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24 director/producer Jon Cassar remembers his time on FK 
18th-May-2009 09:43 pm
FK--Nick
I meant to post this earlier but the season finale of 24 was on tonight. (It was awesome by the way). I posted it earlier on forkni-l and fkfic-l too. Oops.

iFMagazine did an interview with Jon Cassar about the finale of 24 and the interviewer was kind enough to mention his involvement with Forever Knight. He mentions his friendship with Ger, who appeared as a baddie in the first half of 24's season 5. Apparently the plan was to bring in Nigel Bennett at one point but he didnt' have his U.S. work visa. First Gillian Anderson was approached for a role and now Nigel. Oh will the close calls never cease. Jon would love to see Nigel in a future season. Somebody make it so. Unfortunately, however, Jon will not be a part of 24 next season.

The full interview can be found here.


 
iF: Speaking of work you did awhile ago, do you have any recollections of working on FOREVER KNIGHT?
CASSAR: Oh, absolutely. It was one of my first shows as a director. Up to that point, I was a camera operator. In fact, I was a camera operator on FOREVER KNIGHT for the first season, and Episode Thirteen was my very first directing gig. So yeah, I remember very well. I did as well as I thought I was going to do. They loved me right away. The problem was that they promised me all these other episodes in the second year, but then if you remember this –we were late-night, ‘Crime Time After Prime Time’ [the title of the programming block], and then Letterman came over to CBS. From first year to second year, almost like what happened this year with the strike. It was a year. So I had to go back to camera operating, and then came back and when the second year came, I went and did three episodes in the second year. And then did the third year. Geraint Wyn Davies [who played vampire lead Nick Knight] is also a very good friend of mine. Actually, I talked to him today.
iF: Do you in any way feel like you’ve come full circle, because Nick certainly committed a lot of violence, felt terrible, was really depressed – does he remind you of, say, Jack Bauer?
CASSAR: Yeah, there are a lot of similarities there. There really are. A lot of regret. It’s kind of the same character, in a very strange way, but somehow related. You know Geraint Davies was on 24. It was fun to have him on the show. Nigel Bennett [who played LaCroix] is next. We’ve got to get him on. We actually wanted him years ago, but he didn’t have his [U.S. work permit].
iF: FOREVER KNIGHT was relatively low-budget for a weekly TV series …
CASSAR: Oh, very small [budgets]. We did some pretty interesting shows with a very, very small budget [laughs]. And it was also one of the first American [produced] shows to be placed in Toronto and it [acknowledged it] was Toronto, which was very, very rare. I worked on DUE SOUTH, and we were pretending to be Chicago and other shows were pretending to be other cities, but it was actually an American show, set in Toronto, shot in Toronto. So you can see the CN Tower.
iF: Do you ever miss the low-budget production ethos?
CASSAR: No. Because you could ask anybody and anybody’ll tell you they’re low-budget. Even though [on 24] we have probably, I would hazard to say, four times more money than we had on FOREVER KNIGHT, we’re still trying to do things that are so ambitious that you’re still working in a low-budget kind of way. We can’t do the CGI, we can’t do the big scenes that a feature film can do, yet we’re known for that and we have to land a plane on a freeway and we have to figure out how to do that, so you have to do that in a low-budget way. I mean, you can’t do that with the expense of a feature film.
Comments 
19th-May-2009 04:17 am (UTC)
LOL! Jack Bauer = Nick Knight. That's a comparison I wouldn't have made (but there again, I don't usually watch 24).

but it was actually an American show, set in Toronto, shot in Toronto.
That's something I always loved about it. Being a Canadian, I got such a thrill out of the fact that this was produced for the states and yet was totally set in Canada!

Awesome, I really enjoyed this interview! Thanks for posting!
20th-May-2009 03:15 am (UTC)
LOL! Jack Bauer = Nick Knight. That's a comparison I wouldn't have made (but there again, I don't usually watch 24).

Absolutely! I was like, "what?" A few years back when I was really into 24 I had this theory of Jack as the equivalent of a wandering Japanese warrior but that was when I was taking an obscene amount of Japanese film courses. Now I suffer from a post academic brain drain, lol

Being a Canadian, I got such a thrill out of the fact that this was produced for the states and yet was totally set in Canada!

I get a kick out of it as well and it annoys me greatly that the achievement isn't recognized when there's talk about Canadian/American productions, especially given as how the practice has been getting a lot of dialogue after the writers' strike.

I see it a lot when I read about Flashpoint. They're so proud of how it's Toronto as Toronto, as they should be, but hey come on FK did it almost 20 years ago. For goodness' sake the opening shot of the title credits was the CN Tower. It an the Dome were always featured so prominently. ::shrugs:: The industry has such short memories. So sad.
19th-May-2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
Yay, Abbie! Best. Interviewer. Ever.
20th-May-2009 04:12 am (UTC)
Totally! Yay for the first lengthy media discussion I've seen on FK in quite a while.

This amused me:

"Nick certainly committed a lot of violence, felt terrible, was really depressed"

LOL, gee, understatement much?

24th-May-2009 10:33 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting the link to this interview!!! How wonderful that FK got a major mention after all this time. It's always nice to see that it's not forgotten. I must say the Nick Knight- Jack Bauer comparison never occurred to me either. Very interesting thought.

Petra
(who is still waiting for season 7 to air in Germany)
25th-May-2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting the link to this interview!!! How wonderful that FK got a major mention after all this time. It's always nice to see that it's not forgotten.

It was such a lucky find. I couldn't believe that a) Forever Knight was getting a mention and b) it was getting significant discussion.

Petra (who is still waiting for season 7 to air in Germany)

You're in for a real treat. It was a really strong season. I forgive them for the borefest that was last season, lol.
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