Kevin Eastman Talks Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Casting And His Cameo
News for Jonathan Liebesman and Michael Bay‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot comes rather infrequently. We’ll get a few weeks where set pics drop then we don’t hear a word for another couple of weeks. We probably won’t see much more until a trailer of poster is released since filming for the movie has wrapped and the long post-production process has begun. Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the famous foursome, spoke with CBR about the colorized reprint of his Zombie War series, but he also spent some time talking about the upcoming film.
The cast features Megan Fox as April O’Neil, Danny Woodburn as Splinter, William Fichtner as Eric Sachs/The Shredder, and Peter Ploszek (Leonardo), Noel Fisher (Michelangelo), Jeremy Howard (Donatell), and Alan Ritchson (Raphael) as the Turtles. Eastman was asked what he thought about the cast and how well he thought they fit with the material he helped create:
I’m a huge, huge, huge fan of somebody like William Fichtner. I actually got to do an awesome scene in the movie with him. It’s my cameo at the end of the movie. The casting for the regular crew of the “Turtles” has been spot-on, too. It’s always hard to do. You want to embrace the character’s personalities in the casting. You don’t want to go too far. That’s what’s been great about the director Jonathan Liebesman. He’s been trying to make the action as big and intense as possible while keeping the character’s true to the original versions. That includes Michael Bay, too.
It’s funny, because I had heard for many, many years that Megan Fox was a huge fan of the “Turtles.” This was pre-“Transformers.” From everything I’ve seen in the new movie, she’s fantastic. She makes a great April, besides the fact that she’s incredibly beautiful. I think she connects with the character. You include people like Will Arnett in there, and the pieces that I’ve seen are just fantastic. I’m stopping myself because I don’t want to give anything away, but I think it’s going to be pretty intense. It’s going to be a big movie — a tent-pole. Everybody’s got their heart in the right place, from every character and every role to the cast and crew of the movie. It’s going to be intense and I think it’s going to resonate across all the fanbases.
Eastman confirmed that he does indeed have a cameo in the film. We had heard rumors that the writer and artist would indeed be appearing in the reboot, but it was never official until now. It also seems that his cameo will involve Shredder as well. When pressed further about his role, Eastman remained coy but he did talk a little about the fighting style in the film:
I’d love to, and I asked them if I could, but they said no! Jonathan Liebesman has been nothing more than a good friend from the earliest stage of the movie. He called me in, and we’d sit for hours at a time, going over different ideas and concepts and plotlines and themes and possibilities. We’d watch movies, too. Everything from every Jackie Chan and Jet Li movie to “The Raid: Redemption” to know what we had to step up to. We’re dealing with the most jaded fans in the world, if you will. Martial arts fans, that is, because they’re fanatics just like me. I’m a huge fan. I love and believe and practice the stuff. We wanted it to be something as original and intense and satisfying to all the fans that we could. So we came up with my cameo to be sort of a surprise, and I said it sounded great.
You can read the entire interview about comics and the Turtles by clicking here. The film is tentatively scheduled for an August 2014 release, though it has changed three times already. Eastman has been very supportive of the film and has even served as a consultant in the early stages. The other co-creator of the TMNT, Peter Laird, hasn’t been too happy with the Michael Bay produced venture. We’ll just have to wait and see which creator took up the correct side of the debate when the film finally hits. The images you see in the article are spy pics of the Turtle‘s lair as posted by Latino-Review last night (click images to expand). What do you think of Eastman‘s comments? Do you think the reboot has a strong cast?
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