Hello Keith… What is your favorite expression in English? ClassicMacGruber
I’m sure they meant Kief? Or maybe not? They call me Kief in England more than anywhere else. I met some young parents around 2001 who had named their son Kiefer, but I have never met anyone named Kiefer who is my age. As for my favorite British expression, there’s “bit and bobs,” which is so sweet and reminds me of my grandmother, and “Oi!” who isn’t technically British, but every time I say “Oi!” stops the room.
Does your twin sister have as many middle names as you? emzsam
I am Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland. She is Rachel Elizabeth Maria Teresa Dorothy Isabelle Sutherland. We never got a straight answer from our father as to why he was so generous. I’ve always joked that he must have been in deep debt and told people, “If you feed us on Tuesday, I’ll name my son after you,” and then extended the offer to my sister.
How does being British affect your outlook on life? LarboIreland
I have an innate desire to conquer the world.
During his first appearance on The Simpsons, as a army colonel in season 18, Homer says, “Man, you have an amazing voice!” Do you agree? francolfc
I’m very grateful for my voice. I have benefited genetically from my father who has one of the The most impressive voices of all time. He was doing the voiceover for these Volvo commercials and he was getting paid a lot more money than I originally thought. So I jokingly told his agent that he could do a really good Donald Sutherland for half the money. I don’t think my father thought it was very funny, but I thought it was hysterical.
Has your father influenced your career choices as an actor? evandan
It’s hard to think of another actor who has been as prolific and made films as diverse as Ordinary People, Don’t Look Now, Fellini’s Casanova, Bertolucci’s 1900 and The Hunger Games. His influence was making my career as diversified and interesting as possible, which he taught me by doing, not saying, which was great.
What do you remember about yourself? Grandpa, tommy douglas politician, who moved from Falkirk in Scotland Y helped bring universal health care to Canada? hagin88
Since I was six or seven years old, my sister and I would spend six weeks in the summer with my mother’s parents, my grandmother and grandfather. I have incredibly fond memories of sitting on the gallery of the House of Commons in Ottawa, watching him give these great speeches. When he was done, he would sneak up to the gallery and bring us a hot dog. He was aware of how important he was in Canadian politics, but he was also my grandfather. He was incredibly supportive. I had academic problems and he told me not to get mad. When I was 14 years old, he taught me to drive in a parking lot. He was one of the kindest people in my life. He died when I was 18, so I miss him a lot.
Do you feel more comfortable as a musician than as an actor? sey_more_j
No. You inhabit two very different things. As an actor, I’m inhabiting a character, so innately, it’s not comfortable because it’s not You. If I’m on stage and I explain to a room full of strangers that I wrote this song because I was heartbroken and people start laughing… what’s plan B? You’re relying on the good faith of others, so that’s not very comfortable either. I think it’s safe to say that I’m pretty uncomfortable doing both.
He has said that he does not like to watch his own movies and TV shows. How about your singing? emzsam
When you have 40 or 50 songs, at some point you’re going to start listening to your own stuff, just to remember it. When I’m watching a movie or TV show I’m in… not that I hate it, but I have a very strong image of what I’m trying to create, and sometimes I don’t see what was in my imagination. Stand By Me was a perfect example. I really felt like I hadn’t played that character correctly. But people would come up to me and say otherwise, so I realized that what keeps me from enjoying my characters, and I know this sounds silly, is that they look and sound like me.
I read that Stand By Me worked so well because you really intimidated the four younger actors. Was that conscious? Hoppo
I don’t know where that story comes from. I was 18, they were 12, so we didn’t go out together. We were shooting in Oregon and I was in Portland doing… whatever it was I did at night. I remember running lanes with River Phoenix. If their only contact with me was in the scenes, I understand why they might have felt a bit threatened. But he certainly wasn’t going to bully a bunch of little kids for a movie.
Have you ever met that muscular singer who plays the saxophone in the beach party rock band in The Lost Boys? JSpicoli
Yes, Tim Cappello. He was Tina Turner’s saxophonist. The Lost Boys had a great deliberate rock’n’roll soundtrack with Echo and the Bunnymen, Roger Daltrey… all these great acts of the time. And he was one of them.
How often do you get: “Worms, Michael. you are eating worms” when you are in a Chinese restaurant with friends? Little boy
It hasn’t occurred to me, but now it does.
you were so much fun in 1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me hagin88
It was not on purpose! Do they offer me a lot of comedy? No I do not. It’s not that I can’t read the joke and find the punchline. I get so nervous no one is going to laugh that comedy is something I’ve never coveted, and it’s also avoided me. I would like to be funny? My God, yes. It remains to be seen if I am able or not at the right time.
What led you to move to television when Netflix didn’t even exist? istanbul_78
Some TV shows were already better than the movies. ER, NYPD Blue, The Sopranos, The West Wing, Sex and the City… 24 was there, so I was very lucky. Stephen Hopkins, who directed the first season of 24, was a very good friend of mine, and he helped sell me. Also, the movies they offered me weren’t very good.
Did you take on the role of Tom Kirkman in Designated Survivor so Jack Bauer I could finally get into the Oval Office? TheOracleNo1
I wish I was that smart. I liked the idea of someone becoming president and not going through the process. If you’re willing to go through that process of becoming president, you’re probably not the right person for the job. I liked the idea that, much like the 1939 film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, someone is pulled out of the crowd to become president and will approach politics solely from common sense. So, that’s the serious answer. It would have been a lot different if Jack Bauer had shown up, let him into the Oval Office, and we’d talked about how much we thought we looked alike.
I have to ask, Any chance of more Jack Bauer? SableHound’s Return
I have learned to say: never say never. But if the writers come up with a good idea, they better do it fast, because I’m slowing down. Time is catching up and bones are getting brittle. Maybe they should reboot it with new characters and Jack Bauer somehow gets out of China and that story is settled. I am open to everything. 24 was one of my best experiences in life and if there’s a smart way to end it, or at least end my involvement, I’m open to that. I also had to learn to respond to Jack’s name because, like the reader in the first question who got my name wrong, people say: Jack! I was settling into my seat on a plane and this lady leaned over and said, “I feel so much safer now that you’re sitting next to me.” I took a beat and said, “I don’t know why. Everyone who sits next to me dies.” I was kidding, but I’m not sure she knew how to take it.
Why doesn’t Jack ever say goodbye to Chloe over the phone? hagin88
Everything is too urgent. With Jack Bauer, everything is vocal. Like Kiefer I would say [takes sips of water]:: “Ooh, I would really like that glass of water.” Jack Bauer would say [swigs water]: “I need that glass of water.” He never says goodbye, but you will notice that he says please and thank you, which was never written in the script. I don’t know what’s wrong with the people on TV, but they’re incredibly rude. So that was my big contribution.
What is your favorite Greggs item? promethean3
Simple sausage roll. I have people in the band and the team that are complicated with the steak is and bacon that … Yuck! Sausage roll, easy, ready, inside and out. The good thing is that it doesn’t matter if it’s been sitting there for six hours, it still tastes the same. Get the sausage roll, there will be no disappointment.
As the proud owner of a 24 tattoo on my back, has a fan ever shown any ink that terrified you? ajyates33
No, it’s not scary. I mean, I have Mickey Mouse with a machine gun reading a book called How to Kill on my arm, but I think it’s cute and funny. Every tour, I get a tattoo at the end. I can’t think of a tattoo shop I’ve been to that didn’t have The Lost Boys on the wall. If people have gotten a tattoo because they enjoyed something I did: thank you very much.
Kiefer Sutherland’s new album bloor street is available now in Pheromone recordings.
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