Jack Bauer, Redux

According to this article, Kiefer Sutherland is in trouble again, after an incident in which he allegedly head-butted someone at a party. If the incident actually occurred, Sutherland may simply have confused reality with acceptable behavior for Jack Bauer, the character Sutherland plays on 24. If that were the case, however, the other guy involved got off easy — on 24, Jack Bauer would not have limited himself to a head butt, but would have smashed the guy’s face into a chair, given him hallucenogenic drugs, tortured him with some kind of electrical device, tried to suffocate him with a dry cleaning bag, or strangled him with the “legs of death” hold. For Jack Bauer, a mere head butt is a kind of greeting, like a handshake.