With Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, everyone’s favorite shell-sporting superheroes are back. And like the title to this sequel suggests, this time they’re out of the shadows and in the spotlight. But what will Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael and Leonardo do with twice as much screen time (link to news item)? Well, aside from making new friends (link to Casey Jones piece) and new enemies (link to “do right by fans piece”), they’ll be learning more about the true mean of brotherhood and acceptance.

During our set visit for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Screen Rant spoke with titular stars (link to Turtles interview) Alan Ritchson (Raphael), Noel Fisher (Michelangelo), Jeremy Howard (Donatello), and Pete Ploszek (Leonardo) as well as screenwriter Andre Nemec and producer Andrew Form, who were all adamant that this sequel centers on the chemistry and connection between these reptilian brothers. “The comedy and the chemistry of the turtles was what seemed to work the best the first time,” Ritchson offered, “And (that is) what is the emphasis this time.”

Pete Ploszek, who acts as Leonardo with a vocal assist from Johnny Knoxville, concurred, pointing out that the beloved beatbox scene from the 2014 reboot was a guide for the second film, saying, “I think it’s creating opportunities for more of that.”

“Us four as people have a really great natural chemistry that’s been there from the get-go,” Fisher said of his onscreen brothers, “We really genuinely like hanging out and busting each others’ balls, like brothers would. I think that’s the main thing we’re bring along with more of the turtles in this movie. So we got the opportunity to bring all of that energy to it.” He also noted that director David Green, “focuses a lot on the heart of how the brothers interact, showing a lot about the love there. And we get to explore that a lot more this time.”

In a separate interview, Form echoed this sentiment, adding, “It’s all about family and brothers for (Green). And he stepped right into the machine of the movie (with 90% of the same crew and cast from the first film). And he brings that which for me is you know as important as anything.”

While cast and crew were exceedingly tight-lipped on the plot of the new film, Ploszek did share, “What I’m most excited about with this movie is it’s a lot more emotionally driven amongst the brothers. You’re really going to see four brothers being brothers, and fighting and trying to make up and telling each other how they feel…You’re going to see that, and see the four of us realize that we’re pretty different from one another.”

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