Jack Bauer

Jack Bauer

Kiefer Sutherland thinks '24' could continue without him.

The 42-year-old actor, who plays the lead role of tough government agent Jack Bauer in the US TV show, is adamant his part is not integral to the programme's success.

The real star of '24' has always been the concept of doing this show in real time. You involve a running clock and inherently it makes the viewer sit forward and feel on edge. That changed TV forever, I think.

Asked if the show could go on if Jack died, Kiefer replied: "Absolutely, I'm afraid, I think it could. I'm not the real star of the show, not at all.

"All of us, from the actors to the writers on '24', have always understood from day one that we are not, and never will be, the heartbeat of the show.

"You only have to look at the casualty list of major characters that have died over the years to know you can be killed off, and the show will only get better without you.

"The real star of '24' has always been the concept of doing this show in real time. You involve a running clock and inherently it makes the viewer sit forward and feel on edge. That changed TV forever, I think."

'24' is famed for killing off major characters, with several key personalities dying in the first episode of the fifth season.

The show centres around Jack and his efforts to save America from various terrorist organisations hellbent on decimating the country.

Despite his claims Jack is unimportant in the show, Kiefer admits he would be devastated if the role came to an end.

Asked who he'd like to replace Jack if he died, he told said: "Nobody. F**k. I'll switch into Jack Bauer mode and do whatever I have to do to kill that b*****d. It's my job man, and people should know when I go, I'll be going kicking and screaming. Let's say, even if Jack were to die, there are a lot of great actors that could do it, and be successful at it, but that doesn't mean I'd be happy about it."


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