"He, like other very naive souls, called me and asked me, 'Can I be in your film?' and I said, 'Of course, it's a fantastic idea,' and he was great. I think that it's somehow funny how he rescues the Earth in every episode (of 24), so I thought it would be interesting that he didn't save the world." Lars Von Trier was eager to show another side of Kiefer Sutherland in sci-fi drama Melancholia after his role as 24 action man Jack Bauer.