It turns out things weren’t exactly rosy on set when Freddie Prinze Jr and Kiefer Sutherland starred together on the eighth series of 24.
Speaking to ABC News at Comic-Con, the Scooby Doo actor, 38, held nothing back as he recounted his experiences on the set of the Fox drama. “I did 24, it was terrible. I hated every moment of it,” he said. “Kiefer was the most unprofessional dude in the world. That’s not me talking trash, I’d say it to his face, I think everyone that’s worked with him has said that. I just wanted to quit the business after that. So, I just sort of stopped.”
Prinze Jr – who was promoting his new Disney XD series Star Wars Rebels at the San Diego fan event – has limited his on-screen work in recent years, instead serving as a producer and director for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
“I went and worked for Vince McMahon at the WWE for Christ’s sake and it was a crazier job than working with Kiefer,” he continued. “But, at least he was cool and tall. I didn’t have to take my shoes off to do scenes with him, which they made me do. Just put the guy on an apple box or don’t hire me next time. You know I’m 6 feet and he’s 5’4″.”
Prinze Jr’s comments may come as a surprise half a decade on from his appearance as Cole Artiz, director of field operations for CTU New York. But while it appears he’s still smarting from his experiences, Sutherland – who was also at Comic-Con – gives nothing away with his response:
“Kiefer worked with Freddie Prinze Jr more than five years ago, and this is the first he has heard of Freddie’s grievances,” his rep told ABC News. “Kiefer enjoyed working with Freddie and wishes him all the best.”
Fox have also issued a statement in answer to Prinze Jr’s comments, insisting that Kiefer was “nothing but professional during the run of the show and is beloved by cast and crew. It’s so out of left field, five years later. We wouldn’t have done another 24 if Kiefer were anything like Freddie described.”