Here’s a name we haven’t heard in a while: Freddie Prinze Jr. Apparently, we have Kiefer Sutherland to blame (or thank, depending who you ask) for that.
See, Freddie says he was left so traumatized by a 2010 guest arc on FOX’s 24 that he nearly retired from professional acting. And just what could have been so bad that Freddie — whose own father was a noted, if tragic, star — almost threw up his hands and bolted from Tinseltown? Prinze Jr. says it was the horror of working with Sutherland.
The Star Wars Rebels spilled the beans in a promotional interview with ABC News over the weekend. Without offering up any specific details, Freddie described working with Kiefer as about as enjoyable as going to a Taco Bell drive-thru with Charlie Sheen…after a root canal.
“I did 24, it was terrible. I hated every moment of it. Kiefer was the most unprofessional dude in the world. That’s not me talking trash, I’d say it to his face, I think everyone that’s worked with him has said that. … I just wanted to quit the business after that. So, I just sort of stopped.”
Prinze Jr. hinted that the height difference between the actors may have been a source of contention. We know how pernicious the Napoleon Complex can be.
“I went and worked for Vince McMahon at the WWE for Christ’s sake and it was a crazier job than working with Kiefer. But, at least he was cool and tall. I didn’t have to take my shoes off to do scenes with him, which they made me do. Just put the guy on an apple box or don’t hire me next time. You know I’m 6 feet and he’s 5’4.”
Welcome back to Hollywood, Freddie. Nice to know that you aren’t trying to burn any bridges!