Kal Penn's involvement with 24 may be old news at this point, since his character was shot at the end of the two-night premiere. But this was news to Penn, since he was led to believe it was a non-fatal injury.
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"You know, I didn't know they were going to kill me 'til I watched it," Penn said. "A lot of the scenes are not in the script. Like they'll do it later if they know it's giving something away. So in my script, there was no phone call between the two characters indicating that I died. I knew I got shot, but I was told that I got shot and sent to CTU, not shot and killed. So I was watching it like, 'Am I going to work again in a couple weeks? No. All right, there it is. I'm not working.'"
Well, it was fun while it lasted. "It was awesome to work on. They're so brilliant. I mean, the people that shoot that show, obviously it's such a high caliber show. The way they shoot it is very interesting. They have their own like things that they put their camera on. Usually when you shoot a scene, you don't often shoot it from start to finish, especially if it's a seven or eight page scene. But because it's shot in real time, they focus on rehearsing all the scenes privately, just with the writers and Kiefer and the director and the actors and that's it. And they ask you how you feel about your character and whether or not it feels organic, and then they bring the whole crew in and you rehearse it for them and shoot it, which is rare. Usually things are shot in pieces. But I think that's what makes the show work so well."
24 goes on without Kal Penn, Mondays at 9 on FOX.
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