Devon Gummersall who played Mark Hauser in the controversial episode of 24‘s sixth season describes his experience with the show and praises Kiefer Sutherland.
You were actually on the show 24, and I was wondering what was the experience getting roughed up by Jack Bauer like?
Yeah, it was a great experience. You know, 24 is one of my favorite shows, and so getting to be on it was very exciting. Yeah, it’s definitely an intense project and it’s an intense set, and working with Kiefer [Sutherland] is great. He’s very much in-character and he’s definitely an intimidating guy, just like Jack is. So it’s easy, you know.
Yeah, and I was just wondering, ’cause if people don’t remember your episode, it was just one of the most, kind of, one of the more controversial last season. Where your character was helping the terrorists and your brother was developmentally disabled. I’m just wondering, when you first read the script, did you think that this was a different kind of episode of 24?
Yeah, I did. I thought that it was a little bit outside of their norms, and I like this sort of darkness with this character. Where he was, you know, my character was helping the terrorists, but in a way he kind of was just a normal guy who was in over his head, and was, you know, trying to find a way to sort of support his brother, and just, you know, things had gotten out of hand. And you know, obviously he was a bad guy in that, but he also had another spot to him where you kind of, you sort of felt sorry for him to some degree. So I thought that was kind of an interesting character, because it had a lot of different layers going on, but yeah, it was… I thought it was interesting.
And actually, it’s funny with 24. You know, things change so quickly that when you first read it, by the time you get to the set a lot of times things have kind of flipped around and changed a lot, and that’s always kind of interesting too. I mean in my case, the character in this episode, my character in the initial script was the one who went outside and sort of helped Jack get to Gredenko, you know, the Russian terrorists. And then in the end version it ended up being my brother went out there, so kind of a different spin on it.
But I liked the way they took it to that level, made it kind of even more interesting that it was the brother who got put in harm’s way instead of my character, who’s actually the one who was responsible. Kind of made it a very difficult situation, but yeah, it was great experience working on it. And Kiefer is, you know, he’s a great actor. He’s very intense and very passionate about the project, which I think is impressive. He’s been doing it for a long time, but he’s still 100% committed and prepared and just passionate about it