KNIGHT RIDER – New TV Movie: Cast and Crew Interviews

A few of weeks ago I attended an event for the unveiling of the new KITT for the new KNIGHT RIDER TV movie (you can read my post here), which premieres February 17th at 9 pm on NBC. While there I was given the opportunity to interview some of the cast and crew of the new Knight Rider TV movie.

Below you can view videos from interviews with Deanna Russo (Sarah Graima), Bruce Davison (Charles Graiman), and David Bartis (Executive Producer). Further down you can read more about Sydney Tamiia Poitier (Carrie Ruvai) and Justin Bruening (Mike Tracer).

KNIGHT RIDER - Sydney Tamiia Poitier

SYDNEY TAMIIA POITIER (Carrie Ruvai)

Sydney Tamiia Poitier stars in NBC’s two-hour movie Knight Rider as Carrie Ruvai, a tough FBI agent who doesn’t see eye-to-eye with Mike Tracer (Justin Bruening), son of Michael Knight.

Were you a fan of the original “Knight Rider”?
STP:I was yeah, I think everybody that kind of grew up in the eighties was a fan.

What made you want to be part of this project?
STP:I think it was just a really cool progression of the original. The way it was written was very real not over the top, interesting, it left a lot of room for the cool stuff that the car could do, and I think nowadays with more technology the car can do more interesting stuff and so I really enjoyed that. And the director that we have (Steve Shill) had a really interesting vision for it and kind of saw it as sort of Sam Raimi’s first Spiderman which has that kind of comic book feel. All of that made it seem like a really interesting project.

Can you give us ideas of what kind of cool tricks the car can do?
STP: I honestly don’t know. I was just saying that I know that with all the technology there is today, they’re gonna come up with cool stuff. As it stands now, what I know it can do is obviously it can talk with us, like in the original, but what it couldn’t do in the original is it can change its facade entirely so when it needs a disguise it can morph into an entirely different car, sort of Transformers style or something like that, which is something totally new, but I’m sure there’s gonna be a million other tricks it’ll perform I just don’t know what they are yet.

KNIGHT RIDER - Justin Bruening

JUSTIN BRUENING (Mike Tracer)

Justin Bruening stars in NBC’s two-hour movie Knight Rider as Mike Tracer, estranged son of Michael Knight.

Justin Bruening says about his part in the new Knight Rider TV movie, “It’s a lot to process all at once.” He laughs that when his friends ask him what he’s been up to he just says “Yeah, I got a job, it’s “Knight Rider.” I don’t know how to say it any other way.”

He tells that when he told his wife (Alexa Havins) he had gotten the part, she started crying instantly because she was so happy for him.

As for what he thinks of Will Arnett as the voice of KITT, “That’s awesome, that is really good. I loved him in 30 Rock. I’m a fan.”

After all the excitement of driving KITT, he now thinks his car is boring, who wouldn’t?, “I talk to it though, I pretend it talks back.”