Kiefer Sutherland wants new challenge

Kiefer Sutherland is looking for a role radically different to his '24' alter ego Jack Bauer

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Kiefer Sutherland

Kiefer Sutherland would find it "icky" to play another character like Jack Bauer.

The actor recently completed filming on the eighth and final season of the real-time drama and though he is ready for a new challenge, has vowed to do something completely different.

He said: "My immediate instinct is, 'You can't pick up a gun and chase anybody for a while'. Not unless you're playing Jack Bauer in '24', anyway. That would just be too odd... almost icky."

Kiefer also admitted filming his final scenes for the show "took him by surprise."

He explained to Zap2It: "We had months to prepare for that last day and I'd thought of what I wanted to say. We're usually running-and-gunning so fast it's like, 'We've gotta move on!'. Since we knew it was almost the last scene, though, we were doing extra coverage of my feet, my elbows, my hands... we were making up shots, just to have the next one not be 'the one'.

I thought there was still one shot left. Just as I walked out on the stairs for it, they said, 'Ladies and gentlemen, that is a show wrap'. It kind of caught me off-guard, but I figured, 'Well, I'd better say something'. It was going to be short, because there was nothing you could say to explain how much all of this meant."

The 43-year-old star was sad to say goodbye to the rest of the cast and crew and struggled to hide his emotions when giving a farewell speech.

He said: "I caught the eye of our key gaffer and our key camera operator, and my voice started to go. Then my lips started to go, and I had to look down at my own feet."

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