce serais ce que je vais faire les dix prochaines années »
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Kiefer Sutherland Talks U.S.’ “Most Bizarre, Unfortunate” Election Cycle, ’24’ & ‘Lost Boys’ – Mipcom
Kiefer Sutherland’s Designated Survivor character Tom Kirkman goes through a seemingly unimaginable overnight transformation in the pilot, from low-level cabinet member to President of the United States after a catastrophic attack kills everyone above him in the government. And yet, the star and exec producer says what’s happening in the U.S. right now is far stranger than fiction. At the Mipcom TV market in Cannes this afternoon, Sutherland told a packed Palais audience, “This is certainly the most bizarre and unfortunate political election cycle I’ve ever witnessed in my lifetime — and I still remember Watergate. It’s so negative, so polarizing and polarized. You can talk about the candidates all you want, but people are backing these candidates and the rigidity of it is alarming.” Where art veers dramatically from the current state of real life is that in Designated Survivor, “We can have elements from left, right and center discussed factually, correctly, calmly, intelligently. There’s a great responsibility in that and we have a great opportunity to maybe add some elastic back to the political discourse in the U.S. If we can accomplish that, I will be very proud of our show.” Sutherland says the hot new ABC series, from The Mark Gordon Company and ABC Studios, “has a really fresh point of view. The common sense is the foundation of the character… (Kirkman) can approach the country’s issues domestically and abroad with common sense and fairness as opposed to a political agenda that has been dictated by three years of campaigning.” It’s when Kirkman becomes more political that “he starts to make mistakes,” Sutherland said, adding, “That will be a constant thread throughout the show.” The erstwhile 24 star said he found similarities between that series’ iconic Jack Bauer character and Kirkman. “Both have a desire to serve and both are willing to take on a fight they know they can’t possibly win. The through-line is something I really relate to. I would like to aspire to be one of those people.” In fact, if Sutherland were able to revisit one of the characters from his past, he wouldn’t reach too far. “It would be Jack Bauer because I played him for so long… I’ll hold him very close to my heart so if there’s another way, one day down the line to visit that… But my primary focus is on Designated Survivor and I’m hoping we get to do it for a while.” While 24 was the “greatest and most rewarding experience” for him as an actor and a person, it was “a lot of work,” Sutherland said. Being aware of the long days and time commitment, he wasn’t too keen to get back into series TV. But, he knew if he didn’t do Designated Survivor “for reasonable reasons, I would really regret it.” He praised veteran producer Gordon as a “great editor.” With the pilot, “we shot an incredible amount of footage and he was so delicate with how he put it together. I can try a lot of different things and feel very confident that in an editorial phase, Mark will handle that in an incredibly smart way.” The series, Sutherland explained, allows for more flexibility than he had on 24 where “the real-time aspect was the real star of the show, but also a problem. We would paint ourselves into a corner around episode 14 or 15 and we’d have to do something wonky and then make up for it.” Designated Survivor is “designed to never get caught in that position… If at one point the political storyline is having difficulty, then it can shift back to the family drama. The three storylines living inside the show at all times give the writers time to react.” On why he first opted to move into television with 24, Sutherland laughed, “The reality is my film career was in real trouble.” Today, he said, there are so many film actors working in TV because “it’s the most exciting medium… When I started working, there were five studios in the U.S. and all were making 50 movies a year. Now there are barely three making 15. And if you’re going to do one of those movies, there’s a pretty good chance you’re going to be wearing tights and a cape. The movies I grew up loving aren’t getting made. That kind of storytelling has been absorbed by television.” Sutherland took a stroll through some of his more enduring film roles saying Stand By Me was all down to Rob Reiner. “He told a story that was so close to his own heart and the innocence of youth was really important for him to tell.” Of 1987’s The Lost Boys, Sutherland said the only thing he regrets is that he was so young when it happened. “I wasn’t aware that we were making something that was going to last as long as it has and be this iconic pop thing… That film will always surprise me. If I do a signing for something, that’s the one that someone will show me their calf and there’s a Lost Boys tattoo on it. I wish I’d been a little more mature and able to understand how cool it was to be a part of it.” deadline.com
Mipcom: Kiefer Sutherland on the Lessons of ’24′ Actor and exec producer presents ‘Designated Survivor’ at Cannes
CANNES, France — The ghost of Jack Bauer haunted the Palais des Festivals’ Grand Auditorium in Cannes on Monday evening as Kiefer Sutherland talked in a masterclass Q & A about his new fall series, “Designated Survivor.” “24” was a constant reference for Sutherland and for the audience, which created him with whoops of applause. But the crowd fell silent when Sutherland reflected on the upcoming U.S. presidential election. “This has been the most bizarre and unfortunate political election cycle that I have ever witnessed in my lifetime, and I still remember Watergate. It is so negative, so polarizing and polarized,” Sutherland said. In contrast, though it is make-believe, “Designated Survivor” has a point of view “from left, center and right,” Sutherland said, “discussed factually, correctly, calmly, and intelligently” – one of the reasons he agreed to do the show. Bowing solidly on ABC on Sept. 21, then notching up TV’s best-ever Live+7 ratings gain, “Designated Survivor” has Sutherland playing Tom Kirkland, an architect with no political aspirations, who becomes president of the United States as the only member of the cabinet to survive a terrorist catastrophe. “It wasn’t until I actually started performing the character that I realized there was a real similarity to Jack Bauer,” Sutherland told the audience in Cannes. He went on: “Their skill set is very different. President Tom Kirkland probably doesn’t know how to load a gun, let alone shoot it. But both characters have a desire to serve, to take on a fight they know they can’t possibly win.” Sutherland said he learned a lot from “24.” “Joel Surnow, the creator of ’24,’ actually taught me something. The writers had all their offices on the second floor of the stage where we shot it. We never went up there and they never came down,” Sutherland recalled. “I once asked Joel: ‘Why don’t you ever come down and check on what we’re doing?’ He said: ‘Because I hired the people I wanted to do what they are doing.’” “’24’’s real time aspect was ‘“the real star of that show, and also a flaw,” Sutherland argued. “We would paint ourselves into a corner in the storyline. Almost every year right around episode 14 to 15, we’d have to do something wonky to get around that. Then we would make up for it in the last 8 episodes.” In contrast, “Designated Survivor” unspools on three levels, Sutherland said: the thriller aspect, as a family drama, and “the political aspect of the story.” “If at one point the political storyline is having difficulty, the show can shift back to being more of a family drama for two episodes and giving a reason for the political thing to take over. Same with the investigation of the bombing,” Sutherland said. “The fact that the three storylines are living within the show all at the same time gives the writers incredible flexibility also to react to what an audience is enjoying about the show.” Even critics who are negative can be constructive, said Sutherland, who told the story of a writer who penned a negative review of Season 6 of “24.” Sutherland telephoned the man, who answered nervously, worried about a confrontation. “I said, ‘Look, I agree with some points, and can we have a discussion about it?’” The two men did, and Sutherland went back to producer Howard Gordon. “It really impacted how we moved forward with the show.” The actor credits “24” with reviving his career. He’s happy to be back on TV with “Designated Survivor,” which could consume the next 10 years of his life. “TV is the most exciting medium right now,” Sutherland said, adding: “‘Godfather,’ ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ ‘Serpico,’ ‘French Connection,’ ‘Ordinary People,’ ‘Terms of Endearment’: Those movies aren’t really getting made the way they were. That drama, that kind of storytelling, has been absorbed by TV. For the writers who want to tell real drama, TV is where it’s at.” variety.com