Freddie Prinze Jr rips into Kiefer Sutherland
Freddie Prinze Jr. nearly quit acting after working with "unprofessional" Kiefer Sutherland on 24.
The 38-year-old actor starred alongside Sutherland, famous for his role as Jack Bauer in the hit TV show, back in 2010.
But after appearing in the eighth series as Counter Terrorism Unit Director Cole Ortiz, Prinze Jr. was left stunned by Sutherland's attitude on set.
"I did 24, it was terrible. I hated every moment of it," Prinze Jr. said. "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."
Speaking while promoting his new series Star Wars Rebels at the Comic-Con event this weekend, Freddie also revealed the experience had been so traumatic that it nearly caused him to seek a new career entirely.
"I just wanted to quit the business after that," he said. "So, I just sort of stopped."
However, it didn't take Prinze Jr. long to get back in the saddle and he has since starred in programmes such as Psych and Witches of East End.
Prinze Jr., who is married to former Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, also admitted that Sutherland's diminutive stature caused issues during their scenes together.
"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!" Freddie said. "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 Kiefer's 5 foot 4."
A representative for Sutherland now hit back at his former co-star's claims.
"Kiefer worked with Freddie Prinze Jr. more than five years ago, and this is the first he has heard of Freddie's grievances," the representative said.
"Kiefer enjoyed working with Freddie and wishes him the best."
The statement comes after TMZ.com cited new allegations that Prinze Jr. believed Sutherland's alleged reliance on alcohol was to blame for his attitude on set.
A source reportedly close to Prinze Jr. told the website that Sutherland "would regularly show up on set drunk, sitting in his trailer often for hours, as everyone waited. It messed with the lives of the family of cast and crew."
TMZ.com also claim that Prince Jr., who starred as Counter Terrorism Unit director Cole Ortiz in the series, had been set to take over from Sutherland, as the lead in 24, but he pulled out after working with the actor.
However, a source at Fox, who broadcasted all nine series of the show including the most recent 24: Live Another Day, insisted that Prinze Jr's claims are entirely untrue.
"Kiefer was nothing but professional during the run of the show and is beloved by cast and crew," the Fox source said. "It's so out of left field, five years later. We wouldn't have done another 24 if Kiefer were anything like Freddie described."