Actress Mary Lynn Rajskub got a shocking insight into Britain's notorious boozing culture when she had to shoot dawn scenes for TV hit 24 while surrounded by drunks fresh from a nightclub.
The star, who plays agent Jack Bauer's terrorism-busting colleague Chloe O'Brian in the drama, headed to the U.K. capital earlier this year (13) to film the new series, 24: Live Another Day. Many scenes were shot in the dead of night in a bid to deter onlookers, but Rajskub soon realised there is no such thing as a quiet evening in London when revellers spilling out of nightclubs at 5am crowded around the cameras.
She tells U.K. TV show This Morning, "I just love filming in London... We start filming at five in the morning, so there's just people coming from the clubs - just, like, a few drunk people walking by. And then by seven, eight, nine o'clock there's a whole group of people surrounding the car - fans and stuff. So that's interesting."
Actors Kim Raver and William Devane are set to reprise their roles for 24: Live Another Day. The stars were last seen in the 24 season six finale when Keifer Sutherland's anti-terrorism expert character Jack Bauer bid farewell to Raver's catatonic character Audrey Raines, the daughter of the show's U.S. Secretary of Defense, James Heller (Devane).
Mary Lynn Rajskub will also return as Chloe O'Brian in the 2014 12-part series, which will be shot on location in London.
The field of counter-terrorism just got a whole lot more interesting. Mary Lynn Rajskub is returning as snarky intel analyst, computer-screen starer, and Jack Bauer protector Chloe O’Brian for Fox’s limited run 24: Live Another Day, set to debut next spring. Rajskub will join Kiefer Sutherland and showrunner Howard Gordon for the new episodes.
No one knows how Live Another Day will be structured. It won’t run for 24 episodes, so it definitely will not maintain the 24-hours-in-continuous-real-time format that defined the series and lent it it’s title. But the return of Rajskub has gotta make fans feel like this will still be the 24 we knew and loved, since she provided some of the original run’s very best moments: when she unexpectedly picked up a machine gun and blew away an assassin in Day 4; coming to Jack’s rescue at the start of Day 5…okay, practically all the time; that weird occasion she started randomly taking care of a baby at the office. Okay, maybe not that last one.
But considering how many action procedurals of the past decade have relied upon the tired people-staring-into-computer-screens trope, Mary Lynn Rajskub stands out from the pack for elevating that cliché to an art. Someone looking at a monitor was never more interesting than when Chloe O’Brian did so. We can’t wait to see what the techie will be up to next.
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