Freddie Prinze Jr. Quit Acting Due To Kiefer Sutherland’s ‘Unprofessionalism’ On ’24’
Freddie Prinze Jr. rose to fame at the back end of the 1990s, and was given a lot of love for his roles in films like She’s All That and I Know What You Did Last Summer.
The now 38-year-old appeared in various movies and TV roles until 2010 when he went to work alongside Kiefer Sutherland in the show 24. But Prinze revealed to ABC News that he hated his time working with Sutherland on 24 — and ultimately left acting as a result:
“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. I just wanted to quit the business after that. So, I just sort of stopped.”
After that, Freddie Prinze Jr. faded away from the public eye and found himself working less and less in the movie and TV industries.
While promoting his new Disney XD series Star Wars Rebels at Comic-Con in San Diego, he revealed to reporters that working with Vince McMahon at the WWE was even worse than working with Kiefer Sutherland:
“I went and worked for Vince McMahon at the WWE for Christ’s sake and it was a crazier job than working with Kiefer. But, at least he was cool and tall. 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 he’s 5’4.”
It’s lucky though that Sutherland and Prinze didn’t lock horns at Comic-Con, where the former was promoting his all-new 24: Live Another Day. Then again, Sutherland said back in 2009 that he only had fond memories of working with Freddie Prinze Jr.
In an interview with Parade in 2009, Sutherland, in fact, had nothing but positive things to say about working with Prinze: “We have some great actors joining us (…) Freddie Prinze Jr. is playing my partner.”
Shame the feeling wasn’t mutual, and allegedly led to Prinze leaving his acting career.