When an actor outs the bad behavior of another actor, you can be your bottom dollar there’s truth to the tale. Freddie Prinze Jr. recently confessed his hatred for Kiefer Sutherland on the set of ’24,’ saying “he’s the most unprofessional dude in the world,” and he just “wanted to quit the business” after working beside the star. Sutherland’s rep tried to squash the spat by saying, “This is the first he has heard of Freddie’s grievances,” and Sutherland “enjoyed working with [him] and wishes him the best.” FOX also came to Sutherland’s defense, insisting that he was “nothing but professional during the run of the show and is beloved by cast and crew.” They furthered that they “wouldn’t have done another ’24′ if Kiefer were anything like Freddie described.”
While it’s possible that this is a mere misunderstanding, it’s mighty suspicious.
Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo is another former costar of Sutherland who has seconded the criticism, saying, “I’m afraid working with him proved to be hard. That young man was pretty angry.” As for Prinze, he won’t back down. He has since said that Sutherland suffers from a drinking problem, often showing up to set late and holding up production. If any of this is true, perhaps this revelation could cause change. As for the accolades from FOX, my experience behind-the-scenes in Hollywood has educated me on the extent of executives’ greed. If you make them money, they’ll excuse just about anything. And for your viewing enjoyment, watch the clip below (sorry, Kiefer).
For some reason actors rarely talk about River Phoenix. There’s stories in Hollywood about very famous actors who were good friends with him, such as Johnny Depp, but no one ever mentions it. So I was happy and moved to hear Kiefer Sutherland recount what it was like to work with him on Stand By Me. Watch below.
Julia Roberts is one of those untouchable celebrities who manages to keep a pristine reputation despite a history of questionable behavior. But here at The Dishmaster, it’s always fun to remind my readers of celebrity feuds amongst Hollywood titans. One such feud happened in 1991 on the set of Steven Spielberg’s ‘Hook.’ Rumors circulated during filming that Roberts was extremely difficult to work with, and she soon developed the clever nickname “Tinkerhell”. When Spielberg was asked about the rumors during a ’60 Minutes’ interview, he slyly said, “It was an unfortunate time for us to work together.” The “difficult time” in question was Roberts’ decision to leave Kiefer Sutherland just three days before their wedding date, a choice that the press deemed to be related to some kind of a “nervous breakdown.” When Roberts got wind of Spielberg’s comment, she wasn’t pleased. She told Vanity Fair, “I saw that [interview] and my eyes popped out of my head. I couldn’t believe that this person that I knew and trusted was actually hesitating to come to my defense. It was the first time that I felt I had a turncoat in my midst.” But Spielberg didn’t back down. His representative issued a statement in response, saying, “It was just a tough time in her life. Fortunately, she went on to great success, and so did Steven.”
For those that don’t follow tabloid history, I’ll give you a nutshell review of one of the greatest scandals of all time. Once upon a time, Kiefer Sutherland was engaged to Julia Roberts. She left him shortly before the wedding and ran off with his best friend. So who’s the best friend in question? It was Jason Patric. Years later, Kiefer spoke kindly of Roberts in interviews, saying they were not ready to be married, and he’s thankful that she realized it. When asked about Patric, Kiefer wasn’t as kind, saying, “I’m surprised that I never got a call from him saying I’ve fallen in love da-da-da. Instead, I found out from a stranger.” Jason Patric later paid for the affair, saying, “I knew (dating her) would be trouble. But I think sometimes people walk into their own nightmare maybe not so consciously. This was a person who very much put herself in the public eye, and the public life. I think everyone has a right to privacy, but once you use your personal life to advance your fame, you really don’t have the right to say no to (the press).” Now that you know the history you can imagine my shock when I discovered that Kiefer Sutherland and Jason Patric are currently starring on Broadway together in That Championship Season. The play was written by Pulitzer Prize winner Jason Miller, who also happens to be Jason Patric’s father. I’d like to note that only men can move past bad blood. If my best friend ran off with my fiance, I’d accept her invitation to star in a play only so that I could get close enough to choke her on stage.
Kiefer Sutherland revealed that he cried while addressing the crew to say thank you for their many years together on ’24.’ For those of you who don’t already know, I have a huge crush on Kiefer Sutherland, and the thought of this bad boy coming to tears makes me think I can break him in after all. It’s hard to believe this is the same guy that my good friend saw at a bar and said, “Hey, you’re Kiefer Sutherland aren’t you?” At which point Kiefer replied with a big loud burp in my friend’s face. Immediately after writing this, I will forward this story along to my friend in hopes that he’ll forget the burp and approve my crush. Keep your fingers crossed.