Interview: Kiefer Sutherland | Film | The Guardian
But life hasn't always smiled on Kiefer Sutherland. most explicitly in his fraught relationship with his teenage daughter, Kim, and His father is iconic actor Donald Sutherland, who separated from Douglas when Kiefer and his . I would like to make some films that address some of those political issues. Kiefer Sutherland was born in London in , the son of veteran actor Donald Sutherland. He cultivated a bad boy image throughout the s, playing a gang leader in Stand By Me and a vampire rebel in The Lost Boys. After learning to ride in The Three Musketeers, he took time out. Meanwhile Julia's relationship with Patric was short-lived. Now 48, she also had a Kiefer and Donald Sutherland open up on acting careers.
What a difference a day makes
The show has not only earned him a Screen Actors' Guild award, a Golden Globe and an Emmy nomination for every season, but revived a stalled acting career and has made him one of the most recognisable faces on American television. The first series was broadcast in the US in November ; the notion of global terror plots to topple the US by slaughtering thousands of civilians was no longer a pleasantly thrilling B-movie fantasy but a reality. It made us all feel a bit better to think that there might be men like Bauer - flawed, yes, but committed and possessed of a strong moral compass - keeping tabs on the terrorists rather than the seemingly clueless troupe of improvisers actually in Washington.
Since then, 24 has capitalised on its timeliness by skirting ever closer to political reality, even while its plotlines veered towards melodrama. We have had Middle Eastern terror networks, Russian separatists, biological and nuclear weapon threats and Machiavellian conspiracies and cover-ups in the corridors of power. Has the show consciously become a forum for a political message? In season five, corrupt President Logan begins by engineering a war in the Middle East to secure oil revenues imagine!
Liberal fans are less delighted by the question of Bauer's cavalier attitude to the Geneva Conventions; his interrogations are closer to the MO of Guantanamo or extraordinary rendition than would seem proper for the good guy. His father is iconic actor Donald Sutherland, who separated from Douglas when Kiefer and his twin sister, Rachel, were four and Donald was having an affair with Jane Fonda.
Their mother disappeared for six months, leaving the children in Los Angeles with their father, then returned and took them back to Canada, where Kiefer attended seven different schools in 10 years, ending up at Toronto's exclusive St Andrew's College, from which he dropped out at 15 to pursue acting.
Was he never intimidated by his father's fame? He took a few years off, not on purpose, but he has three sons with his wife of 30 years and he wanted to be involved with them. As much as I missed him being around when I was growing up, I think he missed us too and he wasn't going to let that happen again. So it wasn't until much later that people started making comparisons.
I caught a bit of a break in that it never felt like a weight to me. It's amazing that I was stupid enough to try it - we're talking about one of the most prolific actors in film history - but my parents were very gracious about making me feel like I at least had a shot at making my own path.
He had married actress Camelia Kath and had a daughter, Sarah Jude, now Does he feel, looking back, that he had a pretty easy ride to his early success?
Donald Sutherland's son laying cable?
He grins and shrugs. But I'd left school early. I had a year to get this acting thing going; it's not that it's been an easy life but fuck I've been lucky, yeah, and I am aware of that. I've had opportunities that 0. Their engagement made them the tabloids' First Couple of Hollywood, the Brad and Angelina of their day, which made the headlines all the more gleeful when, just days before their wedding, Roberts called it off and ran away to Europe with Sutherland's then best friend and Lost Boys co-star, Jason Patric.
He recently said of the experience: Thank God she saw it. Only once or twice have I seen something that made me think, wow, that person really doesn't like me - where it's been malicious as opposed to "what an idiot". He was taking on negligible and sometimes downright risible roles to pay the bills until he decided to take some time off from the profession altogether and left Hollywood for a Californian cattle ranch. Here, he took up professional steer roping and, although he broke three fingers at his first rodeo, he persevered until he became a tournament-winning rider on the rodeo circuit and was finally accepted by the other cowboys as more than just a dilettante.
I think that they ended up accepting me more for the fact that I took that for a year than that I turned around and could actually rope. In the course of talking about his father, he observes that the mark of the true artist is never being willing to compromise the purity of what you do or the choices you make. I ask if he has regrets about his own choices.
I got married at 19 and there are a lot of things I did in my career, some successful, some not so. I have so much respect for that because I don't have that kind of courage. Instead, he has turned to his other great passion, music, and set up an independent record label, Ironworks, with his producer friend, Jude Cole. The first group they have signed without partnership with a major label is fronted by a year-old LA blues-rock guitarist and songwriter, Rocco Deluca, whose first album, I Trust You to Kill Me, was released here in the spring.
Story continues below advertisement The Fondas were acting icons whose bond was complicated, and so we watched that pair with heightened awareness, wondering where to split our empathy between the characters onscreen and the actors playing them. And while Sutherland had On Golden Pond in mind while he searched for a project in which to collaborate with his father, he shies somewhat from the direct comparison. Your parents divorced when you were 5. You were raised by actress mother Shirley Douglas in Toronto while your father was a rebel with a Klute, carrying on in Hollywood.
And you grew up to be a successful bon vivant — Christmas trees and curfews stood no chance against your public shenanigans. Any father-son relationship is nuanced, and yours wasn't likely to be the exception, no?
Donald and Kiefer Sutherland finally play father and son in western 'Forsaken' - Los Angeles Times
As he helmed 24 for seven seasons, he's highly aware of Kiefer Sutherland's skill at being grim. But as for the on-set dynamic between father and son, he was less concerned with genetics than he was with chemistry — "If you get it, it's lightning in a bottle" — and simple professionalism.
The younger Sutherland is John Henry Clayton, who returns to town after an eight year absence disheartened to find a sweetheart a no-nonsense Demi Moore long married off, a mother no longer alive and a father who harbours bitterness toward his son.
Story continues below advertisement Story continues below advertisement The film is character-driven, with a straightforward plot about a bullying land baron played by the cussing maestro Brian Cox whose gang of ruffians terrorize a windswept town.
Sutherland's brooding protagonist wants to put his days of gun-toting frontier justice behind him, but we know that isn't going to happen. That sure thing is a gunfight, predictable as a John Wayne punch to the nose. The film was the idea of Sutherland, who pitched it to his screenwriting pal Brad Mirman, who penned the script.