Will Arnett Talks ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ & the Vernon Fenwick Character

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 6:56 pm,

Will Arnett on playing Vernon Fenwick in TMNT Will Arnett Talks Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & the Vernon Fenwick Character

A lot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans have mixed feelings about the upcoming reboot from producer Michael Bay (Transformers) and director Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans). It’s always exciting to get a big-budget movie based on a franchise you love, but with that comes the fear of potentially seeing it done all wrong.

One of the casting announcements that has had a generally positive response, however, is Arrested Development star Will Arnett being given the role of Vernon Fenwick, the ambitious but cowardly Channel 6 cameraman who often works with the Turtles’ friend April O’Neil (Megan Fox). We’ve already seen a few set photos of Arnett in the role, but now it’s time to get a little bit closer to the heart of Vernon Fenwick.

According to an Zap2It‘s recent interview with Arnett, Vernon is going to get a personality makeover in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and will be an ally to both the Turtles and April. In the comic books and TV show, Vernon was a bit of a wimp who would occasionally try to steal April’s stories and take credit for them, but Arnett insists that his version of the character is a lot nicer:

“In this version, Vernon is April’s cameraman, so they work together as opposed to being her adversary. He’s a little reluctant when she starts talking about [how] she found these vigilantes and they’re turtles and all this stuff and he kinds of looks at her like she’s crazy. Once the action gets going and she kind of gets in trouble, Vernon steps up and helps her and then he becomes part of it as well. He helps April help the Turtles… There’s some really great action sequences that I’m super psyched for people to see. They were really fun to shoot; very physically demanding… I’m not going to say I’m an action star, but it was fun being in it.”

Vernon Fenwick leaping into action instead of leaping into people’s arms? That must be quite a sight, and could even be an interesting new take on the character. Who knows, perhaps Liebesman will even go for a romance subplot with April and Vernon – nothing brings people together like fighting crime.

Will Arnett to play Vernon Fenwick in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Will Arnett Talks Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & the Vernon Fenwick Character

Arnett will be helping the Turtles to take on classic TMNT villain Shredder, who will be played by William Fichtner (Prison Break) and who is also undergoing some significant character changes for Liebesman’s movie. Screen Rant has learned that Shredder’s name in the new movie will be Eric Sachs, and that he will go through “a few stages in his existence,” whatever that might mean. Composer Brian Tyler has said that the adaptation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the big screen is similar to what Bay did with the Transformers franchise.

Arnett also mentioned in the interview that he has finished filming his scenes for TMNT, and a recent tweet from Bay’s official Twitter feed confirmed that the movie will wrap some time in August. Hopefully that means that it won’t be too much longer before we start seeing some promotional images and footage to begin the hype for TMNT‘s release next summer.

Do you like the idea of Vernon taking a more active role in the plot of TMNT? Tell us how similar – or different – from the comics and TV show you want this reboot to be in the comments.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arrives in theaters on June 6, 2014.

Source: Zap2It [via CBM]

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  1. suff at the words “ Composer Brian Tyler has said that the adaptation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the big screen is similar to what Bay did with the Transformers franchise.

    • Scuff* (Snarl?)

      • I think you meant *scoff*

  2. I could really care less about Vernon. I always thought he sucked anyway. To even speak of him and the changing of his character means little to me. However, this article did say something interesting that makes me think. If “Shredder” goes through “a few stages in his existence” then I am not wondering if he is apart of the alien race (Utroms, Krang, whatever they are going to call them) and if he didnt start out as Oroku Saki and throughout time he changed his existence (Name, etc.). Like they did in the 4Kids version of the franchise (which I admit is my favorite and I feel is the most, but not entirely accurate translation of the original story to date). They actually get Leonardo right in that series (Who knew they ever could?)

  3. I’ll reserve judgment until I see a trailer, although, I will say I’m scared for this to be in Bay’s hands. tmnt was my favorite cartoon growing up so if I’m more emotionally invested in I. If it does well and goes on to form a trilogy I’d love to see bebop, Rocksteady, Metal head, and Baxter Stockman

  4. Good soldiers, this movie will have great action. I can see it now…Slo mo Leonardo FTW!!!

  5. Well, now all the TMNT fans will see how we, the Transformers fans, felt when Bay got his hands on our favorite franchise.

    I also loved TMNT when I was a kid and the cartoon reboot that they did sometime in the early 2000′s was quite good. I was hoping they will do something similar with the live action movie. Alas, as soon as I heard Bay was attached to the project I completely lost all faith that this can be a good film.

    Sorry guys, my condolences. :(

  6. Ok transformers and now tmnt? Not upset actually pretty happy but I need one more movie from Michael Bay……………..MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS

  7. I really just want to see what the turtles will look like with motion capture. When it comes to thestory like I’d much rather see the director stick closer to the original comic story line with shredder seeking to do away with the turtles and splinter as an act if revenge for hamato yoshi killing his brother and he in turn killing yoshi and bringing dishonor to the oroku family for taking unsanctioned revenge. It would give more depth to the story and the character instead of completely changing his backstory to fit the actor involved. Hell they could even tell that part in cut scenes and small moments like have him look at a childhood picture or something along those lines

  8. There gonna hold everything from is including the trailer. So by the time images, trailer, etc, are released it will be too close to release date to change or correct any mistake. The movie has been done since October of 13 and your not gonna publicly release anything yet? You sneaky little Hollywood pukes, go hide in your multimillion dollar offices you have no idea what art is you no childhood having pencil pushing robots