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Aisha Tyler and Sara Gilbert defend Kiefer Sutherland

Sara Gilbert and Aisha Tyler, who both worked with Kiefer Sutherland, defend his professionalism in reaction to Freddie Prinze Jr. saying that Sutherland was “the most unprofessional dude in the world” and almost made him quit acting.

Sarah Gilbert (played Paula Schaeffer in 24 Season 2):
“I worked with Kiefer on 24 and he was amazing, so polite, always there for our scenes. So when [Freddie] says everyone had that experience, it’s just not true.”

Aisha Tyler (played Marianne Taylor in 24 Season 4):
“I worked on 24 as well, I had exactly the same experience. In fact there were days where our characters had phone conversations, and he would come in. He didn’t have to shoot that day at all and he would come in to read his off-camera lines which never happens on a show; usually you have some stand-in or an assistant do that. He was incredibly present, so polite, sweet to everybody, knew everyones name.”

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I think Kiefer said in an interview he did on “Inside the Actor’s Studio” that he only expects other actors he works with to turn in the same effort, and devote as much of themselves to the part they play, as he does. I can see that he has little patience or willingness to tolerate those who turn in half-hearted or lame performances – and let’s face it: Freddie Prinze didn’t impress anyone with his cardboard portrayal in S8.

That’s often the way with people in any field, they get cunty around people more talented and dedicated to their craft than they are.

Let’s face it Freddie Prinze Jr. is nowhere near as good an actor as Kiefer Sutherland. Freddie Prinze can’t even act!! All his movies were low class garbage.

Agreed! He was not only afflicted with big, bulging eyes of peace – which stops you from ever becoming a credible leading man, he’s also a really shite actor too.

July 29, 2014 at 6:24 am
His performance on “24” is probably the best thing I’ve seen him do. Before that, he was a part of that “Denny Crane’s Son” arc on “Boston Legal”. Man, oh, man, was he ever terrible.

“Donny Crane.”
“Denny Crane”
“Donny Crane.”

“His performance on “24″ is probably the best thing I’ve seen him do.”

If that’s the best he can pull off, I feel sorry for him. That performance was terrible and really brought down an already weak season 8 for me (even though I really like that second half, especially the final 8 episodes)

Sara and Aisha had great moments when they were on 24 respectively.

I love Aisha Tyler, and her character had some fun moments.

Have to say, Freddie Prinze Jr.’s character was very, very weak in season eight, and his strained New York accent pretty embarrassing. Perhaps he thought he was destined for more on the show? That maybe there was some expectation from him that he would eventually replace Kiefer — or at least be at equal with him on the show? Maybe appearing in only one season ticked him off.

sounds like pure sour grapes on Freddie Prinze’s part! It only took him 5 years to realize he was ticked off….please!~

Kiefer is a great actor and dedicated to the work he does.

July 28, 2014 at 11:22 pm
It’s days like this where people show what they’re really about. Lovely of past cast mates to step in and defend Kiefer.

I’m far more attracted to Aisha Tyler now I know she’s the voice of Lana Kane in Archer.

She’s also doing an awesome job hosting Whose Line is it Anyway.

Just as I thought, really. Good on both Aisha and Sara.

Absolutely. Retrofit silent clocks for both their characters!

poor Freddie Prinze Jr!you are going to die!and thanks Aisha Tyler!cassar laern it!

Lol somebody changed his Wikipedia for years active to “2014” instead of “present”

I wonder how Sarah Michelle Gellar feels about all of this.

Toronto Sun:

“According to Prinze, the experience was so bad he wanted to quit the business. Rare though this kind of honesty is among actors, Prinze is not the first person to speak up about Sutherland being difficult to work with. Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo claims in her memoir that Sutherland was angry, hard to work with and likely responsible for her role ending on the show.”

Kiki Vanderway
July 29, 2014 at 5:03 pm
I don’t find this honest if anything I find it disingenuous because both slams came when they were pushing unrelated projects so the timing is completely calculated.

Also both seem to think they had been promised more than they got and lay the blame on Kiefer and only Kiefer which really doesn’t translate into believability especially with this show’s MO of offing actors left and right.

You have to ask whether these disgruntled actors are just plain stupid. Did they never watch the show ?

Did their agents inflate their egos by telling them they were important and this would lead to more work?

I’m sure that there are legitimate complaints to be made and that it’s not all sweetness and light on set actors are moody and insecure and I’m sure there are bad patches but by and large it seems mostly sour grapes by just a few

I’m going to play devil’s advocate here, just for a moment. It is very possible that as actors, Freddie Prinze Jr & Shohreh Aghdashloo clashed with Kiefer’s way of doing things. And in Shohreh Aghdashloo’s case, it is very possible that she was killed off earlier than planned, as people who’ve worked on the show have said the script gets changed a lot while filming. However, I don’t believe that Shohreh Aghdashloo’s character was killed off early because she and Kiefer clashed (though I can see how she might believe that). I do think it was just a change in the script. As for Freddie Prinze Jr., he seems bitter, yet won’t say what the REAL issue was. He mentioned something about having to adjust for a height difference between him and Kiefer, but frankly, that should not be grounds for anything. Lots of men in the film industry are short and have their TV or film crew adjust for height difference so that they look taller or equal to their cast. Tom Cruise is one of those men. So if he’s bitter about having to look shorter than Kiefer, I have no sympathy for him. I suspect something else happened, but he doesn’t have the balls to say what it really was.

Kiki Vanderway
July 30, 2014 at 10:58 am
Maybe I’m sure lots if crap goes on we never know about but carrying a grudge for five years before you say anything about it is just odd.

The artist formerly know as Prinze is not going to come out of this well even if he had a legitimate bone to pick he simply comes off like a petty has been/never was kind of loser.

It’s interesting no one has backed up his claims that Kiefer was drunk and held production up for hours on set each day…it’s also interesting that no one from Day 8 has come out to support Kiefer yet either… Hollywood is doing the duck and cover here…

all these none sense talking from these actors its because they wanna replace kiefer a.k.a Jack Bauer they wants his role but itn’t gonna happen shit heads.

Hey, like it or not, it’s the business. there are many people who are very difficult to work within film and television. Some with that deserved reputation are Clint Eastwood, Sean Connery, Bruce Willis, Barbara Streisand, and on and on. All are extremely talented. If someone does not like working with Kiefer or any one else who may be tough, then they shouldn’t. But they don’t need to cry about it and seem so shocked and hurt that it causes them to want to leave the business! and if they do want to leave….goodbye and good luck finding another job that pays as much.