Kiefer Sutherland is saving the day again, but this time more philosophically than action-ly. "Touch" is about the subtle connections working in all of our lives. Sutherland plays the father of a boy who sees patterns and numbers, so it’s up to dad to make the connections that the universe, or whatever force is at work, has ordained. After the Television Critics Association panel on "Touch," I went up to Sutherland for an update on the "24" movie and some more about the new show.
Crave Online: Is it good that "Touch" is in the Fox family so they can work out the schedule with the "24" movie?
Kiefer Sutherland: Well, I’m glad to be making it. I hadn’t thought of it like that but certainly that’ll be more convenient.
Crave Online: Do you see the movie as the conclusion of Jack Bauer’s story?
Kiefer Sutherland: I see it as a continuation. I think the script that we’ve got right now which I’m very, very excited about is relatively a direct continuation. We’re talking within six months from the end of that episode and we’ll see where it goes from there.
Crave Online: Was it funny to you that the first scene of Touch gets you talking on a cell phone again?
Kiefer Sutherland: No, because you’re talking about a cell phone as if it’s some odd kind of thing. I would expect that everybody in this room has been on a cell phone three or four times already.
Crave Online: The "Touch" pilot is full of so many possibilities. Where does episode two go?
Kiefer Sutherland: Well, you’ll have to see it but literally my character’s fight is really with child services who is trying to take his son away from him. In an effort to communicate with his son, he starts to isolate numbers and my character starts to figure out very quickly what he’s trying to explain. For instance if the number 222 comes up (which is in an episode that we’re working on right now), I will walk out of the building that I’m in, I will go to the grocery store, I will be getting my groceries, I will see a taxi cab and I will just be aware of that number because he’s given it to me. I will see that taxi cab’s number is 222, the one I’m trying to get into. Then I realize I’m supposed to be in that taxi cab and then I have to wait to see what happens. What’s ironic or funny is moments where I’m waiting for something to happen. I know [that] something is going to happen, but I might be looking at the wrong person.
Crave Online: Are you noticing more connections in real life?
Kiefer Sutherland: I think I’ve been relatively astute about all that in all fairness, which is one of the reasons I think the show affected me the way it did. But I do like now, I’m more aware of instead of saying, “Ooh, that was lucky,” maybe thinking about it a little more and realizing maybe it wasn’t that lucky. Almost every great thing that’s ever happened to me in my life, I will find out 10 years later that someone had made a phone call to someone and had been really great on my behalf. I’d rather not wait 10 years to find out that so I think about it in a different way.