Will Arnett is the kind of quick-witted funnyman who is to be appreciated not only because he steals most scenes he’s in, but because he makes for a delightfully challenging interview. If you’re not paying attention he’s liable to use his persuasive baritone voice to distract you into thinking your idea was actually his and make jokes about screen ranting at your expense.
Case in point, Screen Rant recently sat down with Arnett for a lively discussion about his role in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and were faced with the above challenges. We managed to keep things professional and maintain a mostly straight face to discuss important subjects like: how much Michael Bay-style action his character got into, the chances his character Vern might mutate in a sequel, the migration patterns of giant Galapagos Tortoises and why Michelangelo isn’t date-worthy -no matter Megan Fox’s statement to the contrary.
You’re in a Michael Bay-produced Ninja Turtle movie, were you excited about all of the potential explosions and stunts and were you satisfied with how many you got to do?
Yes it was very exciting at the prospect of doing a Michael Bay produced huge summertime and we shot some great stuff. There are some sequences in there I am so excited about and excited for people to see and some fight scenes I was disappointed aren’t in the final film but they don’t really make sense for the final product so that’s okay. Believe me I don’t want to go on a screen rant about it…
You could. We would welcome it.
I could? Would that be okay with you guys, if I went on a screen rant? But it was such a fun process making this movie, it was very physical everyday but I really welcomed it.
Was there any talk on set of setting things up for sequels? If we’ll see Shredder’s super dome or further mutation experimentation?
Yeah there was some talk about some things but again that’s not really my place to discuss things of that nature.
Did you feel like you needed to soak up any extra Turtles information ahead of filming or did you just rely on the screenplay for that?
You mean Ninja Turtles or practical turtles?
I learned about migration habits of turtles in the Galapagos.
Yeah? Interesting stuff or did it put you to sleep?
Super interesting. Do I look interested? [Closes eyes, pretending to sleep] It was this interesting. No, I had a cursory knowledge already because my kids are big fans of the Nickelodeon show so I know who the characters were. I knew their names and also what their thin slice character descriptions were and what their likes and dislikes were going into it, so I was already familiar with the world.
We see some mutations happening, would you be into or is there any hope or plan for Vern to stumble into some ooze or something like that?
That would be awesome. That’s a great idea but they already had that idea, registered trademark. I just said registered trademark that means it’s official.
I’m still going to play this back and take a cut if it happens.
I told you we already had that idea, whatever it was. We have the emails to prove it. But yeah that would be really cool, I would like to play a mutated version of Vern, kind of ripping through his shirt, it would be super hot.
Last question, Vern does a sorta good job flirting with April but so does Michelangelo. Who do you think would make the better date?
Well I mean no disrespect, but he’s a turtle and he’s a teenager. Vern is a man.
I think so, yes.
No, yes so!
Ha you’re right, it’s an actual fact.
Right, that’s an actual fact.
So he’d be more fun?
Way [more fun].
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hits theaters August 8, 2014.