Fans of the high-octane television show "24" know that for the past seven years, actor Kiefer Sutherland is CTU agent Jack Bauer.
Jack Bauer is the character Sutherland was born for; it plays to all his strengths. Whenever "24" is criticized, it's never because of Sutherland's performance.
This creates a problem for me. I want to play "Call of Duty: World at War" -- post-release impressions are buzzing -- but every video that shows Sutherland yelling at my character completely pulls me out of the experience.
I keep waiting for the Bauer's cliché "Dammit!" to come echoing through my speakers. To me, Sutherland is Jack Bauer, Jack Bauer is Sutherland. Even when I saw Sutherland in "Mirrors" last year, his acting just felt like…Jack Bauer. Whether it's fan obsession or not, it's tainting "Call of Duty" for me.
Knowing how immersive the last "Call of Duty" was, I'd like to immerse myself in this one, too. I just don't know if Jack Bauer will let me.