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Interview TMNT: Out of the Shadows Actors, Director, Producer & Screenwriters

By June 08, 2016 , ,

During the press junket for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, I joined the interviews with TMNT 2 cast.

Note: Hosted by Paramount Pictures, I was invited as media to the movie screening and press junket interviews. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

After the cast, I joined the interview the Director, Producer, Screenwriters and the actual guys in the costumes as Michelangelo, Donatello, and Leonardo.

Sorry Raphael wasn't there. *tear*

Joining the interviews during the second part of the TMNT 2 Junket were

  • Andrew Form - Producer
  • Brad Fuller Producer
  • Dave Green - Director
  • Andre Nemec - Screenwriter
  • Josh Appelbaum - Screenwriter
  • Noel Fisher - Michelangelo
  • Pete Ploszek - Leonardo
  • Jeremy Howard - Donatello

On introducing Bebop, Rocksteady, Casey Jones and Baxter Stockman, the Screenwriters shared

There were there during development on the first one (TMNT film), we always talked about Casey Jones and Bebop and Rocksteady. There was no room in the movie for them. But Baxter was in the original. He has a cameo in the first movie for about 18 frames.

On the evolution of the TMNT in the sequel, the TMNT actors shared

Pete Ploszek - Leonardo: I think with Leo, what was really fun to explore was seeing where his breaking point is. You know, Leo’s always been the leader, the do-gooder, the one who’s by the book. And I think because of that, a bit of a almost silent sufferer where he won’t show weakness. He won’t show emotion like these other guys can.

But everyone sort of has a breaking point, and it was sort of exploring how, what does it take to push Leo to that edge where he’s gonna speak his mind, and he’s gonna tell these guys how he feels? And, yeah, really sort of that balancing act was fun to come up against.

Jeremy Howard - Donatello: I think these guys, as they grow older, especially in this film, you see it’s that the individuality really starts to come out. And as the team, it’s a question of can we keep this team together, these guys with all the unique traits that they have, and work as a team?

And, I think that’s the challenge that your character has, kind of deciding what can I do to bring these guys together to kind of save the planet?

Noel Fisher - Michelangelo I think for this movie in particular, I was really excited because the turtles have a really specific arch that you get to see, and it explores that family dynamic that makes the turtles kind of that timeless. You know what I mean?

And for Mikey specifically, I really liked the idea that he’s sort of the youngest out of everyone. He’s very much the youngest feeling. And so the idea that he might get to be accepted in the rest of society, and not have to necessarily be a turtle anymore is like a really strong pull for him. So I that was what I really wanted to see, what that was like, get back in that teenage, I wanna be like everybody else kind of mode.

On the appeal of the turtles and why everyone love them, the Producer and Director shared

I think it’s easy to connect to those characters because everyone at one point or another has been, a teenager or has been close to being a teenager. And, those characters are just very easy to connect with, and they have teenager logic. You know, they’re not always sharp. They’re not always logical, and they improvise, and they are a family, and they are brothers. And these guys were amazing at bringing that to life.

I'd say everyone did an amazing job bring the TMNT characters and world to life. Make sure to see the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows now in theaters!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows Poster


Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael return to theaters this summer to battle bigger, badder villains, alongside April O’Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell).

After supervillain Shredder escapes custody, he joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) and two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (WWE Superstar Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly), to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world.

As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater evil with similar intentions: the notorious Krang

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