Kiefer Sutherland on Playing the President in 'Designated Survivor'

The actor plays a cabinet member who becomes president of the United States after an explosion at the Capitol.
3:07 | 09/21/16

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How during the student union just in case disaster strikes. And they show the capital is a story Creighton is to present. But big decisions to make let's take a look. What do you wanted to do general declare war. Why not forty minutes ago they showed me the nuclear football. I guess I had long enough to try it out. You said you're so excited about this project and so we'll written in black saw. This pilot it isn't powerful powerful show. In the most unlikely scenario. Well it's it's what I've having done ten years in television before. On a show called one of four which was one of the great experiences in my lifetime. I certainly don't. OK. Can you know. I saw. How easy it was to paint yourself in a corner with regards to story. And David Guggenheim who wrote this designated survivor. Tells three beautiful story lines at the same time one as a family drama. Wish what happens to a friendly if overnight a move into the White House and her restraints of that for their children etc. The political aspect of how do stabilize the country after a terrible attack like that not only domestically but at least for sexually on an international level. And then ultimately the thrilling aspect of of the show which is the investigation into the attack and what is the appropriate response. There's so many. Things to talk about whether it's. Whether it's domestic policy and all of the things that need to be talked about within this country. Again the family economic center of so. It's something that I hope we get him awkwardly and beautiful and you get all the big things writing at the little things right is what we saw account then write that he could bring some White House experienced well he's that he look he's amazing he's told me. About his story kelp and obviously very successful actor. Got involved with president Obama's campaign. The two of them became friendly and cal is an incredibly Smart guy. And was asked to leave acting for two years to work at the White House and became a speechwriter. And a confidant of president Obama's and so. Literally everything from one I would walk through the two offices before I get to the Oval Office. He was there were those people wouldn't be allowed to be there so we move them out and so he's. He keeps us honest meanwhile here in the weight is coming kind of becoming a family affair you're filming your daughter Sarah and stars indeed they want all that he's again get this to get slot notes. I'm White House like we know we don't think it's. First of all they're two very very different shows and I had a really interesting experience growing up. My parents my mother's an actress my father's an actor. Never talked to me really about work when I started working they let me find my way. And my daughter has earned that as well and so when we get to spend time together we talk about him. Action really everybody's gonna love this show I don't need survivor thanks for coming on commission and 10:9 central right.

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