Many people are wondering who is Donald Sutherland‘s inspiration for Nathan Templeton, the deliciously cold and ruthless power-player he plays on ABC’s hot new series, "Commander-in Chief".

Niccolo Machiavelli? Rasputin? Now about Richard III? Vice Prez Dick Cheney? Maybe Karl Rove?

Think way closer to Hollywood. I asked Sutherland to reveal his source of inspiration at Saturday’s AFI Fest 2005 party for his new film, “An American Haunting.”

"Why, Catherine, of course," Sutherland replied, without missing a beat, referring to his sleek, stylish and sophisticated PMK publicist, Catherine Olim, hovering protectively nearby.

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