24 — casting, bathroom breaks, babies and more
ComicCon has been a veritable treasure trove of information about our favorite shows, not least of all 24.
How I wish I were there….
But perhaps the most important issue that’s been resolved is the fact that Jack Bauer does, indeed, go to the bathroom.
On Digital Spy, I read this article in which Kiefer Sutherland explained why we never get to see Jack take a pee break:
In all fairness, we shot a scene where he was going to raid an office, and he ran into a washroom and came out nine seconds later much relieved.
Now, uber-fans would have loved that scene. But, at the same time, they would have been really ticked off. The scene was cut.
So whenever they cut to the White House, Jack is taking a pee. And heâ€™s also getting something to drink and eat.
Makes perfect sense. I mean, he’s not on screen ALL the time. Just most of it. There’s enough for bathroom breaks and a quick snack from the vending machine. Haven’t you had one of those days? When you consider that these seven seasons have taken place over a period of 16 years in 24-time, it’s not that unreasonable.
OK, so that brings us to this report on IGN.
This is what Jack’s facing when we first see him in 24: Exile, the prequel telemovie airing this fall.
At the end of Season 6, he was so disillusioned that there was something wonderful about shifting to Africa â€“ that he had actually found a kind of peace and a calm there with his friend and the dynamic between Bobby Carlyle, who’s an old friend of his, that he’d been working with in Special Forces some 15 years ago. Bobby Carlyle’s character has started a school that is trying to give a safe haven and rehabilitate the children of African wars.
It’s the first time that you saw this character kind of in a place where he felt like he was giving back for a lot of the things where I guess he felt like he’d been a part of the problem. This was an opportunity for him to kind of [atone]. So it’s on an emotional level, not only physical, it was a really nice way to start for that character.
The prequel came about, of course, because no one wanted to wait until January for more 24. And considering the abandoned Africa plotline, what the heck.
So then there was an interview with Robert Carlyle and Gil Bellows on The Deadbolt. Here’s a tidbit, from Carlyle:
I mean, we can suffice it to say that these guys trained together maybe fifteen years ago, or whatever, and theyâ€™re good friends, best friends in fact. So when you pick up the story in San Gallo, you see Jack in a place where youâ€™ve never seen him before. Heâ€™s almost at peace with himself. I mean heâ€™s troubled; thereâ€™s no doubt about that. Heâ€™s got things on his mind, but heâ€™s found somewhere which is peaceful to be. But of course that never lasts in 24.
Movieweb.com had this article about Comic-Con, including the fact that Carlos Bernard got a standing O when he came out as Carlos Bernard and, when asked if he’d have his “signature soul patch,” he replied, “That’s none of your damn business.”
Considering he only had the soul patch for Season 1, I’m thinking no.
Kiefer said the writer’s “did an amazing job” of making Tony’s return not ridiculous.
Then, the “dammit” question. Of course, Jack says dammit because that’s the limits of network telly.
I am limited in speech where I can exhibit true frustration, whether that was not being able to control my 16-year-old daughter, or if a nuclear bomb was about to go off. I started to realize this one word could handle all of it and the only reason why I have pulled back on the word is it was rumored that a drinking game had surfaced. [Some college students do shots whenever Jack says “dammit.” I suspect they get drunk a lot.]
TVGuide.com had the news that Rory Cochrane, formerly of CSI: Miami, has joined Season 7 (otherwise known as Day 7) as “Greg Seaton” who’s with Jon Voight’s big bad.
And, finally, not from Comic-Con, but Mary Lynn “Chloe” Rajskub has given birth to her baby boy.
Photo courtesy of Fox.