‘Mirrors’ will make audience jump off seats: Kiefer Sutherland (Interview)

November 17th, 2008 - 11:04 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) British-born Canadian actor Kiefer Sutherland says “Mirrors”, which opens in India Nov 21, is one of the best horror movies and is sure to make audiences “jump off their seats”.” ‘Mirrors’ has a classic horror movie appeal that holds its own among the very finest of the scary genre. Alex (director Alexandre Aja) has done something that I haven’t seen in a long time by making a genuinely scary film with strong characters that you care about,” Sutherland told IANS in an e-mail interview.

The film releases in India almost three months after its release in the US and other countries.

” ‘Mirrors’ reminded me of ‘The Omen’ and ‘The Exorcist’, the original ‘Amityville Horror’ and all the great films of that genre. It is genuinely, inventively scary,” he said.

The actor says he had a hard time watching the film.

“I was doing some looping (watching the edited scenes during the shoot) for it and I’d turn to Alex and say ‘do you want me to hit the line like this?’ and something would happen on the screen and it would make me jump off my seat,” he explained.

“Mirrors” also stars Paula Patton, Amy Smart, Frank Mayers and Matt Neufeld.

The film, about an ex-cop, Ben Carson (Sutherland), and his family that become the target of an evil force that uses mirrors as a gateway into their home, did extremely well in the US and other countries despite poor reviews.

Sutherland confessed that he was scared to look at himself in a mirror after the movie was over and has done away with all mirrors in his house.

He also claimed that the audiences would associate with the film because of the use of “an object like the mirror, which is a part of everyday life and it turns into something incredibly sinister”.

“The film is rooted in a potential reality. There are mirrors everywhere and you are sitting there (in the theatre) saying ‘I’ve got a home like that…’ It’s also about a real family that you get to know, associate and care about, a family in peril facing their toughest challenge,” he said.

Not many know that ironically the actor has a phobia of horror movies.

“I love horror, thriller genre, but I have a really hard time watching such movies. So you can’t imagine what I’m like with a really scary film like this. In fact, my daughter was the first person to ask me an obvious question: she said ‘you can’t really watch these movies, why on earth would you go and make one?’” he revealed.

Sutherland began his career at the age of 17 with Herbert Ross’ comedy-drama “Max Dugan Returns” in 1983 and has since then appeared in over 70 films.

Some of his most notable works being “The Lost Boys”, “A Few Good Men”, “Flatliners”, “The Vanishing”, “The Three Musketeers”, “Dark City”, “To End All Wars”, “Truth or Consequences, N.M.” (also directed), “Taking Lives”, “Phone Booth” and “The Sentinel”.

He is widely known for his lead role as Jack Bauer on the television series “24″ since 2001 that fetched him an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) award for his performance.

Sutherland’s future projects include voiceovers for a computer-animated 3-D feature film, “Monsters vs. Aliens”, and for the fifth installment of the first-person shooter video game “Call of Duty” series - “Call of Duty: World at War”.

He will also be seen in the seventh season of “24″ that goes on air January next year.

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