Kiefer Sutherland Goes From TV To…


The internet!!!!

After 24 ended, Kiefer Sutherland has not been back on the small screen – and now the screen is even smaller!

The actor will appear in The Confession, 10 five-to-seven-minute webisodes that will appear on Hulu in March. Sutherland will play a hitman who has a theological discussion with a priest (John Hurt) about why his victims deserved to die.

Kiefer said:

“It came about in such a different way. I was meeting a couple friends of mine, who wanted to introduce me to Chris Young (of Digital Broadcasting Group). I know so little about the internet, but that’s what a lot of friends do for work. Most of that stuff being produced for the internet is comedy, very much like Jackass kind of material, which is great but didn’t appeal to me.

Chris started talking about wanting to do a drama, but his criteria was so different. A drama in five-minute episodes! It was one of those things, like a puzzle over the course of the lunch. It can├óΓé¼Γäót be that complicated to figure out a story in five minutes, right? I couldn├óΓé¼Γäót, and it frustrated the crap out of me. So I went home that night, still thinking about it, and it stayed with me for three days. I was falling asleep when I literally got this idea of a confessional.”

The show was filmed over nine days in NYC in December right before rehearsals for Broadway’s That Championship Season.

“In all fairness, it looks fantastic,” said Sutherland of the web series, which he is exec producing. ”We shot it in the fifth-largest snow storm. It was pretty amazing.”

He added:

“We called on a lot of favors. A dollar is a dollar. It gets you what you get. There’s no way around that, so you’re phoning dear friends for favors. None of us were paid what we normally get paid. Everybody found their own challenge in it, and that was the reason to do it. All of us believe very strongly that the internet is the future, the largest network in world, with the ability to reach a big audience.

We have a couple ideas we are working on that we are very excited about. 24 was a lot of work, it certainly had its ups and downs. But for so many reasons, it was one of the great experiences of my life. I miss the daily grind of it, which I was surprised about because that’s the one thing you complain about all the time. Be careful what you ask for!”

Chris Young, CEO of Digital Broadcasting Group, stated:

“The Confession sets a precedent for what is possible in original webisodic content. Never before has something of this magnitude and motion picture quality come to the third screen. I’m thrilled to be working with such A-list talent and top-tier sponsors to finally capture and crystallize the seismic shift in how content of this caliber is released, distributed and enjoyed by an audience that will rival that of a hit television series.”

Amazing! Can’t wait to see it.

[Image via WENN.]

Jan 13, 2011 4:00am PDT

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