Alhough Freddie Prinze Jr. progressed from teen hits like She’s All That and I Know What You Did Last Summer in the 1990s to a role in the TV thriller 24 in 2010, apparently he couldn’t leave the high school-style drama behind.
According to Prinze, working with Kiefer Sutherland on the popular show nearly led him to quit acting altogether.
“I did 24, it was terrible. I hated every moment of it,” Prinze, 38, told ABC News while at Comic-Con promoting his new Disney XD series Star Wars Rebels. “I just wanted to quit the business after that. So, I just sort of stopped.”
“Kiefer was the most unprofessional dude in the world,” Prinze continued. “That’s not me talking trash, I’d say it to his face. I think everyone that’s worked with him has said that.”
Prinze’s scorched-earth comments continued: “I went and worked for Vince McMahon at the WWE, for Christ’s sake but, at least he was cool and tall. I didn’t have to take my shoes off to do scenes with him, which they made me do [at 24]. Just put the guy on an apple box or don’t hire me next time. You know I’m 6 feet and he’s 5’4″.” (Published reports have indicated that Sutherland is actually 5’9″.)
Sutherland’s rep tells PEOPLE the actor had no knowledge of Prinze’s ire.
“Kiefer worked with Freddie Prinze Jr. more than five years ago, and this is the first he has heard of Freddie’s grievances. Kiefer enjoyed working with Freddie and wishes him the best.”
• Reporting by JULIE JORDAN