Kiefer Sutherland dishes on jail stint

Kiefer SutherlandKiefer Sutherland, the star of the hit series 24, has opened up to Men’s Vogue about his time in jail last year for a DUI. Although prison officials called him a “model prisoner,” Sutherland says the conditions were awful. “There’s no smoking,” Sutherland says. “The lights never go out, 24/7. You can’t cover anything. You can’t even put your head under a blanket. All the cells have cameras in them.” He was also surprised to find out he had to share a cell. “I was told, you know, ‘You’ll have your own cell.’ But I didn’t for the first two or three weeks; I had a cell mate,” he says. He added that before his stint was up, the cell mate had returned. Sutherland has gone back to smoking since being released, but thinks he could kick the habit, saying: “My drinking was not a daily thing, so it wasn’t an issue,” he says. “And, oddly enough, neither was the smoking. I was very glad to know that I could quit. And one day soon I will.” Sutherland stars as Jack Bauer in the TV movie 24: Redemption on November 23rd. The show’s new season kicks off on January 11th.

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  1. My own opinion • November 20, 2008 @ 9:47 AM

    Am I correct in remembering that this isn’t Kiefer’s first time in trouble for drinking and driving? So that would mean that if drinking wasn’t “a daily thing” and not “an issue” that he has purposely made a decision to drink, get drunk, and drive. And if he had quit smoking, and says one day he will quit again, why did he start smoking again? This seems to be a pattern of either narcissistic behaviour or a complete denial of an addiction problem.

    I don’t particularly care that he couldn’t smoke in jail, or had to share his cell (how awful!), and since he hasn’t seemed to correlate his behaviour to his sentence and experience in jail, he just doesn’t seem to get it. As I have said before here (regarding the O’Neals) these people have the financial resources (and in Kiefer’s case, the family support) to figure out what is wrong and do something about it. If they don’t, they don’t deserve our sympathy (as harsh and uncaring as that may sound), nor our interest in their self indulgent lifestyle. It certainly doesn’t make me proud to say that he is Canadian.

  2. Nancy • November 20, 2008 @ 9:56 AM

    He can drink all he wants in my opinion…just pay for a cab at the end of the night instead of putting innocent people in danger!

    It was quite funny though, when he got pissed to the gills and jumped into a Christmas tree!! 😛

  3. Monica • November 21, 2008 @ 3:10 PM

    I agree it’s wrong to drink and drive but I don’t think it’s right to openly “bash” people on the internet underneath newsclips like this. For what purpose? Regardless if we’re discussing Keifer’s mistakes or the reader’s mistakes, I have to say, what does the public have to gain by reading extra gossip on top of gossip? I say, who cares, that’s Keifer’s horror in his closet, not ours sooo..leave it there…plug in the kettle, have another cuppa tea & goodnight.

  4. mandee • November 22, 2008 @ 1:43 AM

    if you dont like other peoples opinions or *bashings* underneath the articles, then dont read them. also, if you really didnt care about what is in keifers closet, im certain you wouldnt have read the article, and you most certainly wouldnt have read the other comments posted here. so if youre done being a hypocrite, we can get back to the article 🙂 i think hes an idiot and should completely lose his license before he KILLS someone while DUI-ing. i dont care if hes a celeb, come on, these rules should used for everyone its only common sense. why wait til someones mother, brother, sister, dad, cousin, uncle, etc. dies just because someone didnt feel like calling a cab or crashing wherever they are drinking.

  5. tributegirl • November 24, 2008 @ 9:02 AM

    Right on mandee, DUI isn’t just HIS horror in the closet, it’s everybody’s horror.

  6. Jo-Anne. • November 24, 2008 @ 12:58 PM

    I really like Keifer and love 24. He made a very stupid decision to drive, paid the price and now it’s over. You can “what if” this or any criminal offence to death, it’s pointless. These are the facts, plain and simple, he paid the price.

    on an aside, who cares if he’s still smoking after he said he’d quit? Petty.

  7. tributegirl • November 24, 2008 @ 3:32 PM

    Yeah, he paid the price, that’s true, he did his time, but so many of them do it over and over again, until some innocent person pays the ultimate price.

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