Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Years after being co-star on the hit series “24,” Freddie Prinze, Jr. has revealed that he almost quit acting because of Kiefer Sutherland, dubbing him the “most unprofessional dude in the world.”
In an interview with ABC News on Monday, Prinze said, “I did ’24,’ it was terrible. I hated every moment of it. 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.”
He added, “I just wanted to quit the business after that. So, I just sort of stopped.”
True enough, the “She’s All That” star lied low on movies since 2010, and went on to work with WWE’s Vince McMahon, admitting that it was a “crazier job” than being co-stars with Sutherland, who played protagonist Jack Bauer.
“But, at least he was cool and tall,” he said. “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 [Sutherland is] 5’4.”
Meanwhile, Sutherland’s representative commented otherwise. The rep TMZ, “Kiefer worked with Freddie Prinze, Jr. more than 5 years ago, and this is the first he has heard of Freddie’s grievances. Kiefer enjoyed working with Freddie and wishes him the best.”
A Fox official also spoke out on Sutherland’s side, saying the 47-year-old actor was “nothing but professional,” and that the show would not have lasted long and encouraged a movie and new season if he were “anything like Freddie described.”
Political thriller “24″ aired on Fox from November 2001 until May 2010. It was followed by the film “2: Redemption” in 2008, and the limited television series “24: Live Another Day” that premiered on May 5, 2014 and ended last July 14.