Freddie Prinze Jr. has slammed Kiefer Sutherland in a new interview with ABC News Radio, saying that he hated every minute of working with him. The actor gave the interview at this year’s Comic-Con.
During the interview, the 38 year-old was asked to describe his experience working with Sutherland on the hit FOX show 24. He recalled few fond memories, going as far as to call Sutherland the most unprofessional guy in the world. Prinze Jr. also stated that he would not be afraid to bring his opinion directly to Sutherland if the opportunity presented itself. The I Know What You Did Last Summer actor recalls the experience as being so awful that he was tempted to quit the acting business altogether. He went on to attribute his acting hiatus following his time on 24 to his experience on the set.
Prinze Jr. listed Sutherland’s height as one of the downfalls of working with him, stating that it made it very difficult to shoot scenes. He says he was made to remove his shoes in order to better match the leading actor’s height, which sits at a mere five feet and four inches compared to Prinze Jr.’s six feet. The latter actor felt that this was slightly unfair to him, and that a better solution would have been to either ask Sutherland to stand on a box of some sort or not hire such a tall co-star to begin with. These comments came as a surprise to many, as Prinze Jr.’s last interview concerning Sutherland, which took place in 2010 shortly after the two had worked together, contained nothing but high praise for the actor.
Prinze Jr. backed up his claims that the actor was hard to work with by stating that he feels everyone else who has worked with Sutherland would agree with him. This statement comes with a certain amount of truth, as Sutherland has built up a reputation over the years that far extends past the opinion of Prinze Jr. alone. Shohreh Aghdashloo, one of Sutherland’s co-stars in 24, gave the statement in a recent interview that the actor was incredibly difficult to work with, and even made efforts to get her off the set. Aghdashloo says that Sutherland felt her character was getting too popular, and this made him lobby for her exit due to fears that she would overtake his fame. In June of 2011, Star Trek actor Will Wheaton was granted a much sought-after restraining order against Sutherland, which he requested after nearly two decades of harassment from Sutherland. Wheaton alleged that Sutherland had been both calling him excessively and spending inordinate amounts of time near his Arcadian home, of which the latter is now banned from coming within 200 miles of. Sutherland’s lawyer claimed that these allegations were extremely fabricated and tarnished his client’s reputation, stating that his client was extremely opposed to such an order.
Sutherland has also seen his fair share of legal troubles. In September of 2007, he was arrested for drunk driving after failing to pass a sobriety test, making the incident his fourth DUI arrest since 1989. He served a total of 48 days in prison. In May of 2009, he willingly turned himself into the New York Police Department following an incident in which he head-butted Jack McCollough, a fashion designer. Charges were dropped after Sutherland issued McCollough an apology.
Prinze Jr. gained fame in the late 90’s for his roles in such popular teen films as I Know What You Did Last Summer, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, She’s All That, and Summer Catch. In 2002, he married former I Know What You Did Last Summer co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar. The pair have two children together. In addition to acting, he is employed by the WWE as a director and producer.
Kiefer Sutherland has yet to respond to Freddie Prinze Jr.’s recent statements surrounding their time together on 24. However, Prinze Jr. has made it quite clear he has no desire to ever work with Sutherland again.
by Rebecca Grace