The star of Fox's 24 narrates NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience, which opens in 68 theaters on Friday.
SI: What drew you to a project involving NASCAR?
Sutherland: It's a real slice of Americana. The fact that it was born out of Prohibition and guys running moonshine and outrunning the law, there is something very authentic about that.
SI: You're doing this Q&A two hours before walking the red carpet for the movie's premiere. How will seeing Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson in tuxes compare with seeing Nicole Kidman and Angelina Jolie in evening gowns?
Sutherland: Well, you're never going to beat Angelina Jolie in an evening dress no matter who you are. But anytime you get to meet people at the top of their field, there's an excitement about that.
SI: Denis Leary told SI that when it came to hockey, you and Tim Rabbins were the best actors he's played with. What's your greatest celebrity game moment?
Sutherland: I got two assists for Phil Esposito in a game a couple of years ago. He hadn't put on skates in like 10 years and scored three goals in the first 10 minutes. Wayne Gretzky was coaching us, and when I came off the ice after a goal he was looking at me with his mouth open. He said, "It's amazing. That old bastard is still in the right place at the right time." That was pretty cool.
SI: Will we ever see a 24 movie, and will your character Jack Bauer live to see it?
Sutherland: It would be a fantastic movie. You'd have to call it 140 or 145 or whatever the running time was. I hope it gets pursued, but whether Jack Bauer lives to see it is a whole other story.
SI: In the 1990s you roped on the professional rodeo circuit and took first place in the '98 U.S. Team Roping championship. Ever think about chucking acting and pursuing rodeo full time?