He may play the leader of the free world on ABC’s prime time drama Designated Survivor, but in his new video, Kiefer Sutherland is just a guy, standing in front of a girl, asking her to love him.
In the atmospheric, black-and-white performance clip for “I’ll Do Anything,” Sutherland pleads with a woman to give him a chance after he realizes that he’s fallen in love with her and aches to move out of the friend zone and into true romance.
“I don’t expect that you could love me or even see me in this light, but this feelings hit me so strong, this feeling that I cannot fight,” he sings in the sweet country shuffler.
The song appears on Down in the Hole, Sutherland’s fine country debut, released last August and produced by his long time buddy, Jude Cole, who convinced him to record the songs he was writing instead of handing them off to others to sing.
Sutherland told Rolling Stone last year that he’s the first to know that actors-turned-singers are a deservedly maligned lot (even though he’s been singing as long as he’s been acting, if not longer). “I had to have that come-to-Jesus moment because, trust me, an actor doing music makes my eyes roll in the back of my head, too,” he said. “So I can’t blame anyone for thinking that, and that’s why we’re prepared to go one bar at a time. It’s the most constructive thing I’ve ever done in a bar [laughs], so it’s working out.”
“I’ll Do Anything” ends before we know if Sutherland’s “perfect angel” returns his ardor, but not before he declares that he is in it for the long term as he vows, “You will take my hand and together we can make a stand.”
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Designated Survivor airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.