Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, pig-nosed turtle defenders of New York, were played on set by four actors in motion-capture suits. Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Noel Fisher as Michelangelo, Jeremy Howard as Donatello, and Pete Ploszek as Leonardo. Though all of the actors provided the voices while filming, it seems that stoic leader Leonardo will be re-voiced by Johnny Knoxville. Also ensconced in a motion-capture suit on set was Splinter, played by Danny Woodburn. The wise leader and father figure of the turtles will now be voiced by Tony Shaloub.
This information makes me question what the director, Jonathan Liebesman, is going for with the voices and whether other voice actors will be pulled into the fray. The terrible teaser trailer had Fisher’s voice as Michelangelo, so perhaps he’ll get to stay, but why the other recasting? Leonardo isn’t a wise cracking guy with a twang, though Knoxville can probably keep them at bay. Shaloub isn’t the first name that comes to mind when a character is a Japanese rat. So why hire actors not known for the type of voice work typically related to these two characters? What else are they ruining? Will they shell out the cash for Corey Feldmen as Donatello?
Not replaced are Megan Fox and Will Arnett, who are on set for re-shoots with the motion-capture cast. Re-shoots are always good news, right guys? Like for World War Z? Right?
August 8th is going to bring us either shitty explosions and lame slo-mo or shitty explosions and lame slo-mo. I wonder which it will be….