Who will voice K.I.T.T.? A real genius

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February

Realgenius Scandal engulfs Hollywood! Jobs are lost! Fortunes are ruined! Reputations dashed! (All resulting in a shocking shortage of exclamation points.)

It turns out that actor Will Arnett cannot provide the voice of the car K.I.T.T. in NBC's upcoming "Knight Rider" made-for-TV movie after all.

The problem?  Arnett has been doing voice-over work for General Motors for about a decade. The new Knight Rider car is not a GM car but rather a Ford Mustang. (That's more than one problem, but don't get me started again.)

So, Val Kilmer ("Real Genius", "Top Gun) has been hired to do the voice work for K.I.T.T., according to Variety.com. Arnett's voice work had already been completed, Variety says, so Kilmer will have to hustle. The movie airs on Feb. 17. (Even Knight Rider's official website still shows Arnett on the cast - as of today anyway.)

Will K.I.T.T. be the ultimate voice job for Kilmer? Hardly.

TOP VAL KILMER "VOICE" ROLES:

BATMAN ("Batman Forever"): Batman should sound like "Iceman." ... "You're everyone's problem, Riddler! That's because every time you go up in the air, you're unsafe."

JIM MORRISON ("The Doors"): His best role to date -- voice or acting. "Actually I don't remember being born, It must have happened during one of my black outs."

MOSES ("Prince of Egypt"): If only Kilmer could have channeled a little Mel Brooks into his performance: "The Lord, the Lord Jehovah has given unto you these 15 ... [crash] ... Oy! Ten! Ten commandments for all to obey!"

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:29pm]

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