Kiefer Sutherland opens up about why Dark City villain Dr. Daniel Schreber is his favorite movie role and how hard he worked to land it.
While sitting down with GQ to break down some of his most iconic characters, Kiefer Sutherland looked back on his time with Dark City. The two-time Emmy winner revealed the sci-fi thriller is his favorite movie role and recalled how hard he worked to land the villain role. See what Sutherland shared below:
“Dark City, which was directed by Alex Proyas, was one of my most favorite experiences that I’ve ever had, as a person and as an actor. Alex Proyas is a real visionary, he wrote the cartoon version of Dark City when he was 15 years old. I did that movie at a time when maybe I wasn’t the hottest ticket on the street. My career was in a questionable state, at best. I met with him in a hotel and I remember acting out the part for him in the lobby. He just wanted to have a drink with me, but I wasn’t going to let it go, I was walking out of there with that job, because I really, really wanted it.
All I wanted to do in creating the voice was a stutter of someone who is so scared ’t-t-t-that couldn’t get everything out because they were scared because they were terribly beaten and terribly abused and yet somehow still have a spark and a wit. Trying to convey that in a hotel bar is maybe not the easiest thing to do, or maybe the brightest call, but I think what he got from it was that I’d do anything. [Laughs] I loved that character. One of the worst hairstyles of all time and I wore that hairstyle for four months with pride for the right to do that part.”