A Brutally Honest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 Interview

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Laura Linney in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Who does she play?

Howard: Raph's mom.

Ploszek: She plays… police chief, Rebecca Vincent, the bureau chief, with whom we have a, um… on-again, off-again relationship?

You’re all dating the police chief, is that how this ends?

Fisher: No! (General commotion.)

Has the design of your characters been tweaked at all, do you know?

Ritchson: Yeah, little enhancements here and there.

Ploszek: We aren’t wearing the same clothes, I guess you could put it that way. I forget exactly how much time has passed.

Howard: Leo’s tossed his loincloth.

Ploszek: I come in, they blur me from my waist down the whole movie.

Because family friendly.

Ploszek: I believe this storyline takes place eight or nine months--

Studio rep: Two years.

Ploszek: Two years. Two years?

Studio rep: We’re going on real time.

Ploszek: …Two years since the last one. So just with that comes the changes from the lair to what we’re wearing, to our gear. And merchandising, obviously. Can’t merchandise stuff you already wore the last movie.

Ritchson: It's true.

Howard: Donny’s a lot less gear in this one, which I think some fans will be excited about. I’m excited about that too. I think he was a little prop-heavy in the first one.

Fisher: But wasn’t Pablo saying they were actually a little bit less bulky? Just like a little tiny bit in terms of our movement, he really wanted us to have… Just a little bit. We’ve done more cardio. We’ve focused more on cardio.

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Cutting out pizza a little bit?

Ritchson: It’s gluten-free pizza now.

When you guys were planning on your physical performances, did you look at actual turtles at all?

Fisher: I did, I did! I don’t know that we were — I haven’t been able to put really that much into it.

Ritchson: I watched a video of this turtle doing it.

(Laughs.) We (the very professional reporters) were just talking about that! It was unrelated to the movie though.

Ritchson: I watch it all the time.

Purely for science purposes.

Fisher: It’s very creepy sounds.

Ritchson: It super is.

Let’s hear your imitation.

Ritchson: It’s actually the best.

Fisher: (Makes turtle sex noises that are dead on.) (General laughter.) (Studio rep reminds us we can't use the audio for the interview.)

Ritchson: The problem is gonna be how to spell that sound.

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How far into the shoot are you right now?

Ritchson: We’re right past the halfway point. … That flies by. It’s so much more…

Howard: Halfway, but we have like 80% of our stuff still to do. Yeah, we had a human-heavy schedule in the beginning and a turtle-heavy back end.

Just motion-wise, did you work at all with Bebop since he’s the new guy?

Ritchson: Is this some kind of… Am I getting faked?

Fisher: They’re cornering us!

Well, I mean, we’ve seen Bebop and Rocksteady. Like, those photos are out.

Ritchson: (Jokingly) No, you haven’t.

Ploszek: We haven’t worked with them yet. But I got a chance to meet them. I don’t know if you guys have.

Fisher: I haven’t, no.

Ploszek: They’re great. You see them and you get it right away.

Fisher: We’ve been secluded.

Any jealousy that they get to appear on cameras themselves?

Ritchson: (Jokingly.) Um, no.

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Have you guys run by, like, ‘Well, we could just be in the background of a scene.’ You could just be like featured extras that have no lines.

Fisher: That’s something that I love about the first Turtles movie, is that some of those guys are on it. What’s the one that you always like?

Ploszek: It’s the guy that played Raf in that. Raf leaps over from the can. It’s like, what the hell was that? That’s him.

Fisher: We just run in front of the camera.

I know you can’t spoil too much, but is there one set piece or action sequence that you think is going to be the highlight of the movie?

Ploszek: The car chase.

Ritchson: I would say the opening, the first act.

Fisher: Yeah, the car chase.

Ritchson: The first act is essentially a giant, amazing action sequence. The film starts out super explosive and it just doesn’t let up. We’ve actually seen some of it already cut together and it’s pretty mind blowing.

Fisher: But then again, the final scene, we haven’t seen, we have no idea what that’s going to be, and that could be great.

Ritchson: Yeah, that’s true. Yeah, so far I think the opening act is pretty amazing.

Ploszek: Yeah, and I think the quieter moments between us four are gonna be fun and powerful, too. To see us going at it.

Howard: Yeah, you’ll see some turtles losing their tempers in this one.

Fisher: (Joking) Mikey kills all of them.

Ritchson: (One-upping) Donny has a drug addiction.

Studio rep: Don’t write that.

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“TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS” is the sequel to the 2014 hit film “TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES.” The film is based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtlescharacters created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman and is directed by David Green (“EARTH TO ECHO”). Michael Bay (the “TRANSFORMERS franchise) returns to produce alongside his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (“ TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES”), with Galen Walker and Scott Mednick (“TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES”) also producing.

Also returning for the sequel is Megan Fox (“TRANSFORMERS”) as April O’Neil, Will Arnett (“Arrested Development”) as Vernon Fenwick and the Turtles: Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Noel Fisher as Michelangelo, Pete Ploszek at Leonardo, and Jeremy Howard as Donatello. Rounding out the cast is Stephen Amell (“Arrow,”) as Casey Jones, Tyler Perry (“GONE GIRL”, the “MADEA” franchise) as Baxter Stockman, Academy Award nominated actress Laura Linney (“The Big C”, “LOVE ACTUALLY”) as Chief Rebecca Vincent, Brian Tee (“JURASSIC WORLD”) as Shredder, WWE World Heavy Weight Champion Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly as Rocksteady and Gary Anthony Williams (“THE INTERNSHIP”) as Bebop.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows opens June 3rd, 2016.

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