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Friday 22 September 2017

Sutherland a fan of Corrie

Hollywood star Kiefer Sutherland has revealed himself as a fan of Coronation Street - and told how also recognises himself in The Office's David Brent.

Sutherland's career was revived as go-getting federal agent Jack Bauer in the US drama 24, which is bowing out with its final episode after eight seasons.



The actor told the Radio Times how he shed tears - as Jack - as filming of the Emmy award-winning show reached its climax.



Asked when he last cried, he said: "It was a scene in the finale... well, Jack cried.



"I made a speech to the crew at the end and although I didn't cry, I did hit a point where I couldn't speak any more - I felt the wind knocked out of me so bad and my lip went and I had to try very hard to keep it together.



"That was the most emotional moment I've had in a long time."



However, Sutherland, who was born in Britain, said he definitely had the British "stiff upper lip".



Asked about his favourite British TV shows, Sutherland said: "When I was a kid there was always Coronation Street and more recently The Office.



"I love it but find it very difficult to watch - especially when I see myself in David Brent and think, 'I've done that'.



"I also watch BBC news because the American news is so s***."



Sutherland, 43, said of getting older on 24: "All of the many injuries I've sustained on set have thankfully healed, but I'm not as fast as I was, I'm not as strong, so Jack has had to get older and slower with me."



Sutherland said it was not his decision to stop the show.



He said: "Howard Gordon, the show's head writer, didn't have an idea for season nine. You can't argue with that."



He added: "I was surprised he didn't call it a day four years ago."



Asked if he had ever been tempted to give up cigarettes and alcohol and try a healthier approach, the hellraising star said: "No, I've enjoyed that part of my life.



"There is a worldwide move towards being healthy, which means I have to hang off a balcony in order to have a cigarette, but I haven't ever tried to give up."



On whether there was anything he would do differently, Sutherland said: "Do I wish that I had mooned that guy in the karaoke bar the other night? No, I wish I hadn't done that. But I am happy with the nuts and bolts of my life."



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