‘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?


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  1. I want a real TMNT movie. Based on the comics n rated R… Michael Bay u suck first you kill starscream n soundwave and now this god awful idea for a movie. Non teenage alien ninja turtle looking creatures… From space

    • Really? A rated R teen age mutant ninja turtles movie? Really? That’s never going to happen no matter who the producer is.

      • I know but that’s what I would want.. N hold true to the comics. I know I am nor gonna hold my breath but just imagine

  2. Danny Woodburn…. That voice…


  3. WELP….I got gonorhea

  4. I’m still excited for this movie. Frankly because I don’t dwell on being in an angry mood over silliness. Its going to be fun. Regardless of whatever changes they make.

    • Ah, to be young.

      • To be young, I don’t get it?

    • @ Leathercheerio

      I’m with you, this will be fun. Let’s wait and see what happens. There will be plenty of time after we see it to rip it. Let’s give them a chance before we blast it. Who knows, maybe they’ll make a great movie.

      • Right?! Lets just take a chill pill and watch the movie. Reviews are written after a movie is seen. Not before.

  5. My prediction: The turtles and their master are ordinary turtles and an old rat getting mutated into humanoid creatures by a meteorite or weird substance FROM SPACE who somehow learn ninjutsu. Shredder is an alien trying to take over the Earth, posing as an army general who secretly employs an army of ninja assassins and a master of ninja art himself. They will clash. Simple.

    … I’m not sure this will end well.

    • I could reallyy see Bay doing that. That’s the saddening part of it all

  6. Honestly i don’t know how this will turn out but i have already decided i wont pay to see it.

    RedBox or Bootleg for me… I got Godzilla an Jurassic park 4 in it’s replacement.

    Unless the trailer is that spectacular i don’t think this will be great an obviously the actor will say it’s awesome.. Don’t they remember what happened to Megan Fox the first time she opened her big trap in Hollywood.

    The dude is an unknown so he’ll try an polish this turd no matter how good or bad it is.

  7. I don’t get how people can already say that they won’t pay for this. These are RUMORS. As long as it isn’t confirmed, wait until they confirm what you think is bad. Then you can cry and b**** around.

    • megan fox as april o’neal


      nuff said

    • They are rumors.. But the studio knows what bad press its getting from people like us on the net.. All they have to do to stop these rumors is say “hey guys they are mutants not aliens, they are teenagers, and its shredder not some dip s*** colonel ” then all this would be put to rest.. But they haven’t which is telling me the rumors are true or pretty close

  8. Sounds lame… I’m betting this bombs. Since Bay is producing, I’m actually hoping it bombs.

  9. I really hope that Mickey from Seinfeld is doing the motion capture and someone else is doing the voice. Someone that sounds…y’know, Japanese. The Ninja Turtles are NOT aliens ‘like’ on facebook.

    • Not sure why he has to be Japanese. In the cartoons he was a Japanese man who merged with his rat, hence being Asian. In the comics he was a mutated rat so he probably learned how to talk hearing the same people the turtles heard so it wouldn’t be far off for him to have a New York accent.

  10. IT’s whatever. I mean, I don’t have any hate towards this thing whatsoever so I’m willing to give this movie a chance. If it sucks it sucks, if it’s decent then it’s decent, but I think I’ll enjoy it regardless.

  11. Reports are wrong? Micheal Bay ISN’T in charge of this project? Megan Fox WASN’T cast as April O’Neil? Bay ISN’T taking the teenage and mutant out of the turtles and saying they are from space?

  12. Yeah, I think they are drumming up all of this nerd rage to keep people talking about it, but I agree…I wish they would just tell us that the turtles are not going to be aliens. ‘Like’ The Ninja Turtles Are Not Aliens on facebook.

  13. I’m guessing that splinter is not going to do any fighting… Alan doesn’t seem like he can walk right let alone do any kind of fighting.

    Damn Splinter’s voice… the old voice of reason backed by generations of wisdom, the calming voice of a parent and assertive voice of a teacher is going to now sound like a raspy old corner man at a boxing match… “ get up Leo, I didn’t hear no bell”

    • or an extremely racist Asian stereoscope, where have i heard that before?

      • stereotype, damn auto correct..

  14. ScreenRant, TMNT was first a comic book, published in 1984. So this is s comic book movie from material that is nearly 30 years old. Get your facts straight!

  15. Is anyone else severely underwhelmed by this cast? I don’t know if it’s just me but this cast combined with some of the rumors adds up to be ninja turds. I’m starting to get quite concerned.

  16. how dare Bay ruin my favorite childhood show with his horrible less than creative dribble

    • Haha! I knew one of you would come along!

  17. reserving judgement until i see some footage.

  18. How does any studio greenlight these idiot ideas? And they wonder why no one shows up to the theater…

  19. I’m reserving judgement until I see footage. On a sidenote take a look at the voice cast for the original movie specifically Splinter. It should really leave you scratching your heads.

    • He didn’t start touching little boys until recently lol.

  20. How about we just scrap this movie all together , detach Bay and re-write the script with a Proper Origin story. I just have a bad feeling about this movie.

    Now , although tweaked somewhat , the new TMNT cartoon on Nick isn’t half bad. I mean I still have my complaints about it but at least it’s still better then this walking disaster.

    I even heard bay is going to put flams on Leo’s shell.

  21. Flames. -points up- Damn computer.

    • At least it wasn’t corrected to “flans”. That’s a weird visual.

  22. I think this is just a big prank on everybody.

  23. This reminds me of when the guy who played the green alien in the Dragon Ball movie went around to all the conventions assuring everyone: that the movie was going to be faithful to the manga and anime, that the director and everyone on board loved the source material and really understood the characters, that this was the best movie he’s been apart of and he’s VERY proud of the movie, and that ALL the crazy rumors about the movie were false.

    Me thinks he doth protest too much. That said, I’m not your run-of-the-mill hater. I’m keeping an open mind. A lot’s riding on the trailer for me.

  24. Unfortunately I’m one of many whose nostalgia for TMNT inevitably attaches me to this project. I’m too old to care whether or not this is a good movie but it bothers me nonetheless.

    I remember hearing similarly bad, early rumors about my other childhood favorite, “Dragonball Evolution.” I pray to the gods this doesn’t turn out as badly as DBZ did, it makes me physically want to harm those responsible.



  25. Of course he’ll say the movie’ll be great! It’s not like he’s going to bash a movie he’s being payed to star in.
    If anything, these casting announcements and plot tid-bits PROVE the movie is on a road to crappyness.

  26. Not once did this guy say “To be a teen age mutant ninja turtle.” Until he says that… nothing he says is reassuring.

  27. Even the co-creator of TMNT, Peter Laird, read the script and said it was terrible.

    “I think all true TMNT fans should be grateful to the new “powers that be” that they did not allow this wretched thing to go any further. It could definitely be taken as a good sign if that is the case.”

    • I’m really hoping this movie does well, not enough people know that there’s so much more to the turtles than martial arts and goofing off.

      Peter Laird said that about the old script, the new script can be entirely different. At this point though, i’m not expecting much, but I can always hope for the best.

  28. As said above, this guy is going to support this garbage. He’s paid to. That being said, the casting is all off, first Megan Fox. Second, a bunch of unknowns for the Ninja Aliens but unknowns aren’t always a bad thing I mean look at the both Evil Dead movies. Anyway, is Mr. Woodburn voicing or doing motion capture or both for Splinter? I too saw Bay in a video clip stating that our beloved turtles are going to be aliens. To which he received a collective BOOOO from the crowd. No surprise there. I’m thinking that, once it is all said and done, this “film” will make the original look Oscar worthy.