‘Ninja Turtles’ Actor Says Reports Are Wrong; ‘Seinfeld’ Actor Cast as Splinter

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Seinfeld Actor Cast in Ninja Turtles Ninja Turtles Actor Says Reports Are Wrong; Seinfeld Actor Cast as Splinter

The Ninja Turtles reboot - produced by Michael Bay, directed by Jonathan Liebesman, and starring Megan Fox (as April O’Neil) and Will Arnett – has already seen its fair share of controversy, due primarily to a leaked script that saw the titular turtles as aliens (not mutants, perhaps not even teenagers) and the villainous Shredder as one “Colonel Schrader.”

But the recently cast Alan Ritchson (Aquaman on Smallville), who will provide the voice and motion capture for the character of Raphael, wants everyone to know that all those negative reports are completely wrong. Plus – Master Splinter has been cast!

Alan Ritchson was in attendance at the MTV Movie Awards when The Hollywood Reporter asked him about Ninja Turtles and what we can expect from the reboot. According to Ritchson:

“The frustrating thing for me since I’ve signed on is that you hear that it’s already got a reputationI think people assume they know what it’s going to be about, and those people are wrong. The assumptions, everything you read online is wrong.

“You want to tell everybody how great it is, and you can’t really say why, but it is. It’s so much better than people think, [...] I promise that. And it’s going to look way better than anybody can imagine. I can’t wait for people to see this. I think it’s going to live up to and exceed everybody’s boyhood dreams of being a Ninja Turtle [...]. I grew up with it, too, and I want to see it come to life in the best way possible.”

On the one hand, it’s good to see that an actor on this project is seemingly passionate about where it’s going. On the other hand, it’s kind of hard to take the word of someone with regard to something he/she’s being paid to promote, as is the case here.

The Ninja Turtles reboot could very well turn out to be one of the better genre films of next year. Hell, it could even be the best cinematic adaptation of a twenty-year-old children’s cartoon ever. (Anything’s possible.) Still, we’ve yet to hear anyone say “No, these Ninja Turtles are definitely not aliens” or “No, Shredder has definitely not been turned into Colonel Schrader,” which were probably among the most “controversial” changes in the leaked script.

Until someone explicitly says “no aliens, no Schrader,” etc., it’s likely that when Ritchson says the negative reports have been wrong, what he actually means is that the movie will end up being spectacular in spite of the changes to the TMNT mythology.

Alan Ritchson is Raphael in Ninja Turtles Ninja Turtles Actor Says Reports Are Wrong; Seinfeld Actor Cast as Splinter

The good news is that, even if these newfangled Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles turn out to be neither teenaged nor mutants, they’re definitely going to be ninjas. Says Ritchson:

“We’ve gotta be ninjas – unfortunately for me, who can barely walk and talk at the same time. [Laughter.] We’re learning a lot of the fight choreography. We’ve got these unbelievable stunt trainers that work us every day to the bone. It’s been a great process.”

So there you have it. Ninja Turtles – not just a clever name! Though I do wonder if they can technically be referred to as turtles if they’re not from planet Earth. Maybe that’s one of the many subplots/themes that’ll be explored in the upcoming film: What does it mean to be a space turtle?


NEXT PAGE: Find out which ‘Seinfeld’ actor was cast as Splinter.



Danny Woodburn Cast as Splinter

According to Deadline, Danny Woodburn – perhaps best known as Cosmo Kramer’s good friend, Mickey, on Seinfeld – has been cast as Master Splinter in the Turtles reboot.

As you probably already know, Splinter is the Yoda-esque, giant-sized rat and mentor to the Ninja Turtles. He’s also an incredibly skilled warrior, though you probably wouldn’t know it from his appearance and advanced age.

Seeing as Woodburn is known primarily for his comedic work – he’s been a stand-up comedian for 17 years – can we expect Splinter to be a more comedic role than previous portrayals?

Danny Woodburn as Splinter in Ninja Turtles Ninja Turtles Actor Says Reports Are Wrong; Seinfeld Actor Cast as Splinter

Woodburn joins the aforementioned Megan Fox, Will Arnett, and Alan Ritchson, as well as Noel Fisher (Michelangelo), Jeremy Howard (Donatello), and Pete Ploszek (Leonardo).

Are you looking forward to the new Ninja Turtles, Screen Ranters? Are you a little less worried about where the production is headed now that you’ve heard from one of the actors? Let us know in the comments.

Ninja Turtles hits theaters June 6th, 2014.


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Sources: The Hollywood Reporter  & Deadline

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  1. I too won’t judge until I see the final product. I’m sure we’ll get a trailer by year’s end. That should be when we’ll at least have an idea his good or bad this movie could be. Until then, everyone needs to chill. Remember, Bay is NOT the director, only the producer, and last I checked, the director is the head honcho of a film.

  2. this is gonna suck

  3. Die!

  4. Why aren’t people “willing to judge?” Its not like this project is being made by some unknown creative team. Michael Bay is possibly the worst film-person in modern cinema. His horror reboots started off bad and got progressively work. He is an atrocious director. His screenplays have no heart or soul (or good dialogue, or coherence). Liebsman ius a known quantity too. How can you make something worse than Clash of the Titans? Darkness Falls is one of the worst horror films of all time.

    Nothing against Woodburn (I loved him in Seinfeld), but clearly this means Splinter is going to be a jokester. Woodburn has a very comical voice and why hire him if you aren’t planning to cash in on his humorous aspects? This is terrible. I thank the stars that I am not a TMNT fan so I will not be personally offended by their assault on the property.

  5. I am going to let the absence of my money being spent to see this film speak for itself

  6. ruining the turtles, wow this movie is reminding me of Super Mario Bros. No amount of good actors can make a sh*t script viable

  7. I’m willing to at least watch the movie. I’m not sure how it will be, but I’m excited with Ritchson as Raph.

  8. I like what Ritchson said regardless of what his salary is or not i like it a lot.