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Jack Bauer will always be having a bad day

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By Chris Betros

Some actors become more identified with their characters than their real names when they go abroad. Kiefer Sutherland, who stars as federal counterterrorism agent Jack Bauer in the hit Fox television series “24,” has gained such an enormous following in Japan that whenever he visits, the media simply refer to him as Jack.

Sutherland, 43, who was in Japan recently to promote the upcoming DVD release of the 8th and final season, said: “I think that one of the reasons that we were able to keep the series going for eight seasons was because of fan support in Japan and Asia. It’s been unbelievable.” He also said that because “24” premiered a few months after the terrorist attacks of Sept 11, 2001, many people around the world could identify with the threat of terror, no matter what their culture or language.

Fans in Japan are going to be treated to an overdose of “24.” Fox is going to air seasons 1 to 7 consecutively for one whole week beginning Jan 1. This will earn it a place in the Guinness World Records for the longest running on-air time for a television program. In addition, Fox will run a campaign in which viewers can win 100,000 yen every hour (16.8 million yen in total).

“It’s interesting that DVDs do just as well as the TV episodes,” Sutherland said. “There are fans all over the world who buy the entire series on DVD and watch the whole lot in two days. They like to have it all available.”

The final season sees Jack seeking revenge against corrupt Russian and U.S. government figures for the murder of his girlfriend. He also attempts to expose an upcoming global peace treaty as a sham. Meanwhile, he is being pursued by his own side who see him as a rogue agent.

Sutherland said the final day of filming was very emotional. “I had six months to prepare for it. We had the same crew for Season 1 as we had all the way through Season 8, and I think over the course of making 24 there were 16 marriages, 30 children were born, and we were all a part of that. Honestly, we spent more time with each other than we did with our own families. At the end of the day, I knew it would be up to me to say something, but my bottom lip started to quiver. It was much more difficult that I imagined to say goodbye to everyone.”

Of course, Season 8 isn’t the end of Jack Bauer. The finale nicely sets up the long-awaited movie version. Sutherland said he is excited about the film and promised fans plenty of thrills. “It will be two hours and not in real time, as the TV series was,” he explained. “That will free up the writers to try something new. The film’s look will be a little different from the show, but the basics won’t change. It’s going to be a bad day and Jack Bauer will find himself in the middle of it, as usual.”

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Excellent! I now know how I will be spending my New Year's Day! No lame shrine/temple visit for me - 24 hours of action and money!

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I'm surprised Fox isn't just replaying the first season like they did over and over and over and over again when I had cable.

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"He also said that because “24” premiered a few months after the terrorist attacks of Sept 11, 2001, many people around the world could identify with the threat of terror, no matter what their culture or language." Yeah, because the show is a tool for propaganda. The real terrorists are in the Pentagon. Your views on torture will change after watching 24.

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I stopped watching it at series 4 when it became obvious that it was being used as a tool to allow the USA to use torture - indeed, it was a favourite program for soldiers in Iraq where widespread torture of Iraqis became the norm. Shame really as the first few series were great. And even weirder; Keifer S is a Democrat.

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Yeah, because the show is a tool for propaganda. The real terrorists are in the Pentagon. Your views on torture will change after watching 24.

I stopped watching it at series 4 when it became obvious that it was being used as a tool to allow the USA to use torture - indeed, it was a favourite program for soldiers in Iraq where widespread torture of Iraqis became the norm.

Yeah I was so anti torture until watching 24 when I realized that it's just what we need to do. Now I support the US Presidents Bush and Obama on the use of torture for terrorists. Excellent propaganda tool like Simon and jon said.

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The only tools i see are the conspiracy theory posters trying to make an entertaining action series into something more than it actually is. 24 has no government or pentagon connections. Hollywood writers are left winged, pizza consuming, ivy league, underpaid man boys...and lucky as hell.

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a goodlookin gaijin in Ray Ban aviators looks like Jack B. in Japan.... even with dark hair. Great show.

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“There are fans all over the world who buy the entire series on DVD and watch the whole lot in two days."

Ummm... yeah, if I had 3 t.v.s running at the same time and did not sleep the entire time.

NO ONE watches the entire series in 2 days. Watching ONE SEASON in 2 days is a full time job! Minus the ads, it's 18 hours per season.

Still... gotta love Jack! =)

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I still think of him as Tad Alagash from "Bright Lights, Big City".

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I stopped watching the show because of cloe and some other horrible actors! thanks to 24 we have our first black president. Now if only they put a woman as president.

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Now if only they put a woman as president.

They did - try watching the last 2 seasons.

The last season was pretty good I thought - 4, 5 & 6 were pretty bad though. 2 is my favourite, closely followed by 1, then 3.

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Jack will be missed!

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Of course, Season 8 isn’t the end of Jack Bauer.

Now I'm watching Season 8 and still have 2 epithodes to watch. Unfortunately I know how it ends before I watch last 2 epithodes. I expected Jack would be dead because this is the final season.

I like 24 very much because Japanese people can learn a lot about patriotism.

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