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Hollywood Exclusive: Kiefer Sutherland Says '24' Movie Will Be 'Like Going Home'

Jan 12, 2012
Kiefer Sutherland.

Kiefer Sutherland smiles when he talks about anticipating the late-April/early-May start of production on the big-screen "24" movie. "That's like going home," he says of getting back into Jack Bauer's skin.

It's been more than five years since the "24" team first set its sights on making a feature. Sutherland acknowledges, "That process has taken us so long; it's such a complicated script to write. Normally, we have 24 hours to tell a story. Trying to condense it into two hours involves a lot of hard choices: What kind of story do you want to tell? How political do you want to make it? How character-driven do you want to make it?"

Sutherland was in fine form at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour this week, talking about his Jan. 25-debuting Fox "Touch" series that has him as the father of a mute, possibly autistic boy who has an astonishing understanding of numbers and their correlation to the universe.

The star was also was among the notables on hand at Fox's party at the historic Castle Green Hotel in Pasadena, Calif., where he chatted away gamely and amiably even though a small group of reporters pretty much backed him into a small space behind a grand piano. He elaborated on some of what he talked about at the earlier press conference -- including the "24" film.

As far as the answers to all those questions about how political and/or character-driven the big screen "24" will be, he laughed and said, "You'll have to wait and see it." He said that several "great actors have expressed interest in (acting in) it, either as an ally or villain."

Sutherland also anticipates more big names will turn up on "Touch" -- which already boasts Danny Glover as a professor who has a handle on matters where quantum physics meets metaphysics. "Because it's a procedural drama as opposed to a serialized show, we could get someone in and out as quickly as an episode," noted Sutherland, who is also a producer on the series. "Or if someone was interested in being involved in a longer arc, I'm sure we could accommodate them."

Sutherland definitely made the most of his two years away from the TV cameras. Asked what the time meant to him, he said, "I got some rest. I got to think about other things I wanted to do. I got to do two films I was very excited about, with very different characters." Those are Mira Nair's upcoming "The Reluctant Fundamentalist," with Liev Schreiber and Kate Hudson, and Lars von Trier's "Melancholia," with Kirsten Dunst.

"And doing 'That Championship Season' on Broadway. I did those things and also had some time off and got some rest -- and realized that I missed working."

MACY'S SELLS GIMBALS: Speaking of Fox, Broadway-star-cum-"Glee"-lead Matthew Morrison says he's seen the pilot for NBC's forthcoming "Smash" series about a musical in the making on the Great White Way. Is it an authentic representation of the real world of Broadway? "Yeah, it is," he declares. "I'm actually interested to see more of it, to see what happens. All my friends are involved in that show."

AND: "Glee's" Chris Colfer is having fun with the yoga hammock with which his Kurt character does tricks on the show. "I'm hoping that gets incorporated into a number. I really would like to have themes for every performance," he says. Colfer says he's always thinking of songs he'd like to perform on the series -- classic tunes and new ones as well. However, he says, "The main ones that I wanted to do are done. 'Don't Cry for Me, Argentina,' 'Defying Gravity' and 'Never Can Say Goodbye.' All of those are
done, so I'm very happy with that."

SPEAKING OF YOGA: Yoga men's shorts have become a very hot item at New York City's KD Dance shop, a favorite of the show business crowd -- including recent visits by Bill Murray and Willem Dafoe. Murray is a favorite of the gang at the shop, where one manager describes him as "so funny and so nice. He makes you feel like you've known him forever and he is just coming by to shoot the breeze and buy you a cup of coffee."

Kanye West is another star who's been by the shop in the last few weeks, but not for yoga shorts or coffee. West ordered custom KD sneakers with an image of Michael Jackson hand-drawn on them -- a special tribute afoot.

© COPYRIGHT 2012 MARILYN BECK AND STACY JENEL SMITH

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