I think the general consensus here from the last Kiefer Sutherland post is that no one cares anymore about the return of 24. Has the series resurrected itself yet? I’m a Kiefer fan and haven’t bothered to keep up. Oh, it came back in May for 12 episodes, and it’s over already. No big loss. Whereas the last time we talked about Freddie Prinze Jr., everyone thought he was adorable. So we shall see how you feel about Freddie after this story.
Freddie probably didn’t watch the new 24 episodes either. He reportedly “hated” his experience filming the show in 2010. Freddie appeared at Comic Con last weekend and decided to trash Kiefer. He can’t stand the guy at all. Those are pretty strong feelings, and Freddie doesn’t stop there:
Freddie Prinze Jr. just unloaded on Kiefer Sutherland — saying he hated working with Kiefer on “24″ and calling him the “most unprofessional dude in the world.”
Freddie made the comments at Comic-Con — telling ABC News his experience on 24 in 2010 was so bad, he wanted to quit acting altogether.
“I did 24 … it was terrible. I hated every moment of it. I just wanted to quit the business after that. So, I just sort of stopped.”
He then turned his sights to Sutherland — saying, “Kiefer was the most unprofessional dude in the world. That’s not me talking trash, I’d say it to his face. I think everyone that’s worked with him has said that.”
In fact, Prinze Jr. still hates Kiefer so badly, he took a shot at the actor for being short — saying, “I went and worked for Vince McMahon at the WWE, for Christ’s sake … but, at least he was cool and tall. I didn’t have to take my shoes off to do scenes with him, which they made me do [at 24]. Just put the guy on an apple box or don’t hire me next time. You know I’m 6 feet and he’s 5’4.”
He clearly changed his tune … back in 2010 Prinze had nothing but good things to say about working with Kiefer.
Dang. I always forget that Kiefer is “short” by Hollywood standards. Kiefer is 5’9″ and Freddie’s knocking him down another 5 inches. He doesn’t say anything else to justify his belief that Kiefer is “unprofessional.” I’d love to hear more from Freddie himself. Explain yourself, young man.
There are already updates spilling into TMZ. Freddie sources say the matter boils down to Kiefer’s alcohol issues. As in showing up on set drunk and lingering in his trailer for hours as everyone waited. We all know that Kiefer gets a little crazy when he drinks (RIP, Christmas tree). Did his drinking habits affect his work that much? Who knows. We’re only really hearing from mysterious Freddie sources, not Freddie himself. Kiefer’s rep tells TMZ, “Kiefer worked with Freddie Prinze, Jr. more than 5 years ago, and this is the first he has heard of Freddie’s grievances. Kiefer enjoyed working with Freddie and wishes him the best.”
Kiefer does have heavy alcohol issues. He’s been charged with DUI four times. He served 48 days in jail in 2007 after violating probation on his third charge. His drinking problems could have leaked into 24 production, but FOX didn’t have issues with hiring him again. Freddie doesn’t win points for the delivery of his message, but maybe his feelings are justified.
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