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THE MOVIE: The Sentinel

Michael Douglas • Kiefer Sutherland • Eva Longoria
DIRECTOR: Clark Johnson

David Breckinridge (Kiefer Sutherland) is confronted by Pete Garrison (Michael Douglas) THE CONCEPT:
US Secret Service agent Pete Garrison (Douglas) saved a president’s life over 20 years ago by blocking him from a hail of bullets, and now heads security for the First Lady. When a fellow agent is murdered, Garrison becomes the main suspect, investigated by his protégé, David Breckinridge (Sutherland) and new assistant, Jill Marin (Longoria).

U.S. RELEASE: April 21 2006, Nationwide
• Rated: PG-13


“This started out as a genre movie, but the way the world is going with the leaks in Washington and homicide detectives being hit men for the mob, I’m wondering. All of a sudden there becomes a little more of an element of a terrorist movement, more of a sense of maybe there could be a mole in [the Secret Service].”

“I’ll never forget the Secret Service agent who moved to the left of President Reagan, closed his eyes and waited. He stayed in that position to take those hits. Would I have the courage or presence of mind to remember my training in that circumstance? That’s the first question I asked myself. We have to have an incredible amount of respect for Secret Service agents.”

“I chose this role because it was the exact opposite of Desperate Housewives as a project, and this specific role, Jill Marin, is actually closer to who I am as a person. People keep saying, ‘Wow, this is such a stretch for you,’ but if you look at my earlier work I always played the detective, the cop. So Desperate Housewives was fun for me because I got to do something different. This was returning to my roots.”

“If you look at Michael’s films, they’re Class A. I had the pleasure of working with him when I was very young [Douglas produced Flatliners] and he was so gracious and kind to me. I watched his films over the years and learned what makes him a phenomenal producer. There’s a sense of responsibility and dignity in all of his films.”

“Kiefer’s gotten better like a good wine. He’s always liked a good time, he’s been known for that, there’s nobody I know that can burn the candle at both ends better than he can and still show up and know every line of dialogue. I think 24 has been a very good experience for him, and he’s more career orientated now in a good way.”

LONGORIA on being a better shot in target practice than her co-stars:
“I grew up on a ranch with my father, so he educated me really early on about guns. Kiefer, Michael and I went to the firing range and all of my shots were in the bull’s-eye – in the ‘man’s’ head. Kiefer’s were a little lower, and I was like, ‘What are you aiming at?’ Michael’s weren’t even on the man. He would have killed so many bystanders and civilians.” Kiefer and Michael were pretty upset, they keep saying, ‘Stop talking about that, you’re embarrassing us!’”

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