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July 29th, 2014 // 11 Comments
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“But there’s a.. there’s a bomb in that whiskey. Someone has to drink it.”
“Sir, that’s a parking meter.”
Then how did it know my name?!”

Because voicing a character on a Star Wars cartoon has filled him with unbridled hubris, Freddie Prinze Jr. went off on Kiefer Sutherland during a Comic-Con interview to promote Star Wars: Rebels. Apparently, his experience on the set of 24 made him want to quit acting altogether, or at least do the closest thing to that and write for the WWE. ABC News reports:

“I did ’24,’ it was terrible. I hated every moment of it,” Prinze said. “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.”
He continued, “I just wanted to quit the business after that. So, I just sort of stopped.” …
”I went and worked for Vince McMahon at the WWE for Christ’s sake and it was a crazier job than working with Kiefer,” he said. “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. 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.”

Of course, all of this makes perfect sense because I’m not sure if you know this about Kiefer Sutherland, but he likes to have a drink every now and then. Which I probably shouldn’t be telling you that because it’s kind of a big secret, so don’t go blabbing about it to all your friends, alright? Keep it under you hat. As for the massive television network that currently employs Kiefer? They have no idea what Freddie Prinze Jr.’s talking about. TMZ reports:

A Fox official tells TMZ … Kiefer was “nothing but professional during the run of the show and is beloved by cast and crew.” The honcho adds, “It’s so out of left field, 5 years later.”
The official goes on, “We wouldn’t have done another ’24′ if Kiefer were anything like Freddie described.”

“Seriously, think about it. We’re not just going to put some reckless drunk on TV just to make money hand over fist. Who even does that? That’s crazy talk. Now watch Anger Management Thursdays at 9:30. Only on FX.”

Photos: Vantagenews/AKM-GSI


  1. Short Round

    Those royalty checks from the highly lucrative Scooby Doo franchise must be rolling in like crazy to have such nerve.

  2. Freddie: “The man is so unprofessional.”
    “Can you give us an example?”
    Freddie: “I mean, he’s just a jerk, you know?”
    “But what did he do?”
    Freddie: “He just acts like a giant peepee head all the time.”

  3. hes starting to look like his dad. almost.
    only not as drunk.

  4. Network Bull....

    There is one little Network fact that we’re missing:
    They cancelled “24″ the first time, because Kiefer
    absolutely couldn’t stay sober for 8hrs at a time.
    TV Shows are expensive to produce, especially
    if your star is “sick” a couple of days a week.

    “24″ was the #1 rated show in it’s timeslot, when they
    pulled the plug. If you know anything about networks,
    they normally overlook ANYTHING for good ratings.
    (ref: Charlie Sheen).

  5. Drunk All The Time

    For those who want more insight into Kiefer and booze go rent:
    “I Want You To Kill Me” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0800081/
    It’s a documentary he made about managing a rock band
    that starts out ok, and by the end he’s hammered 24/7.
    The movie grossed $12,000 (yes $12 thousand dollars)

  6. Kiefer Sutherland Drunk Dragged Into Hotel
    Commented on this photo:

    Aww, that’s cute! He’s wearing grown-up clothes.

  7. Speaking as someone who worked on the season of 24 which featured FPJ, the only unprofessional actor on that set was Freddie. Speaking as a series-long fan of 24, Freddie was easily the worst casting decision in the history of the show.

    Kiefer can be intense–as in, if you do something stupid to mess him up during a scene, he may go Christian Bale on you. But outside of that, his personality is just like he is in interviews–kind and gentle almost to a point that makes you think, where’s the drunk who dove head first into a hotel lobby christmas tree?

    Freddie was a prima donna and often just a little bitch about everything. Oh and when the show was over, he absconded with the incredibly expensive watch his character wore, which like all costumes and props are supposed to be returned. But he just took it because he’s so, you know, professional.

  8. Kiefer played David and Ace, who epic badasses in two of the greatest movies ever made. For that alone he’d get a pass for all eternity. Then add the rest of his filmography.

    Freddie let the sentence ‘But, at least he was cool and tall’ leave his lips.

    There is no contest here.

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