The 49-year-old is known for his acting work, but has recently traded in film roles for a stab at a country music career. His debut album Down in a Hole was released earlier this month (Aug16), and Kiefer, who has been arrested four times for drink driving, chose to be candid with his musical offerings.

"I wrote it for a personal point in my life that I had to realise that there were things that were big - whether it was a personal problem within your family or a relationship, or work - there were certain things that the whiskey's not gonna help you out with," he sighed to Taste of Country. "You have to deal with that straight, and you have to deal with that properly. I wrote that song as much a reminder to myself about that idea as I did for anybody else."

While his move into music may come as a surprise to fans, Kiefer has actually been penning songs since he was 15. However, he followed in his dad Donald Sutherland's famous footsteps and became an actor, starring in classic '80s movies like The Lost Boys and Stand By Me, and Golden Globe-winning TV hit 24.

"There's a huge stigma about an actor doing music, and I completely understand that," he said. "But for me, I got to a point in my life where... I liked the songs I was writing, I liked the way they sounded. And I got to a point in my life where if someone was gonna say something mean about it, I was fine with that. I think I just had to get to a point in my life where I was mature enough and confident enough to stand by my music, whether someone likes it or not."