Universal Chat with
Brixton Karnes and Dante
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November 13, 1997
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Moderator: Greetings and salutations chatters and welcome to tonight's live chat with Brixton Karnes and Dante from the Universal Television series Team Knight Rider! It's Thursday, November 13 and you are chatting live on the Universal
Chat Network. I'm Jeremy Berg and I'll be your moderator for the evening. Joining me tonight are my partners in crime, Tony Liu and Michael Contreras. Tony, my trusty screener, will sift through the endless array of questions that you, the chat audience, submit. He's the guy who determines whether your questions live or die, so be sure to make um good. Michael spends all of his time slamming away at the keyboard. This guy is so fast he makes "The Flash" look like a snail. All right folks, let's move onto tonight's live celebrity chat.
Brixton Karnes stars as Commander Kyle Stewart, a former CIA spy whose field experience and
know-how make him the perfect leader in Team Rider. Born and raised in Syosset, N.Y., he eventually moved to New York City where he was cast in several commercials before deciding to drive his motorcycle to LA. His first big break was a guest-starring role on NBC's The Father Dowling Mysteries.
Dante is a modified sport utility vehicle large enough to hold the entire TKR team. He's the traveling
command post. Fast, versatile, rugged, and his personality is Kyle to the extreme. Whereas Kyle will sometimes keep his opinions to himself for the sake of peace and harmony, Dante will confidently express his opinions in his haughty British manner. And he loves ribbing Kyle about his obvious attraction to Jenny. He loves making his passengers feel uncomfortable. And he never hesitates to deflate his driver.
Ladies and gentleman…….it's chat time!!! Without any further ado, please welcome Brixton Karnes and
Brixton Karnes waves at everyone.
Dante: I can't wave, and I hope you appreciate the trouble I've gone to to come here. It was very difficult fitting into the elevator of this building.
Brixton Karnes: Dante: How do you feel after driving over that ice cream truck?
Dante: Fine. I backed up a few times just to make sure.
moderator: Well this is exciting! Brixton is sitting right next to me and his Ford Expedition Dante is parked in the hallway with a microphone placed on the dash!!!! Just kidding…Anyway, thanks for chatting with us tonight guys. Have either of you chatted on the internet before?
Brixton Karnes: About two weeks ago. I enjoyed a nice chat.
Dante: Never. No ones shown the least bit of interest in talking to me.
moderator presents the speaker with question #17 from Chloe25:
This one's for both "Kyle" and Dante -- how would you describe your relationship?
Dante: Very trying.
Brixton Karnes: It's a love-hate kind of thing.
moderator presents the speaker with question #20 from donutgirl:
Brixton, are you at all like Kyle Stewart?
Brixton Karnes: Yeah, I am! I like to be in control in situations . . .
Dante: And both men have a fear of commitment.
Brixton Karnes: Don't listen to him donutgirl!!!
moderator presents the speaker with question #31 from tkrforever:
Dante - Do you find any of the other cars on the show attractive? Meaning, do you have a crush on any of them?
Dante: I suppose, if someone were to accidnetly give me low octane fuel, I might find Domino a tad attractive.
moderator presents the speaker with question #45 from Atreyu1:
for someone who has never watched the show what can your car do that KITT couldn't?
Dante: My illustrious predecessor didn't have the offensive/defensive weapons that I have. Missile launchers, lasers,
etc. But he was a legend.
moderator presents the speaker with question #48 from MikeTKR:
Please settle a debate once and for all: When does TKR take place, and does Knight Rider 2000 have any effect on the TKR timeline?
Brixton Karnes: Why don't you answer this, Dante?
Dante: If I must. TKR takes place now. I don't believe we are in the same universe as this KR 2000 that you mentioned.
moderator presents the speaker with question #57 from cyberkosta:
Were you a fan of the original Knight Rider and did you consult with Hasselhoff in order to prepare for your role in this
Brixton Karnes: I didn't watch much TV during Knightrider's original run. But I've seen episodes since and respect Mr. Hasselhoff's work, but I haven't had the pleasure of meeting him yet.
moderator presents the speaker with question #91 from ice-cream-man1:
why didnt you use an ice crream truck in the show? everyone likes ice cream.
Dante: This man has a lot of hostility. If you like, I can recommend a good therapist.
Brixton Karnes: No!!! Wait a second! I think you're on to something, Ice Cream Man! Possibly, next season . . . Stay tuned . . .
moderator says, "Keeping with Ice Cream..."
moderator presents the speaker with question #24 from tkrfan:
Brixton, what's your favorite flavor of ice cream? And Dante, I guess for you it would be motor oil??
Brixton Karnes: I'm kind of a two-scoop Chocolate, vanilla covered with nuts.
Dante: I'm not even going to stoop to answering that.
Brixton Karnes: Thank you, Dante.
moderator presents the speaker with question #23 from donutgirl:
Dante, since Kyle is the agent in charge, does that make you the vehicle in charge, and if so, what responsibilities go with that?
Dante: Well, I'm sure the other vehicles wouldn't agree with that statement, but... since Kyle gives the orders, and usually from my front seat, that would technically put me in charge of the others.
Brixton Karnes: Well said, Dante.
Dante: My main responsibility is setting a good example that the other cars cannot hope to live up to.
moderator presents the speaker with question #86 from MikeTKR:
when will see any TKR action figures or toy cars?
Dante: The hope is that Mattel will release smaller versions of us next spring/summer.
moderator presents the speaker with question #96 from adny:
KITT's first priority was to preserve human life, and he couldn't kill or even chase in dangerous areas. When/Why did F.L.A.G change this rule?
Brixton Karnes: When the goin' gets tough, the tough get goin'!
Dante: Well said, Kyle.
Brixton Karnes: We're playin' hardball, now!
moderator presents the speaker with question #107 from z-man13:
Will David Hasselhoff appear on the series to reprise his role as Michael Knight?
Brixton Karnes: We hope so.
Dante: That's the plan.
moderator presents the speaker with question #109 from Jinxed:
What's the deal with Beast and jenny??
Brixton Karnes: One of those taboo situations . . .
Dante: There is obviously a flaw in Beast's programming that allows him to think he has a chance with a human. The TKR mechanic is working on it, but so far, no success.
moderator presents the speaker with question #114 from z-man13:
Any chance of seeing the cars get into relationships... maybe you and Domino, eh Dante?
Dante: And how exactly would that work? Front tire to back tire?
Brixton Karnes: It works in Dante's dreams! Stay out of the garage, kids!
moderator presents the speaker with question #117 from ILoveKyle:
Brixton, I just want to say that I love you a bunch, and you were the reason I gave up on Power Rangers!
Brixton Karnes: Thank you ILoveKyle.
Brixton Karnes blushes
moderator presents the speaker with question #18 from Chloe25:
Brixton, when you're not filming TKR, do ever like to just take a drive?
Brixton Karnes: Sure, Chloe25. Long, lonely highway.
moderator presents the speaker with question #21 from donutgirl:
With all the driving you do on the set, have there ever been any accidents or minor fender-benders?
Brixton Karnes: Dante's too well-trained.
Dante: Never that weren't on purpose.
moderator presents the speaker with question #26 from tkrfan:
Brixton, you have quite a few scenes that require a lot of stunt work. Do you do them yourself? If so, what was the most grueling episode to film?
Brixton Karnes: I do quite a lot of my stunts, but there's an excellent stunt team that does things for me when I simply dlon't have the time. We shoot really quickly and it's often impossible for me to be in two places at once.
Dante: The man is being too modest. He is constantly putting his life on the line, for very little money.
moderator presents the speaker with question #37 from spicoli:
What is in store for the characters in the second half of the season?
Brixton Karnes: In an episode called Out of the Past, I meet up with an old lovef which takes me deep into the jungles of South America.
Dante: I am regrettably forced to go with him. I'm still trying to clear up the rust from that jungle.
moderator presents the speaker with question #59 from Rajman:
Why is there no scanner on any of the cars?
Dante: As I said before, KITT was a legend. It was determined that the scanner was unique to him. It plays a very important part in a later adventure.
moderator presents the speaker with question #60 from ILoveKyle:
Brixton, what kind of music do you listen to?
Brixton Karnes: All kinds. It just depends on the mood. I like R.E.M., Tim McGraw and I like movie soundtracks, too.
moderator presents the speaker with question #135 from WildSheep:
Dante do you listen to music? If so what kind?
Dante: Classical. And, when the mood hits me, Smashing Pumpkins.
Brixton Karnes: I saw the Smashing Pumpkins at the Palace, in HOLLYWOOD.
Dante: I remember. I drove you.
Brixton Karnes laughs hysterically.
moderator presents the speaker with question #110 from z-man13:
Brixton, how do you feel your character stacks up to the "legend" of Michael Knight?
Brixton Karnes: I can't compare them. It's not my job to stack up to any legend. I just have to do my job. The rest is up to the audience.
moderator presents the speaker with question #118 from MikeTKR:
Dante, please settle another debate... do all of the vehicles have the super-strong molecularly bonded shell?
Dante: I'm afraid not. It was determined, as we mentioned in our conflict with "KRO," that many of the things that made KITT indestructible were kept out of our design.
Brixton Karnes: Dante's being way too modest! He's definitely got a super strong . . . . . . .
moderator presents the speaker with question #140 from Jinxed:
Hey Brixton ya ever use Dante for the Designated Driver on a night out??
Dante: I can't tell you how many times!
Brixton Karnes: Not true!!!!! Not true!!!!!!!
moderator presents the speaker with question #141 from Rajman:
Are the car explosions scenes real cars or computer images?
Dante: Absolutely real.
Brixton Karnes: Yeah, real.
Dante: The gentlemen at Sterling Pacific films are experts at blowing vehicles up.
moderator presents the speaker with question #126 from WildSheep:
I just want to say Dante, You are the awesomest vehicle I have ever seen on TV or Real life!
Dante: Why thank you. Finally, the respect I deserve.
Brixton Karnes: I'm not going tobe able to drive him home at this rate!
moderator presents the speaker with question #145 from Jinxed:
When the two Cycles seperate Where DOES the center go>>>
Brixton Karnes: Top secret answer. We can't tell you or we'd have to . . . . .
moderator presents the speaker with question #121 from ice-cream-man1:
are most of the shows already shot for the season?
Brixton Karnes: We've finished with all 22.
moderator presents the speaker with question #147 from DJandKITT:
Brixton, what do you like most about Dante?
Brixton Karnes: He's trustworthy, realiable, smart; once in a while he's a bit of a smart-aleck, but he's one of my best friends.
Dante: My red flasher lights are going off, which is the equivalent of blushing.
moderator presents the speaker with question #123 from aFRIENDLYman:
What is the fastest vehicle on the team?
Dante: That honor would have to go to the Plato/Kat combo car.
moderator presents the speaker with question #148 from K.A.R.R.:
what about skyone? computer gen., right?
Dante: Not all the time. Many of the shots are real.
moderator presents the speaker with question #139 from MikeTKR:
Dante, it seems like Kyle never understands Plato. Can YOU understand Plato's cryptic messages?
Dante: Oh, please. Why would I want to?
moderator presents the speaker with question #154 from Pharos:
Brixton and Dante, do you associate with the other actors and vehicles when you are not working on the show?
Brixton Karnes: Yeah, we do. The cast is just a great group of people; the cars are always clean and I truly like everyone.
Dante: I am forced to associate because we're stored together.
moderator presents the speaker with question #156 from ILoveKyle:
Dante, my mom wants you to tell Beast hello for her when you get back, and I have to go...I love you!!!
Dante: All right. Tell your mother her affection is wasted, but I'll relay the message.
Brixton Karnes: Bye, ILoveKyle. . .
moderator presents the speaker with question #155 from z-man13:
Any insight as to the identity of the mysterious character shown at the end of the episode "The A-List"?
Brixton Karnes: It's a mystery.
Dante: I can only reveal that you will be seeing him again, very soon.
moderator presents the speaker with question #161 from ice-cream-man1:
dante can you go throught the diamond lane on the freeway and count as 2 people?
Dante: That would be breaking the law, as California has yet to recognize cybernetic intelligence.
Brixton Karnes: Yes. Unfortunlatey, I have to pay for the traffic violation.
moderator presents the speaker with question #16 from Chloe25:
Dante, do you think Kyle and Jenny make a cute couple?
Brixton Karnes: Yeah, Dante, what do you really think?"
Dante: Yes, I guess so, but they are both two thick-headed to see it.
Brixton Karnes: It's too much on my mind to worry about relationships at this point.
moderator presents the speaker with question #27 from tkrfan:
Brixton, I hear you're a motorcycle rider, were you disappointed that you didn't get to ride one of the combo-car cycles?
Brixton Karnes: Yes I was a little disappointed. I had hoped to ride Plato, but TREK wasn't too keen on the idea. Plato was definitely looking forward to it, but, oh well. . .
Dante: Really? If you find me so boring, I'm sure something can be arranged.
Brixton Karnes: Okay Dante, calm down. You're still the man.
Dante: Not man. Sport Utility Vehicle.
Brixton Karnes: You win again.
moderator presents the speaker with question #39 from spicoli:
What's with the Christian Slater wannbe? Does anyone make fun of him beacuse he sounds soooo much like Christian Slater?
Brixton Karnes: That's Nick Weschler. He's definitely his own man, and a fine actor in his own right and any resemblance to any other actor is a compliment to the other actor.
Dante: Very good.
moderator presents the speaker with question #166 from Down Town Brown:
If KITT appears, will he be a '98 Trans Am. That would be the only car now that does justice to the original Trans Am.
Brixton Karnes: KITT might appear in a future episode, but with the Ice Cream Truck!
moderator presents the speaker with question #22 from donutgirl:
Dante, are you at all grateful to Kyle for helping "program" your magnificent personality?
Brixton Karnes: Thank you donutgirl. At least you appreciate it! Definitely someone who's astute, intelligent. . .I like you donutgirl.
Dante: All right, be quiet. I suppose, I do owe him the littlest of credit.
Brixton Karnes: Thank you Dante for your help.
moderator presents the speaker with question #61 from cyberkosta:
Do you have direct involvement with the story and/or direction of the episodes? Have you directed any or do you wish to?
Dante: Yes, I have directing ambitions.
Brixton Karnes: Actually, at some point I would like to direct. The writing I leave to the writers.
moderator presents the speaker with question #36 from spicoli:
Brixton - Are you working on anything else right now? Any movies in the future?
Brixton Karnes: Dante said: only those I'm planning to rent. However, spicoli, I've been meeting for something that shoots early next year. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Dante: And they would be a fool not to hire him.
Brixton Karnes: Thanks, Dante. High-octane tonight!
moderator presents the speaker with question #176 from Jinxed:
Is Bonnie still working for F.L.A.G. ?
Dante: As far as we know, Bonnie is still a member of the organization, and may join us on a future adventure.
moderator presents the speaker with question #183 from JasonKirk:
Dante, are you going to be in any future Ford commecials?
Dante: Not as far as I know.
Brixton Karnes: Dante's salary quotes are too high!
moderator presents the speaker with question #177 from z-man13:
So... is K.R.O. really gone? Or will he be making a comeback?
Dante: KRO was an extremely powerful weapon, and we would be foolish to not be prepared for another engagement.
moderator presents the speaker with question #169 from orionpax:
Who is the craziest of all of the cast members??
Brixton Karnes: Nick Weschler. But, we're all pretty crazy, too.
moderator presents the speaker with question #100 from Jinxed:
What kind of pratical Jokes do you play on eachother in your free time?
Brixton Karnes: Towel-snapping?? You mean, like that?
moderator presents the speaker with question #71 from MikeTKR:
Dante: what is Brixton's most annoying habit?
Dante: Drive-thru lunches.
Brixton Karnes: Dante doesn't like it when I leave the wrappers on the floor.
Dante: Nor the ketchup, the french fries, the little pieces of ground beef...
Brixton Karnes: Okay, okay, okay!
Dante: Could you stop interrupting me?
moderator presents the speaker with question #180 from WildSheep:
Dante what is it like being a Sport Utility Vehicle?
Brixton Karnes: Dante started as a station wagon, you know. Over the years, well, I guess it's obvious, he's grown into his current role.
Dante: I feel very safe.
moderator presents the speaker with question #181 from Jinxed:
Dante : Who's your favorite playwrite?
Dante: Well, of course there's the Bard. Then the writers Rick Copp and David Goodman.
Brixton Karnes: His real favorite is Car and Driver.
moderator presents the speaker with question #188 from Down Town Brown:
Are KAT & PLATO's frames based on actual motorcycle frames, or are they based on something else?
Dante: Yes, they are actual motorcycles.
moderator presents the speaker with question #35 from tkrforever:
Dante - What features do you wish you had? (i.e. Moon roof - I can't remember if you have one already?
Dante: I am fairly pleased with my options.
Brixton Karnes: I'm waiting for a Mute button.
Dante: Oh, if only there was one for the driver.
Brixton Karnes: Dante, Dante, Dante. . .
moderator presents the speaker with question #199 from Rajman:
Kyle: what's your favorite tkr episode so far?
Brixton Karnes: This week's epiusode, called Choctaw L-9 is going to be the best one yet. But I like KRO.
moderator presents the speaker with question #194 from Jinxed:
Dante : Do you and Plato ever get into philosophical discussions?
Dante: Well, I of course believe of Descartes Cogito Ergo Sum, "I think, therefore, I am," but Plato is obviously of the opinion that "I watch television, therefore, I am."
moderator:That's going to wrap it up for the evening. Our thanks go out to Brixton and Dante for taking the time to chat with us tonight! Be sure to catch all the action on Team Knight Rider!!!!
Brixton Karnes: Thanks a lot. It's been nice chatting with you all and I've got to get Dante back to the garage.
Dante: After what you said about wanting to ride Plato instead of me, you're walking.
moderator:Thanks again chatters….this has been a great event. This has been a production of the Universal Chat Network.
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