Kiefer and Donald Sutherland open up on their careers influencing each other. Kiefer grew up with this mother and was into theater acting until he saw his fathers work. dailymail.co.uk
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Kiefer and Donald Sutherland open up on their careers influencing each other. Kiefer grew up with this mother and was into theater acting until he saw his fathers work. dailymail.co.uk
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Tavis Smiley : Actor Kiefer Sutherland
Award-winning actor best known for his role in the hit FOX television series, 24, Kiefer Sutherland shares about his role in the film Forsaken. pbs.org
Un résumé de l’interview :
Il aborde « Forsaken » et plus particulièrement la scène de l’église. Il avoue que jouer une scène aussi forte en émotion, en général pour un acteur c’est difficile mais la jouer avec son père, a été très difficile mais reste un de ses moments préférés dans sa vie d’acteur.
Quand le journaliste lui demande combien de prises ont été nécessaires pour cette scène, il répond une seule ; ce qui ne surprend pas le journaliste tant cette scène parait vraie et authentique.
Kiefer reconnait qu’il a partagé l’affiche de plusieurs films avec son père sans qu’ils ne soient donné la réplique et pense que « Forsaken » a pu se faire car c’était pour eux le bon moment dans leurs vies de jouer ensemble.
Il revient également sur son rôle dans 24. Pour lui ça a été un peu compliqué car il y a eu les attentats du 11/09. En effet, après ces événements, pour lui être infirmière, pompier, policier ou dispatcher donnait un sens à ta vie puisque tu aides les gens alors qu’il se demandait pourquoi être acteur, c’est une perte de temps. Dans un premier temps il a été choqué que les gens l’abordent pour lui parler de la série (alors que des événements tragiques avaient eu lieu) avant de réaliser que son métier permettait aux gens de faire une pause, de s’évader au même titre que la musique ou toute autre forme d’art.
Il parle également de ses parents qui ne l’ont ni encouragé ni découragé quand il a décidé d’être acteur. Ils l’ont laissé faire ses propres choix, trouvé sa propre voie sans lui dire comment faire son métier. Il dit faire pareil avec sa fille, même s’il aurait préféré qu’elle fasse autre chose (sachant que c’était une étudiante brillante) car c’est un métier difficile avec des hauts et des bas ce qui le rend inquiet pour elle..
Il revient sur l’anecdote du gâteau chinois qui lui disait « retourne chez toi » et se demande ce qu’il aurait fait s’il avait suivi ce conseil car il aime ce qu’il fait.
Il finit l’interview en parlant du Canada qui pour lui est un pays fantastique et parle de sa prochaine série.
20 février 2016
Kiefer Sutherland on The Rachael Ray Show (Feb 19th, 2016) / 19 février 2016
Kiefer Sutherland on ‘Dream Come True’ Experience Starring with His Dad in ‘Forsaken
Kiefer Sutherland stopped by to talk with Rach about his new film, ‘Forsaken,’ which he made and co-starred in with his dad Donald Sutherland. Making the film about a father and son trying to reconcile after years of separation was a “dream come true” for Kiefer.
Kiefer Sutherland talk about his other passion – playing guitar in his band and collecting guitars! rachaelrayshow.com
Kiefer Sutherland parle avec Rach à propos de son nouveau film, «Forsaken», qu’il a fait et a partagé la vedette avec son père Donald Sutherland. La réalisation du film sur un père et son fils en essayant de concilier après des années de séparation était un « rêve devenu réalité » pour Kiefer.
Kiefer Sutherland parle ensuite de son autre passion – jouer de la guitare dans son groupe et la collection de guitares.
Donald Sutherland, 80, and Kiefer Sutherland, 49, from the film « Forsaken, » pose for a portrait in Los Angeles PHOTOS
20 février 2016
Donald Sutherland, 80ans, et Kiefer Sutherland, 49 ans, du film «Forsaken», posent pour un portrait à Los Angeles, le 16 février 2016.
In this Tuesday, February 16, 2016 in Los Angeles. Portrait session
Kiefer Sutherland: I’ve waited 30 years to star in a movie with my dad -
Kiefer Sutherland: J’ai attendu 30 ans pour jouer dans un film avec mon père
Même s’il tourne depuis plus de 30 ans, Kiefer Sutherland n’avait jamais donné la réplique à l’un des plus grands acteurs anglophones : son vieux père Donald. C’est maintenant chose faite: non seulement les deux Sutherland jouent-ils ensemble dans le nouveau western Forsaken, mais ils interprètent les rôles de père et de fils.
Les Sutherland avaient bien tous les deux été de Max Dugan Returns en 1983, mais le plus jeune était figurant dans le film de papa, et ils n’avaient pas partagé un seul plan ensemble. Ils sont aussi au générique du film A Time to Kill (Joel Schumacher, 1996), mais ils ne se sont jamais donné la réplique – en fait, ils ne se sont même pas croisés sur le plateau, se rappelle Kiefer.
Alors, comment on se prépare à une telle «rencontre» avec son idole de père? Avec beaucoup d’appréhension, reconnaissait Kiefer Sutherland en septembre dernier, lors de la première mondiale du film, au Festival de Toronto (TIFF).
L’action se déroule au Wyoming en 1872. Kiefer y interprète le rôle de John Henry Clayton, une ancienne gâchette qui revient chez lui après 10 ans et retrouve son père révérend, veuf, qui est toujours furieux contre lui. Demi Moore et Brian Cox complètent la distribution de cette coproduction américano-canadienne.
Kiefer Sutherland, âgé de 49 ans, racontait en septembre qu’il tenait «beaucoup», depuis cinq ans, à tourner avec son père, maintenant âgé de 80 ans. Car qui sait à quel moment il décidera de ne plus travailler – son père ou lui, du reste.Il a parlé de son rêve au réalisateur Jon Cassar, qu’il avait connu sur les plateaux de la série télévisée 24, et au scénariste Brad Mirman. Les trois hommes voulaient tous faire un film qui respecterait les codes du western classique, tout en y ajoutant le thème de l’acceptation et du pardon.
À la fin du tournage, à Calgary, Kiefer a soudainement réalisé qu’il n’avait jamais passé autant de temps avec son père. «J’ai grandi avec ma mère. Mon père et moi, on a passé seulement neuf semaines à faire des choses ensemble.» Le réalisateur, lui, soutient que ce lien père-fils à la ville a insufflé une grande vérité aux scènes d’émotions du film. «Il était fascinant de leur laisser tout l’espace qui puisse leur permettre de faire surgir cette magie» lapresse.ca
TORONTO — Kiefer Sutherland is perhaps his father’s biggest fan. mykawartha.com
In a chat about Donald Sutherland’s career, Kiefer gushes about his dad’s long list of film credits, calling him an « unbelievably diverse actor » he’s always wanted to work with. »I have incredible respect for my father’s work, » he says in an interview. « I believe he’s not only one of the most prolific, but I think he’s one of the great important actors in the English language. »
Yet until the new western, « Forsaken, » the Canadian duo had never shared the screen together.While they were both in 1983′s « Max Dugan Returns, » Kiefer was an extra and didn’t work with his dad. They also both appeared in 1996′s « A Time to Kill, » but Kiefer says they didn’t even see each other on set.
So, how does one go about starring alongside a powerhouse parent for the first time? « With a lot of fear, » Sutherland says with a laugh during September’s Toronto International Film Festival, where « Forsaken » had its world premiere.
« I was nervous. It’s something that I’ve wanted to do since I started work. »Available as a digital download starting Tuesday, « Forsaken » stars the Sutherlands as a father and son caught up in a violent battle for land in their hometown of Fowler, Wyoming in 1872.
Kiefer plays John Henry Clayton, a former gunslinger who returns home after a 10-year absence to find his mother is dead and his father, a reverend, is enraged with him. Demi Moore co-stars as John’s former flame, while Brian Cox plays a corrupt landlord.
Kiefer says in the last five years it became « really important » for him to work with his now 80-year-old father, who’s won two Golden Globe awards and hails from Saint John, N.B.
« Because I don’t know how much longer he’s going to want to work — and you could say the same thing about me. »Kiefer pitched the idea for the film to director Jon Cassar, with whom he worked on the TV series « 24″ for eight years, and to writer Brad Mirman. Their collective goal was to be respectful of the classic western genre while adding a broader theme of acceptance and forgiveness.
Kiefer says at the end of the film shoot in Calgary, it dawned on him: « That was the most time I’d ever spent with my dad. »
« I grew up with my mom and we’d just spent nine weeks making something together, » says the 49-year-old. « There’s always that kind of time in a father and a son’s life where the father teaches him how to fish or they go build a model plane together and it was like, ‘No, we got to make a film together. That was really cool.’ »
Cassar says the father-son duo brought a rich complexity and sense of realism to the film. « There was some reality in there and especially in the emotional scenes, and so it was interesting to watch that and to let it breathe and to give them the room to let that happen.
« And we were all a little nervous about it. I think Kiefer was nervous about the first day, I think so was Donald, and so was I. They had 30 scenes together in the movie. It’s about the two of them.
« And so I think after we did that first scene, there was a big sigh of relief and we went, ‘This is going to be good »
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Donald et Kiefer Sutherland réalisent un vieux rêve
Donald Sutherland et son fils, Kiefer Sutherland, sont ravis de se retrouver sur le grand écran dans le western Forsaken. Cela faisait des dizaines d’années qu’ils rêvaient de se retrouver dans un même film.
L’octogénaire et son fils de 49 ans ont déjà travaillé ensemble deux fois: dans la comédie dramatique Le retour de Max Dugan en 1983 et dans le thriller Le Droit de tuer? en 1996. Cette fois, les acteurs jouent un père et son fils brouillés dans un western haletant mais Donald tient à préciser que dans ce cas précis, leurs rôles n’ont rien à voir avec leur vie: le tournage avec Kiefer s’est déroulé à merveille.
«C’est un truc dont on parlait depuis trente ans, dit le vétéran de Hollywood au magazine People. Donc il est venu, il m’a dit « je crois que je tiens quelque chose. Qu’est-ce que tu en dis? » Et j’ai dit « oui, d’accord. »»
Le réalisateur de Forsaken, Jon Cassar, a été impressionné par l’alchimie qui existe entre les deux hommes et qui est perceptible à l’écran. Cassar, qui avait déjà travaillé avec Kiefer Sutherland sur la série à succès 24 heures chrono, a également apprécié que les premiers rôles soient trouvés si facilement.
«Kiefer voulait faire un film avec son père depuis des années donc c’était un peu « un acheté, un offert », se souvient le réalisateur. On voulait faire un western, le père s’en est mêlé, et voilà le résultat.»
«C’était un plaisir de travailler avec eux, dit le réalisateur avant de s’attarder sur leurs méthodes de jeu dans le film. Déjà, ce sont deux acteurs incroyables. Pour moi, les deux meilleurs acteurs de notre époque, donc travailler avec des professionnels de cette envergure, plus le fait qu’un père et son fils jouent le rôle d’un père et de son fils, c’est un bonheur en plus.»
Kiefer Sutherland est comblé que le fil soit enfin distribué. Le quadragénaire respecte énormément son père et apprécie qu’ils jouent enfin des rôles principaux côte à côte au cinéma.
«C’est un film dont j’ai rêvé pendant plus de trente ans», expliquait-il avant la projection du film au Autry Museum of the American West à Los Angeles, mardi 16 février. J’ai un respect sans borne pour les choix narratifs de mon père, pour son talent incroyable qui lui permet de passer d’un personnage à l’autre parfaitement et sans difficulté.» fr.canoe.ca
Le père et le fils ont près de 275 génériques combinés et 85 ans d’expérience entre eux, et ont en quelque sorte partagé l’écran à trois reprises. Le premier était en 1983 « Max Dugan Returns ». Le deuxième était en 1996 « A Time to Kill ». Maintenant, enfin, dans la période de l’Ouest « Forsaken », au cinéma , les Sutherlands ne partagent pas seulement quelques scènes, mais un héritage, jouant père et fils pour la première fois.
The father and son have nearly 275 combined credits and 85 years of experience between them, and have somehow only shared the screen three times. The first was 1983’s “Max Dugan Returns.” The second was in 1996’s “A Time to Kill.” Now, finally, in the period Western “Forsaken,” in theaters and on demand on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, the Sutherlands are not only sharing scenes, but a bloodline, playing father and son for the first time.
Q&A: The Sutherlands bring relationship to the big screen
(Questions et réponses, les Sutherland racontent leur relation sur grand écran)
The Associated Press sat down with the storied actors to talk about the experience.
AP: Did you have an unspoken agreement that you wouldn’t necessarily try to work with one another often?
Kiefer: I’ve wanted to work with my dad since I started. There were three actors who I admired through school — my dad, Gene Hackman and Bobby Duvall.
AP: So why now?
Kiefer: When it wasn’t working out organically, I started thinking of different ideas. It wasn’t a fluke that we found something and we did it. It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for 30 years and just thought we better get it done sooner than later.
Donald: I had always said to him that I wanted to play Walter Huston to his John Huston, do « The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, » or an equivalent of that. But that never worked out. That’s what I really wanted. And then this came and I was very happy.
AP: Did you spend much time dissecting the story and your characters?
Donald: Let me elaborate on that … no.
Kiefer: This has been true my whole life — when we spend time together, which is not as often as I, or I believe my dad, would like, we don’t talk about work.
AP: Did you learn anything about each other during this process?
Kiefer: There’s a way he goes to work and it’s built for speed and it’s incredibly effective and I think it’s incredibly well thought out. I would have to say this film more than any other single experience I’ve had as an actor, I was caught off guard by how looking into my father’s eyes would effect a scene.
Donald: Wait, what did you say?
Kiefer: That when I would be in the middle of a scene and when I would actually look into your eyes, I would look into your eyes from my life. They have a resonance to me and they mean something to me and so I would have a visceral reaction to that.
Donald: Because it goes years back.
Kiefer: I had to make a conscious choice not to get in the way of that. So things came to me in the process of making this film that would have been things that I would have had to work quite hard to arrive at. I felt like I was cheating.
Donald: It’s absolutely true. You’re doing … it’s stupid to say therapy, but your DNA informs a lot of your work. And the combination, you know it’s the same DNA roughly.
Kiefer: I lost the tall stick. That wasn’t one of the 21 pieces I got.
AP: So in that way, does this film mean more to you?
Kiefer: There are not a lot of films that I’ve been in that I can get through watching. It’s just an uncomfortable circumstance for me.
Donald: I never looked at them. He went to see « Six Degrees of Separation » and came out to me and said ‘you really should go see this.’ And I went to go see it. It’s the first film I’d seen all the way through. I didn’t see « Klute » all the way through. I certainly didn’t see « M(asterisk)A(asterisk)S(asterisk)H. » »Ordinary People, » Bob (Redford) insisted I see it and I’m in the seat in the theater and I crawled out on my hands and knees.
Kiefer: I managed to make 208 episodes of « 24″ and I never watched a single one of them.
Donald: Really? They’re very good.
Donald: I would watch them and phone him the next morning.
Kiefer: In fact when he didn’t call I would get really concerned that this episode was not good. But this film was different for me. And it’s something I’ll hold on to for the rest of my life. The dynamic between this father and his son is not the dynamic between me and my father, but there are moments in it, like when they’re saying goodbye. I’ve had that moment with my father for real. And to have it in that way, to have it on a disc, that’s one thing that I’ll have with me forever.
I didn’t spend as much time with my dad as I wanted to when I was growing up and he didn’t spend as much time with me as he wanted to when I was growing up. I was thinking, ‘Well I didn’t get to go on that fishing trip with my dad and I didn’t get to do this with my dad.’ I wrapped two days after my dad and he was driving away, and I couldn’t help but smile and realize wow, we just spent 8 weeks together, 14 hours a day, 6 days a week. And we made something. That’s a lot better than a (expletive) fishing trip.
Donald: We went fishing!
Kiefer: Well I know we went fishing.
Donald: I don’t like fishing.
Kiefer: I was using it more as a metaphor than anything else.
AP: Are you wistful that it took so long to do?
Donald: You do what I can. It’s not like we could have done it sooner. If we could have done it sooner we would have. I’m very, very glad we didn’t do it later. It’s quite possible I would not be here. fresnobee.com
Donald Sutherland, sitting, and son Keifer Sutherland, starring in the western « Forsaken, » are shown at the Redbury Hotel in Hollywood.
(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Donald Sutherland, assis, et son fils Keifer Sutherland, vedette dans le western « Forsaken », sont en présentation à l’Hôtel Redbury à Hollywood.
(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Donald and Kiefer Sutherland finally play father and son in western ‘Forsaken’
(Donald et Kiefer Sutherland joue enfin ensemble père et fils dans le western « Forsaken »)
As a young boy in an acting family, Kiefer Sutherland didn’t realize how big a star his father, Donald, was in Hollywood.
The serious-minded actor, best known as tough-nosed agent Jack Bauer on the long-running series « 24, » was in his late teens when he finally got the opportunity see Donald Sutherland’s ’70s-era movies.
« Growing up, I couldn’t watch my dad’s films because they were restricted, » said the 49-year-old Sutherland in a joint interview in Los Angeles with his dad this week. His dad’s films were groundbreaking but meant for an adult audience.
His mother, Shirley Douglas, and Sutherland divorced in 1970. « Obviously, I would see him for Christmas or see him for the summer. But I didn’t grow up with him. I grew up with my mom — the early years here and then in Canada. »
Sutherland was staying at a family friend’s house who had all the tapes of his father’s films. And over the course of a weekend, he watched his dad in some of his seminal films such as 1976′s « 1900″ and « Fellini’s Casanova »; 1973′s « Don’t Look Now »; 1970′s « MASH » and « Kelly’s Heroes. »
Watching those films were a revelation for the teenage Sutherland. « I knew he was a famous actor, but I didn’t know how prolific he was. I didn’t know how diverse all of those characters were. »
Sutherland even called his father to apologize for not knowing his magnitude of his career.
« He was very sweet, » recalled Kiefer of their conversation. « I kind of always thought that was the beginning of what I remember our relationship to be. »
The two have wanted to work together for decades. Kiefer Sutherland has a blink-or-miss part in his father’s 1983 comedy, « Max Dugan Returns, » and the two starred in 1996′s « A Time to Kill, » but they never shared screen time.
The Sutherlands play an estranged father and son in the western « Forsaken, » which opens Friday in theaters as well as being available on video on demand.
Kiefer Sutherland’s John Henry Clayton is former gunslinger who has given up his guns and hopes to mend fences with his estranged father, the Rev. Clayton. But John Henry may be forced to strap on his guns again because a violent gang is terrorizing ranchers into selling their land before the railroad arrives.
The film also reunites Kiefer Sutherland with director Jon Cassar, who worked on the first seven seasons of « 24, » and writer Brad Mirman, who also worked with him on his 2011 Web series, « The Confession. »
It was Kiefer Sutherland who came up with the idea to turn the 1953 Western classic « Shane » on its ear. « I talked to Brad and Jon about it — what if you inverted ‘Shane’? Instead of a gunslinger finding a little boy and being brought into a family, what if the gunslinger is coming back to his own family? »
Making « Forsaken » was a much more emotional experience for Kiefer Sutherland than he initially thought. « As much as I planned as an actor that this is what I want to do with the character, I was not expecting how powerful it was going to be when I looked into my father’s eyes, » he said, glancing over at Donald.
When it came time for John Henry to break down in his father’s church, Kiefer Sutherland « knew what was going to happen. We did that in the very first take. That is not how I would normally work as an actor. I feel it out on the first take and kind of move up. So there was a lot of planning. »
Donald Sutherland looked surprised at his son’s revelation. « Did you plan? » he asked him.
« I did, » said his son. « There was something about my dad being there that was a real trigger for me. »
« I don’t plan, » Donald Sutherland said. « That’s really interesting. »
Kiefer Sutherland posed a question to his dad about his performance as the crazy platoon commander Oddball in « Kelly Heroes. »
« There is no way in my opinion you could up with the diversity of character of Oddball without having thought about that and planned it, » he said to his father.
« Hey, » rejoined Donald Sutherland forcibly. « Not only did I not think about it, I had been in the hospital at Charing Cross [in London] with spinal meningitis, dying. They sent a wire to Shirley and said, ‘Don’t come, we’ll send the body back.’ I was in a coma. »
A still fragile Sutherland eventually returned to the shoot in Yugoslavia. « I had no idea how this sound came out of Oddball’s mouth, » Sutherland said. « It wasn’t anything I had thought or planned. Every time [director] Brian Hutton would say ‘cut,’ I would break into tears and I’d say is that all right? »
Donald Sutherland hasn’t been more vulnerable on screen than in a scene in « Forsaken » where he breaks down uncontrollably in front of John Henry.
« When I learned the lines, the character started to weep, » he noted. « It was his discovery of his love for his son. »
His son recalled that « you asked Jon and me, ‘Is there a point where you think it would be too much?’ and Jon said ‘no.’ »
It was around the same time that Kiefer Sutherland was discovering his father’s films that Donald Sutherland learned just how talented his son was, recalling a time Kiefer was visiting him at his house in Brentwood.
« He came to my bedroom and said, ‘I have an audition that I have to do tomorrow,’ » Donald Sutherland said. « ‘Do you mind if I do it for you?’ I say, ‘Great. Do it.’ He is at the end of the bed and he does it. He’s fantastic. He says, ‘That’s the way they want me to do it. Could I do it for you the way I want to do it?’ »
Donald Sutherland begun to breathe heavily and was struggling to hold back the tears from the memory.
« I said, ‘Yeah, OK.’ And he did it. It was breathtaking. It was true. It was pure. It was like an epiphany. I couldn’t breathe. »
He looked over at his son. « I can’t breathe. »
Neither remember what the audition was for. « But it was moving as you can get, » Donald Sutherland said. « It was wonderful. » firstname.lastname@example.org
Kiefer Sutherland on ‘Forsaken’, and Working With His Father
(Kiefer Sutherland sur « Forsaken » et son travail avec son père)
At the press day for the film, actor Kiefer Sutherland spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about finally fulfilling his 30-year desire to share the screen with his father, why the father-son dynamic is so interesting to explore, what he learned about his father’s approach to acting, and putting together the perfect piece of material. He also talked about becoming the guardian for any character he plays long-term, whether it be Jack Bauer on nine seasons of 24 or his upcoming ABC series Designated Survivor, and the advice he would give actor Corey Hawkins, as he steps into the lead role on 24: Legacy.
Collider: You’d been wanting to work with your father for many years now. What made this dynamic the right one to play?
KIEFER SUTHERLAND: I think the father-son dynamic is interesting. I don’t have a male friend who hasn’t had some kind of conflict with their dad, and I don’t have a male friend who hasn’t had some kind of conflict with their son. If you take a look at our natural history, there’s always a moment where the young lion wants to challenge the older lion and, inherently, that’s going to be problematic, and I don’t think we’re any different. I also don’t think it’s something that’s explored very often. But why I specifically liked this story was, because they’re so deeply estranged at the beginning, it really was a path to reconciliation that requires acceptance and then, ultimately, forgiveness and letting go. I think those are three really important statements to make. I’ll be interested to see if it’s cathartic for men, in that way. Having said all of that, it was never intended to be nor was it cathartic for my father and I. People have asked us if it brought us closer, but we were close, to begin with. We approached it as two actors approaching a piece of material. But having said that, I have to be honest that there were moments when the fact that it was my father and I was looking into my father’s eyes, which I’ve known for 49 years, I did have a visceral reaction to that. So, it was a unique experience, but the intention was just to tell this story as two actors. This was not some kind of groovy healing experiment for the two of us, although that would have been a cool story. It was the kind of story that we wanted to tell, as a father and son who happen to both be actors.
Was there anything that surprised you about how he approaches acting or who he is an actor?
SUTHERLAND: No, and I was watching him in that way. There were a couple moments which were quite funny because of that. My father is a really interesting physical actor, and it can be just the smallest gesture. He can be unbelievably still, and then do the littlest thing and, all of a sudden, you can’t help but watch him and what he’s doing, or wonder what that meant or where it came from. There was a dinner scene that we were doing, and he did something just like that. He did this really interesting thing with his hand when he was going to pick up a fork and I thought, “Oh, that’s cool. I should remember that. Oh, fuck, maybe it would have been better, if I’d just remembered what I was supposed to say.” I started to laugh, and he knew exactly why I had fucked up. He said, “You put that in your pocket?” And I said, “I certainly did.” And he said, “Good man.” There were moments like that, that were pretty funny. But the thing that struck me the most is that I think we’re quite similar, in the way that we approach our work. He might be a little more open about letting things happen, and maybe I plan a little more than he does. Our approach and what we value in the process of acting is very similar, and that did surprise me.
You were very involved in the development of this, finding the writer and director for it, knowing that you and your father would be in it together.
SUTHERLAND: Well, I had wanted to do it for 30 years and, whether I like it or not, it’s better to do it sooner rather than later, at this point. This hope that the perfect piece of material was just going to come across your desk, and then you would go do it, had exhausted itself. And so, it was something that I wanted to do, so I took that on. I wanted to do a Western because, in Westerns, it’s perceived, at least, that life is more simple, things are more black and white, and people are good or bad. That dynamic helps a lot, in trying to tell what I think is actually a very muddy story between a father and son. So, if that’s the backdrop, that’s the reason why I wanted to do it as a Western. (Screenwriter) Brad Mirman is a friend of mine and I pitched it to him as an idea at a dinner, having no intention of him writing it. Four weeks later, he said, “That idea, I wrote it,” and he had written a beautiful script. I was grateful for that. And I spent eight years working with Jon Cassar on 24. We have a shorthand, if you will. I also feel really safe and comfortable with him, as a director, and that was very important to me. And then, there was the incredible generosity of the actors. They’re all people that I’ve worked with before, whether it was Brian Cox on Broadway, Michael Wincott in Three Musketeers, or Demi Moore in A Few Good Men, and they knew how important this was to me. We were a small film. We never would have been able to get them without them being incredibly generous, not only for their time but for their incredible talent. Each one of them is so integral, to me, to why I think the film works.
You were very involved with this film, you were an executive producer on 24, and you’re an executive producer on your new show for ABC, Designated Survivor. Is it important for you to have more of a say in the characters you play and the development of them?
SUTHERLAND: On some level. In regard to 24, the character was the character. But after Season 2, I start to understand the character more than maybe a writer would ‘cause they’re writing six or seven characters, at the same time, and I’ve been focused on one. My recall is pretty good, so in the third season, I could say, “He can’t do that because a year and a half ago, he said this.” I wasn’t involved in the writing on 24, on any level, but I was Jack Bauer’s guardian, as far as remembering everything that he’d done and trying to keep the character really true to his own history. If Designated Survivor is something that we’re lucky enough to do for any long period of time, I will probably approach it the same way.
A show like 24 must have completely exhausted you, in every sense.
SUTHERLAND: It did and it didn’t. I found it really exhilarating. I seem to have personally been designed to do something like 24, more than maybe a feature film. I do remember going to do a feature film in between Season 2 and Season 3, and I thought it was like watching paint dry. I didn’t think that film even looked better than a lot of the stuff that I was watching on TV. There was something at the speed with which we were working that was a real trigger for me. If you’re an actor with ADD, this is where you want to go. I don’t believe I have ADD, but it just keeps it exciting.
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