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Out with a bang: blood-covered Kiefer Sutherland films final '24' scenes

01 APRIL 2010

Nine years of dodging bullets, avoiding explosions and chasing baddies is about to come to an end for Kiefer Sutherland, who was busy filming the final scenes for his hit show 24 this week.

And if the pictures of the star's final turn as counter-terrorist agent Jack Bauer are anything to go by, he looks set to go out with a bang.

Jack lies on the floor, battered and bloodied, after seemingly crawling free from a car crash.

As he stands up and gets his bearings, a group of armed men in gas masks swoop on him, putting a hood over his head and dragging him away.

UK viewers will have to wait until June to see what becomes of Jack at the end of the eighth series, which is currently showing on Sky.

The final scenes will air on America's Fox network on May 24, and will be shown two weeks later in Britain.

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The end of the Emmy-winning series was announced last weekend. In a statement to accompany the announcement, Kiefer said that playing agent Jack Bauer had been "the role of a lifetime".

He added: 'I will never be able to fully express my appreciation to everyone who made it possible. But when all is said and done, it is the loyal worldwide fan base that made it possible for me to have the experience of playing the role of Jack Bauer, and for that I am eternally grateful."

The 43-year-old star also explained his reasons for not doing a ninth series, all the while hinting at the possibility of a movie – something which will no doubt be a comfort to fans mourning the loss of their favourite series.

"From a creative point, I think Howard [Gordon, executive producer] was feeling that as confident and as strong as he felt about season eight, he was feeling that it was going to be very hard to do [a season nine]," he explained.

"He and I both felt that the opportunity of making a movie, and doing a two-hour representation of a 24-hour day - which would not be restricted by time - was something that was appealing to he and I both."

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