According to Kiefer Sutherland, his main reason for avoiding his own things is because he knows that he cannot change the past and that he is his own worst film critic. He said the epiphany came after a screening of “Stand By Me” in the summer of 1986. As Sutherland explained to Jimmy Kimmel, “I was really appalled by what I did in the movie, and then it happened. was the biggest hit of the summer and it changed my life, so I thought maybe I shouldn’t watch the stuff I do” (via ABC). According to Sutherland, he had a “very specific idea” of what he wanted to achieve in “Stand By Me” with his character, Ace Merrill, the bully in the film. But it never appeared on the screen.
Sutherland said on “The Jonathan Ross Show” in 2014 (via Digital Spy): “Everything I thought I wanted to do, I did nothing”. “All I saw was myself up there and I was devastated and my girlfriend was like, ‘I think it’s really great.’ I said, “Don’t patronize me. I need to get another job. If I don’t get another job and this happens I’m dead and my career is over.”
But Sutherland’s career isn’t over yet. He would go on to do countless other movies and TV shows, such as “24”, which he also never saw. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of those episodes,” he told Kimmel of the show’s nearly 200 episodes.
https://www.looper.com/804073/why-kiefer-sutherland-wont-watch-his-own-movies/ Why doesn’t Kiefer Sutherland watch his own movies