Who are we to believe? Very late in the month of July 2014, actor Freddie Prinze Jr. made some very unflattering remarks on the alleged (lack) professionalism of actor Kiefer Sutherland. Prinze Jr. worked with Sutherland on the set of the popular show 24 back in 2010. Apparently, he didn’t like Jack very much – onscreen or off:
"I did '24,' it was terrible," the 38-year-old actor told ABC News. "I hated every moment of it.
Kiefer was the most unprofessional dude in the world," Prinze said. "That's not me talking trash; I'd say it to his face. I think everyone that's worked with him has said that."
Never mind that he didn’t actually name any of the other actors who allegedly feel similarly to him, Freddie Prinze Jr. also gave a bizarre reason for his dislike of Sutherland. Prinze Jr. claimed they made him take off his shoes to do scenes with the shorter Sutherland.
“Just put the guy on an apple box or don’t hire me next time,” he continued. You know I’m 6 foot and he’s 5’4”.” Statements like these really make one wonder what goes on behind the scenes in Hollywood – what could possibly have precipitated this all of a sudden? Have Sutherland and Prinze Jr. been in contact recently, or did someone lose out on a job to the other?
Kiefer Sutherland, for his part, released a very positive response through his representative, saying that he had a great time working with Prinze Jr., and that he was unaware of any problems they had, since he never spoke up at the time. Later in the week, fellow actor and former 24 cast mate Louis Lombardi (who played Edgar Stiles, Season 5) came out in support of Jack.
Lombardi practically showered Sutherland with praise, telling Us Weekly that he was “one of the most likable and professional actors I’ve ever worked with.” And Lombardi’s 24 character, Edgar Stiles, was killed off quite some time ago in 2005 – in Season 5.
This is in direct contrast to Prinze Jr.’s assertion that “everybody feels that Sutherland is unprofessional.” Given the civility of Sutherland’s response, even if he was a jerk to Prinze Jr, he came off much better in this exchange.At best, even if Prinze Jr.’s recollection of events is accurate, he comes off as a tad sensitive.