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IN in­ter­views over the years, Kiefer Suther­land has been po­lite, gen­er­ous with his time and open to an­swer­ing ques­tions about all as­pects of his life. He just doesn’t sound the type to raise hell when he goes out with friends for a drink — or two. Suther­land was fa­mously pho­tographed chill­ing in a bar with a buddy in 2003, grin­ning and sur­rounded by halfempty glasses, his pants around his an­kles for no par­tic­u­lar rea­son. And, of course, there was the Christ­mas tree. In a 2006 doc­u­men­tary that would earn im­mor­tal­ity on YouTube, Suther­land is filmed chat­ting to a cam­era­man be­fore turn­ing and div­ing full bar­rel into a lit-up Christ­mas tree in a ho­tel lobby. There have also been bar fights, one of which was spurred when some guy licked the foot of Suther­land’s then-wife, model Kelly Winn. Does he think his chal­leng­ing work life re­sults in him break­ing loose on oc­ca­sion and mak­ing head­lines? ‘‘The re­al­ity is I love to go out and have a drink with my friends,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s part ofmy life, and any­one who’s done a lot of that — it gets away from you some­times. I would never like to al­lude to it as a by-prod­uct of the work I do. I never said I didn’t en­joy it (hav­ing a good drink); I never pre­tended I don’t.’’

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