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“Jack Bauer” set to dissapoint fans of 24
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“Jack Bauer” set to dissapoint fans of 24

Iyene Etim

Kiefer Sutherland who starred as counter-terrorism agent Jack Bauer in the highly-successful thriller from 2001 to 2010, and made a return in last year’s spin-off series 24: Live Another Day has confirmed he will “definitely not return in any way” to his hit TV show.

When Fox announced a reboot with a new protagonist earlier this year, the star said he hadn’t “ruled out a cameo.”

However, he has now told the BBC: “24 are definitely over now for me.”

“It’s one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever been given as an actor,” Sutherland added, “but it’s moving on without me, I want to do other things.”

Sutherland said “I want to do more television,” he said. “My experience of 24 was unbelievable, but the main benefit was that it was nice to do something that people actually watched, and that they enjoyed.

“There are some movies I’ve made people might have enjoyed, but there were nine of them watching. And so 24 was so refreshing – the most significant thing was that it was accessible to a lot of people and to know they enjoyed it was so rewarding for me.

“I don’t think there’s a better medium than television out there at the moment. So think I want to do more of it and look for projects where I can repeat my experience.

“You have to take your time though to find something like it – and that means you have to work less. So I’ll be waiting for something that’s worth it, with the potential for the kind of audience access that 24 had.”

Despite this, Sutherland was speaking to the BBC at the launch of his new film, Forsaken, which sees the 48-year-old star opposite his father Donald for the first time.

The younger Sutherland explains that he “dreamed for thirty years of acting opposite my father, but I just wanted this ideal project to come along.

“Then at Christmas I just looked at my father and I realized we probably didn’t have that much time left to do this together – he’s just turned 80 – so I got on with it.”

Forsaken is Sutherland’s first western since Young Guns 2 in 1990. He plays a reformed killer, while Donald plays his estranged father.

Credit: BBC