The actor recalls the cameras in the cells, the constant light and the ban on smoking – everywhere

By Mike Fleeman
November 17, 2008 05:00 PM
Norman Jean Roy

Months after Kiefer Sutherland completed his seven-week jail sentence for DUI, the 24 star still shivers at the thought of what he endured.

“There’s no smoking,” Sutherland, 41, tells Men’s Vogue in its December/January issue, which hits newsstands Nov. 25. “The lights never go out, 24/7. You can’t cover anything. You can’t even put your head under a blanket. All the cells have cameras in them.”

Although Sutherland has resumed smoking, the knowledge that he could go 48 days without his Camels is a comforting thought.

“My drinking was not a daily thing, so it wasn’t an issue. And, oddly enough, neither was the smoking,” he tells the magazine, adding, “I was very glad to know that I could quit. And one day soon I will.”

One thing that didn’t work out, he says, was the roommate situation.

“I was told, you know, ‘You’ll have your own cell.’ But I didn’t for the first two or three weeks; I had a cell mate,” he says. “He got out – but not for long. He came back in pretty quick.”

24‘s new season begins Nov. 23.

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