Sound bite: Kiefer Sutherland
Well I think.. first off, Michael Douglass’s character and my character use to be partners. And we are not. We are estranged over something that I believe he did on a personal level. I felt betrayed by him. And I think that insecurity in the character has to come from the fact that Michael Douglas’s character was like an older brother to him. He was the one who he trained with. He was the one who taught him what he knows. That kind of separation from your mentor, if you will, is going to leave you a bit vulnerable. Its going to leave you questioning yourself. Questioning yourself and on some level, overstating what you believe out of insecurity or fear. And one thing I really loved about tracking the character was…. .. the whole film he defends the idea of the investigation which is to follow the evidence to follow the facts and do not trust your intuition or your gut instinct because those will be the things that will betray you. And that is why he has become one of the great investigators within the secret service. And yet, 3 quarters into the movie he is in a situation where he can actually shoot at the target that he is looking at. And for a very split second he questions himself, something doesn’t make sense. And he actually betrays ten years of learning and ten years of believing in something to admit that he might be wrong. I love that in a character. And I even love more a character that’s then going to try and correct that. And do something about it. And those were the things that I loved about the character. And the real reason why.. that really drew me to doing the film was the opportunity to work with Michael Douglass. I had that opportunity to an actor as a producer and we did flat liners together. But I was on page 15 running through the sentinel, and my character and Michael Douglass’s character kind of come through like that (fist to hand). And there was no way I going to pass up that opportunity.
Sound bite: Kiefer Sutherland
The gun training in all fairness, and I was grateful to Clark Johnson and Michael Douglass for actually doing the stuff with the secret service because, I kind of thought well, you know, I can strip apart any of these weapons and put them back together, I know how to handle a gun. It wasn’t how to hold a gun, it was training specifically. Every law enforcement agent in the United States is trained to pull their weapon draw it, aim at their target, and take their safety off. The secret service is trained to draw their weapon in one motion and take the safety off, and fire. When these guys draw a weapon, they do not ask you to stop, they do not tell you to freeze, they don’t tell you to lay down, they shoot you. And they are making those decisions in 4 or 5, 6 seconds weather or not someone is a threat to the protector be it the president, the first lady, etcetera. Or weather they are not. And the stress of those guys is just amazing, and it was in-between either the car training or the gun training that we would talk about these stories and you could see it in their eyes. Just the weight of this responsibility. And I felt bad for them on some level and I had an amazing respect for their dedication and commitment to what they were doing. And that formed a lot of how I shaped. .. Or informed a lot of how I shaped the character.
Description: The Sentinel Junket Kiefer Sutherland Interview
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