Kiefer Sutherland praises Charlie Sheen
Kiefer Sutherland says Charlie Sheen is "one of those cats who always seems to land on his feet," weeks after his former movie co-star was fired from the hit CBS series "Two and a Half Men" following a rehab stint and a slew of on-air rants against its show runners.
Sutherland, 44, made his comments on the ABC daytime talk show "The View" on Monday, March 21. He and Sheen, 45, starred in the films "Young Guns" and "The Three Musketeers in the 1980s and 1990s.
Sheen, formerly the highest-paid actor on television, was axed from "Two and a Half Men" on March 7 following treatment for alcohol and drug addiction and on-air rants against the program's show runners." Charlie Sheen has since filed a $100 million lawsuit, saying he was wrongfully terminated.
"I know Charlie as a really funny, talented, loyal, fiercely loyal guy and clearly, people are concerned about him and worried about him," Sutherland said. "He's one of those cats who always seems to land on his feet. I wish him the best. I care a lot about him."
Sutherland has had his own problems with alcohol. In 2007, he was arrested for drunk driving. He served 48 days in jail. A year earlier, the actor was famously caught on video attacking a Christmas tree in a London hotel while intoxicated. Sutherland had apologized for the incident and said it was meant to be a joke.
Sutherland, known for his role in the hit FOX action series "24," appeared on "The View" to promote his new Broadway play "That Championship Season," a revival of a 1972 production. The play opened earlier this month and stars his "Lost Boys" co-star Jason Patric as well as comedian Jim Gaffigan and "Sex and the City" actor Chris Noth.
"24" ended last year after eight seasons. A movie based on the show is currently being developed and Sutherland said it is set for release in the summer of 2012.
Meanwhile, he has filmed an online series, "The Confession," which is set to air on Hulu.com on March 28.
Meanwhile, Charlie Sheen is getting ready to go on tour, performing a series of what organizers call unscripted live shows. Several of the "Charlie Sheen LIVE: My Violent Torpedo of Truth" shows are already sold out.