Sutherland 'Petrified' Over Playing Bauer Again
Kiefer Sutherland has spoken of his nerves before reprising the role of Jack Bauer for the upcoming ninth series of 24.
The actor has been filming car crash and fight scenes for 24: Live Another Day in London over recent months.
The series has had a four-year hiatus, but Sutherland said the decision to return to the award-winning role was an easy one.
"I said, 'Yeah, Michael, I'd absolutely like to do it', and then I spent the next six months petrified, going 'Oh my God, why would I open that up again?' because I was nervous," he explained.
"I was very proud of everything that we had accomplished in eight years and there was something very kind of satisfying about saying 'OK, it's done'.
"But I enjoyed it immensely and Howard had such a beautiful idea that obviously you would want to be a part of it, but the fear of not having it fulfil all of its potential is massive, so it took me a few days of shooting for me to kind of realise that I felt very comfortable and at home."
The new location has been a big hit with Sutherland too. "Shooting in London has been amazing," he said.
"We've had the nicest time here, we have a phenomenal crew and, as you can see, look at our set, the production design is extraordinary, so yeah, right now it's perfect."
It has been a long and arduous journey for Bauer and Sutherland. But the star does not think age has made any difference to the way he approaches the many action scenes.
"I've never gone through an entire season of 24 without getting hurt," he said.
"I'll make the joke about the age difference and the bones being a little more brittle, but the reality is, if you do this long enough, you're going to bang a knee here, you're going to, you know - I've fractured my kneecap, I've broken a few different bones, I think I've gotten about 20-something-odd stitches over the years. Stuff happens and this year is no exception."
Mary Lynn Rajskub reprises her role as Chloe O'Brian and the show will also feature guest stars including Stephen Fry and Michelle Fairley.
The series begins on Sky 1 HD in May.