The Cast and Crew of '24' Take It One Day at a Time
Dec. 15 -- "Boop. Beep. Boop. Beep. The following takes place between ..."
Those sounds and words signal to millions of TV viewers that something horrible is about to happen in America and superagent Jack Bauer is going to make it all better. The Emmy-award winning show returns for its sixth season with a two-hour premiere Sun., Jan. 14, 8PM ET on Fox. The fifth season is out now on DVD and includes a season six prequel, interviews, commentaries, deleted scenes and more.
In interviews with AOL Television editor Sean Doorly, the '24' cast and crew chatted about their favorite moments from the show, the upcoming big screen movie and what's in store for next year.
makes the show work?
Kiefer Sutherland (Jack Bauer): I have no idea. You'd have to ask the audiences that have watched. [But over five seasons], they've taken everything that's worked in season one and tried to implement that in season two, and taken everything that didn't work and gotten rid of it. The writers have not been complacent from season to season, they really are aggressively [making] the show better and the audience has really responded to that.
What can you tell
us about the '24' movie?
How many more worst
days can there be in Jack's life?
How are you feeling
as 40 approaches?
What can you tell
us about season six?
Howard Gordon (Writer): Well, in season six, we've really become like Madrid, Tel Aviv, London -- we're in the midst of a wave of terror attacks. The President is now Wayne Palmer, the younger brother of David Palmer, so he's very much the RFK to Palmer's JFK, and he's dealing with a crisis that no president has ever had to deal with before. What happens when it really comes here? We're always about stopping it before it really gets ugly; well, it's gotten ugly before we even start.
Any surprises to top
What was your favorite
moment from the series?
Cassar: Out of all six years? Man, that's a mean question! To just pick one, that's so hard for me. The opening episodes and the finales are my favorites because you're starting something or finishing it, which is rare on our show because usually you're just doing the middle. From a director's point of view, those are the important times. This year's opener is pretty exciting.
Gordon: My favorite moment from last season was when Gregory Itzin (President Logan) contemplates doing himself in. Another one of my favorite moments was David Palmer's death, only because it was one of the most difficult moments to write, to conceive and to ask Dennis [Haysbert] to do.
Carlos Bernard (Tony Almeida): Probably season three was my favorite, towards the end of the season when Jack and Tony were going at it with each other. That was a lot of fun to play. The conflict between those characters and the mutual respect was great.
James Morrison (Bill Buchanan): The very last moment last season when I actually got to connect with Jayne Atkinson's character (Karen Hayes), because that seldom happens to Bill. He's so busy barking that it's hard to have a moment of human contact.
Julian Sands (Vladimir Bierko): Going on the submarine was incredible. We had this proper submarine down in San Diego and our clearance went all the way to the Pentagon. Not sure what that means, but it did. Fingerprints, the whole thing. It was very exciting. Those periscopes on the sub are the most powerful objects you can imagine. You can turn them on San Diego and look straight into people's windows.
What is the most difficult
part of doing '24'?
Morrison: Setting up the story for audience members that may just be coming into it. That falls on my shoulders a lot. Bill has to explain what's happened, what's going to happen, and that's challenging to make that work. But it's fun; it's a great way to make your living.
Penny Johnson (Sherry Palmer): I think the most difficult part of doing '24' is when you no longer do '24'. You become such a part of it. I think Dennis [Haysbert] and I see ourselves as the Ma and Pa of the show. Yet when you come to an event like this it's as though you never left show.
What was it like when
you were offered a role on '24'?
What was your first
Boothe: You know what, I was really, really lucky. I never had to do that -- not early on. I did a play on Broadway, then I came out here working and since then I've never really had to audition. I did a ton of them in New York though. I was terrible. I had friends who were great auditioners and I was not one of them.
Sands: It was terrible. It was for a theater job that I didn't get because I was so nervous and mumbly and inarticulate. The first movie I auditioned for was 'Greystoke.' But I didn't get it! As Tarzan I did a lot of monkey work, climbing, swinging around in the gym. I got really buff, but when it came time to do the talking scenes, I was spent, so I didn't get that job.