The world was in good hands for years as Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) spent long days fighting evil on “24.” Bauer was the ultimate defender because he could be shot, beaten, put in a cage or electrocuted and bounce back without even a bathroom break.
Sutherland’s days of playing Bauer are over (for now) but he’s back taking care of the world in the new ABC drama “Designated Survivor.” The series is based on the real situation where one member of the President’s cabinet is not allowed to attend the State of the Union address in case a disaster strikes.
That disaster happens at the start of the show and Sutherland’s character, Tom Kirkman, is a low-level cabinet member who is suddenly thrust into the role of being the President of the United States.
He’s not a nearly indestructible agent as Kirkman but a little of Bauer’s blood still pumps through Sutherland’s veins.
“I have to be honest. It’s interesting. I remember when I think was one of the first scenes, second or third scene, that we shot LaMonica’s (Garrett) is the man who plays Mike, my Secret Service guy, and he’s huge,” Sutherland says. “I remember him running into where we were watching the presidential address and him taking my cell phone and kind of bossing me around and pushing me around, and I couldn’t help but remember how much I enjoyed doing that when I was doing “24.”
Many of Bauer’s missions him working with the President. This is all fiction so there could be a day when Bauer would be called on to save the day. Sutherland says Kirkman’s reaction to meeting Bauer would be “good looking guy.”
He adds that Bauer would suggest Kirkman lose his glasses but they would agree on a lot of topics.
“Well, I think Jack Bauer as a character had incredible conviction and had a real moral compass for that circumstance as well, so I would have to believe that he would trust him,” Sutherland says.
As for what kind of President he wants Kirkman to be, Sutherland is looking at Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He believes FDR was a very commonsense president and who approached things in a very human way. But FDR was also politically savvy.