“Ever think you’re having a bad day? Then console yourself by considering what a bad day entails for the world’s most celebrated and beleaguered counter-terrorist agent Jack Bauer, …So far, Bauer has seen his wife murdered by his lover, had his daughter kidnapped, become a heroin addict to infiltrate a drugs gang, and been forced to execute his own boss in order to avert a chemical attack by terrorists. He’s even been pronounced dead himself on a couple of occasions. And he is never allowed respite.
As the eagerly anticipated new series kicks off, it’s going to be just as gratifyingly ruthless. In the show, Bauer grapples with an apocalyptic plot over a 24-hour time frame, which divides into 24 episodes. Sutherland has described the cult series as ‘Dynasty on crack’, which is apposite; this time, two familiar faces … didn’t make it past the first hour.
At this rate, you have to ask yourself if even Jack is safe. Sutherland, 39, who has built an extraordinary career renaissance on his portrayal of the driven agent, refuses to offer any guarantees – even though he stars in and executive produces the shows.
‘I’ll be happy to die,’ he says, sounding relaxed at the prospect of his character’s demise. ‘In fact, it’s important to the show that Jack eventually dies. And that he does so when you least expect it. I’ve always said that if there comes a point in the show where to kill Jack is what serves the show best, then so be it, and I think every actor who has been on the show feels the same way about their role.’ …
… Just keep your fingers crossed he’s still with us by lunchtime.”