Covers Knight Rider @ Comic-Con '08: Justin Bruening Speaks!
KITTSite was able to participate in several interviews
with Knight Rider cast and crew following the Knight
Rider panel at the Comic-Con International in San Diego, and
now it's time for that to start rolling out, albeit a week or
two later - sorry for the delay!
we post our interview with Justin Bruening, who will be
playing the lead in Knight Rider as Mike Traceur.
WARNED OF SPOILERS BELOW.
In the trailer shown at Comic-Con and on NBC.com,
there were many exciting clips, but one that particularly caught
fan attention is a scene where is Justin Bruening is seen introducing
himself as Michael Knight. Shooting the scene was a surreal experience
for the long-time Knight Rider fan. "It
was the same feeling that I had when David Hasselhoff said it
to me, except I got to express it this time," Justin laughs.
"When I read the script of the first episode, I was like
'shut up! Am I really now? That's awesome!' And it makes sense.
You can't have Knight Rider without Michael Knight,"
he explains. "It's kind of like the original pilot; it's
a nice little origin story."
that scene from February's KR pilot movie, Justin could
not keep from smiling when filming with Hasselhoff. "I was
trying to be all professional around David, and I didn't want
to mess up the scene, and I'm trying not to smile because I'm
not supposed to like when he says that to me," he says.
confirms that he would enjoy the chance to drive the classic Trans
Am and says that he has enjoyed hearing and reading the theories
on where the original KITT might be. "I'd love to drive that,"
he says, "even if our car could transform into that, would
be freakin' sweet."
KITT's many new features, the heads-up dashboard display seems
to be among Justin's favorites. "It's kind of like Minority
Report. I can move files; I can view video files. At one point
I move the speedometer up there so I can look at it. Everything
is interactive. People can come up on a chat line and actually
talk to me from headquarters [on there], and I think that's my
favorite feature, because every week we'll get something new,"
he says. Bruening also confirms that unlike in the TV-movie, Mike
will be doing most of the driving. "In the pilot, there were
some really boring moments where we're just sitting in the car
and KITT's driving and nothing's going on, so now what we've added
is that my character always drives, unless, obviously, he's wounded
and he can't see, or his eyes are shot out or something,"
knowing that Justin Bruening was a fan of the original Knight
Rider, it seemed time to ask the eternal question of character
preference - which character did he have a crush on as a child,
Bonnie or April? Bruening confirms that Patricia McPherson's character
of Bonnie was his top choice. "Bonnie was the original, and
then she got replaced with April, and then Bonnie came back, and
they didn't explain anything in that," he explains. "And
Sarah - she's kind of like Bonnie a little bit. [Deanna and I]
did a screen test and they had her come out in a mechanic's outfit,
and I was like 'Now I get it. Now I understand why there's a girl',"
Rider premieres September 24 on NBC.
our full coverage from Comic Con '08:
Justin Bruening (Mike Traceur)
- Gary Scott Thompson (Executive
Producer) - Deanna Russo (Sarah
Graiman) - Bruce Davison (Charles
Graiman) - David Bartis (Executive
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