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Not coming to 24: Jennifer Aniston and Ben Stiller

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 14th 2006 7:04PM

24 logoWhat happens when two really big celebrities want to guest star on one of TV's hottest shows?

The show turns them down.

Both Jennifer Aniston and Ben Stiller wanted to appear on FOX's 24, but producer Joel Surnow turned them down because they are "too recognizable. They'll take you out of the reality."

The show has added a lot of new cast members this season, including Rick Schroder, Peter MacNichol, Regina King, Eric Balfour, Powers Boothe, and Michael Angarano, so maybe a big name star (or stars) would put the entire feel of the show out of whack.

What do you think about this? Do you think that having a former Friend and a popular movie star would take viewers out of the story, or do you think that viewers are smart enough to just consider them a character in the show?

[via TV Tattle]

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Wait a minute. Why not let them on the show. It's called acting, it's all make believe. The show goes way beyond the boundaries of realism every week, but it's still entertaining. Not letting Aniston and Stiller on because they're too recognizable is a bit disengenuous. We all know that Keifer Sutherland is a Canadian actor, not a counter-terrorism agent from L.A. But, we accept him in the role for an hour or so to be entertained.

I think the show's taking itself a bit too seriously.

January 16 2007 at 6:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

oh brother! please make this aniston chic and ben stiller get lost! we don't need them on tv trying to be a star. don't like ben, or jen's acting, and never have. they both are to annoying, and after about 10 minutes, your just so turned off by them. they are just not that great to look at; whether on tv or on the big screen. THEY'RE JUST TOOO PLAIN ANNOYING! BIG TIME! i'm ecstatic that they won't be on 24; surnow doesn't need those two losers on the show at all. thank you! but the truth had to be told.

January 04 2007 at 8:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


December 22 2006 at 10:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

yea! i so totally agree with most of you to NOT have this dimwit bimbo on 24, she is just trying to do this so that she can show the world that she still has some type of star status; ever since her BIG STAR EX HUSBAND BRAD DUMPED HER. (by the way, he was EXCELLENT in BABEL, SAW IT LAST NIGHT, AND IT WAS SUPERB!) also, i don't like the way she bad mouthed her ex and all, after he left her. she should of just bowed out gracefully like some of these other actresses have done. whats wrong with her? is she a little somewhat crazy, like! and, just because Angelina (which is totally a WOMAN & EXTREMELY GORGEOUS!) has been in the news because of the Good Shepard, now THIS IDIOT HAS HER FRIENDS TALKING TO THE MAGS AND WEB SITES ABOUT THIS DIMWIT NOT TAKING HER EX'S PERFECT FAMILY LIFE ALL THAT WELL, AND THAT THEY WORRY ABOUT HER POSSIBLY HARMING HERSELF. Boy! and she calls those BIMBO'S FRIENDS!! as far as i'm concerned, this dimwit did all of this to herself, and she only has herself to blame. REMEMBER! IT WAS BRAD THAT WANTED A FAMILY WITH HER, BUT IN REALITY SHE WAS JUST USING HIM, SO THAT THE WORLD COULD LOOK AT HER AS SOME KIND OF A STAR, BUT SHE DEFINITELY IS NO STAR. HELL! EVEN DENISE RICHARDS IS MUCH MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN THIS DIMWIT! basically, there are soooooo many other actresses out there, that really are much better looking than jennifer, AND THEY CAN ALSO ACT BETTER, TOO.

December 22 2006 at 9:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

After reading the comments I saw at the bottom that you should keep your comments relevent to the blog, inappropriate ect. may be removed. On that note i think the ranting of #20 should be put on Brad and Angies fan site blog seeing as it had nothing to so with the question at hand. As for the question at hand, I think it was the right decision, as I see Jen and Ben more comical.

December 22 2006 at 3:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What always happens when you bring in other well-known actors into a show: friction. They all want to be the star because they're drawn to it like drug addicts. C'mon, we've all seen what Hallie Barry did to X-Men 3.

Too bad Aniston did not get accepted to 24 in Season 5. If she had, I would have had no problem with her temporarily replacing Edgar right before the nerve gas canisters were set off in CTU. Seeing her die would have been worth it!

December 18 2006 at 5:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree with you Joel as to not bring this jennifer on your show. can you just see her next to Keifer, and her trying to hog all the lines and scenes away from Keifer and everyone else. yes, thats just the way she is, and you would be making a major mistake in putting her on your show, and then your 24 would get cancelled. jennifer is not a good actress at all, and she doesn't fit in at all on your type of show. so please don't bring this bad actress on your show at all, or you sure as heck will lose me as one big fan of your show. and, finally, everyone knows that she will always be a rachel greene because thats all she knows how to be and act in anything that she does. THIS IS WHY SHE SUCKS AS AN ACTRESS, plus she's too old now and she should be playing more parts as a mother figure; she's almost 40, and thats pretty old for a woman trying to be some kind of a terrorist. i'd laugh my *** off!

December 17 2006 at 9:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yeah Right! This story said it all! Perhaps, this is the one main reason that the Chinnifer aka manistan had to go wailing to her ex husband, Brad. Waaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh! Oh! Brad, Joel Surnow wouldn't give me a job over at 24!!!!! WAAAAHHHHHH! Apparently, this is the rumor that she called BP (which rumor has it she's always bugging him, like a sad, sack little 6 year old.)and to tell him that things were not okay with her, and could he please go over and talk to her, because she was not doing okay. EXCUSE ME, JOEL!! But, if you'd of brought her on 24, believe you me, YOUR SHOW WOULD OF GOTTEN CANCELLED AND BIG TIME CANCELLED!!! So many of us out here in the public, are so totally sick of this HAS BEEN THAT CAN'T EVEN ACT! SO Joel, please never, ever even think about bringing this big whiner, liar to her fans, (which I am no longer a fan of hers with all the lying that she does), self centered and arrogant person that will do anything to get attention, and the way she uses people to get what she wants, too. I don't know her personally, but just from what I've read about her and seen about her, this is how she so totally makes herself appear. And, let me tell you, Joel, I have read alot about this woman, even going way back to when she started dating BP, and let me tell you, just like Vince stated, Jennifer Aniston is nothing but a MEDIA MONGER! Bottomline!! She so truly needs to get lost, now; because she has had her 15 minutes of fame. Now, she just lives each and every day, trying to compete with the ever so talanted Angelina on just about everything. Can't she get it thru her head that Angelina will always win; she's too talented, and definitely looks good on the big screen, where this has been does not.

December 17 2006 at 8:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That would be crazy casting.

Hell if you want to make Stiller and Aniston CT partners you might as well make David Schwimmer and Owen Wilson the terrorists!

December 16 2006 at 12:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How about the casting of Samwise/Rudy? He was just playing another character. That is what actors do. Anyway, the day Kim went from barely graduating High School to becoming an integral techie at CTU, the show lost all sense of reality for me. If you want to watch something more closely related to reality, watch Sleeper Cell.

December 15 2006 at 11:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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