In an interview with BBC Radio, actor Donald Sutherland ( Dirty Sexy Money) talked about his son Kiefer's recent prison stay. "Jail was tough for him. He had 48 days inside, 23 hours a day in solitary. It was very, very cold," he told BBC's Newsbeat. "There were no windows. He had no community. I also made a deposit at the prison so he could call out. We were given 14 minutes for every call," the proud papa said of the 24 star's incarceration.
Kiefer Sutherland was arrested on Sept. 25 for DUI and pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor drunk-driving charge. This was his fourth DUI arrest. He was sentenced to 30 days for the DUI charge and 18 days for violating his probation stemming from an earlier DUI charge.
The elder Sutherland believes his son has learned his lesson, and remains optimistic about his hit TV series: "[Now] that he's out, he said that the next two seasons of 24 will be the best two years of television in the United States." Fox will air a two-hour TV-movie that bridges the events of Seasons 6 and 7, the latter of which takes place in Washington, D.C., and is scheduled to air beginning in January 2009.
What do you think? Has prison changed Kiefer? And will it change Jack Bauer? How would you like to see the TV-movie and new season of 24 play out? - Mickey O'Connor
Donald Sutherland: "Jail Was Tough" for Kiefer