EXCLUSIVE: ComicBookMovie Sits Down With The TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

EXCLUSIVE: ComicBookMovie Sits Down With The TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

<font color=red>EXCLUSIVE:</font> ComicBookMovie Sits Down With The TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is now available on Blu-ray/DVD! To promote the release, we were granted an exclusive opportunity to chat with the stars of the film, so come take a look as CBM's own KingPatel sits down with Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, & Noel Fisher!

Earlier this week, I had the chance to sit down and chat with three of the stars from Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! The Michael Bay-produced film was a success at the box office grossing over $477M and was quickly given the go ahead for a sequel, which is due out June 3, 2016. Take a look below at my extensive conversation with Pete Ploszek (Leonardo), Jeremy Howard (Donatello), and Noel Fisher (Michelangelo). Unfortunately, Alan Ritchson (Raphael) was unavailble, as he was hard at work on his upcoming film, Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland.

Also, don't forget that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is currently out on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD, so if you haven't picked it up already, you can do so by clicking HERE!



Rohan (CBM): Hey guys, hope you're all doing well. It's great to speak with you. Just wanted to start off by saying congratulations on the success of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, opened in a tough spot, the weekend after Guardians of the Galaxy, but managed to really carve its own path and hold its own.

All 3: Thank you. Appreciate it.


Rohan (CBM): Yeah, no problem, it was a fun time. Personally, I really enjoyed the chemistry between the four of you turtles. You guys were all great and really came across like brothers. Could you take me through the process of how you built that chemistry? Was it difficult to build a rapport, to form that sort of camraderie? Or did you all just click from the get go?

Noel: We all really hate each other.


*Everyone laughs*

Pete: I think sort of the beauty of the process in coming together was that in casting they tried out a number of combinations, a sort of round robin set up, that they would use to sort of mix and match and swap in and out actors till they found camaraderie and kind of found that brotherhood, so really by the end of that audtion process, we felt like we were really clicking, and firing on all cylinders and so once we were cast, it really happened fast, we were really hitting the ground running at that point and so taking that to set was pretty seamless.


Rohan (CBM): You guys have starred in a variety of different things, primarily comedies from Pete's work on Parks & Recreation to Jeremy's work on Accepted & Scrubs to Noel's work on Shameless & Final Destination 2. Was it a difficult transition from these smaller comedies to such a huge film like TMNT?

Jeremy: Yeah, I think, and to go back to answer your first question as well, along with the transitional aspect of things, anytime your doing a giant big-budget movie like this, it’s different than anything small that you’re doing. On a film like Accepted or a show like Parks & Rec that Pete was on, a show like Shameless that Noel does, I work on a show called Mighty Med during the year most of the time and it’s very different. Everything takes a lot longer, you’re waiting around a lot more, the scope of what you’re doing, there are so many more people that care about a movie like Turtles than some of these smaller projects that we’re on and you definitely feel that weight, you feel pretty responsible to get it right and I think the filmmakers certainly felt that, but we as actors felt that as well.

I think coming into this film, it was the first day of rolling, all four of us really had a great camaraderie already, because we got together and had gotten to know each other, and were already able to pal and kid around like crazy. By the time they called action, we were really brothers, after that it only grew stronger, as time went on and through the whole process of the film coming out, we all were with each other, spent more time together and hopefully the sequel, we’re able to tell more stories with that bond that we all have and I think it really shows on screen like you said. We’re pretty proud of that.


Noel: I think the biggest change for me, the biggest difference between, well there’s a billion differences between doing a TV show like Shameless or any of the other things Jeremy mentioned versus something like Ninja Turtles, but the biggest thing that pops out to me more so than the vibe or the comedy kind of element, which I feel the brothers all had, and we all had together as actors and as friends. That all happened kind of naturally.

The biggest single difference I can think of is the learning curve that was involved with just learning to shoot with this technology and the whole motion capture experience. That was the biggest difference for me cause that takes a little getting used to. Laugh. That was one of the greatest parts too cause it was kind of trial by fire for all of us. We all either figured it out together or we all crashed and burned. And there’s too much pressure to get this right. That really just helped bond the four of us more, we were just leaning on each other to crack this technology, just to figure it out.


Rohan (CBM): Nice. So, of course this is a big budget action film and with that comes the need for some impressive action sequences. Your film certainly didn't disappoint in that department as there were more than a few impressive fight sequences including the snow chase scene, the fights with Shredder, etc. Was there anything from the script that you guys were looking forward to shooting or actually did shoot, but for whatever reason didn't actually make the final cut?

Jeremy: I say, some of the most exciting things that the incredible stunt team came up with, obviously there’s a lot of great action in the film, but there’s some sequences that we rehearsed, and they had choreographed stuff done, scenes that they shot even and it didn’t make it into the movie, these stunt guys were incredible, and I was certainly disappointed that a lot of their amazing work did not end up on screen, but certainly a lot of it did, which is awesome, but as far as that goes, there was quite a bit that they did that the public will never end up seeing sadly, but again there’s room for more stories in the coming years hopefully.


Noel: Yeah, I think that’s one of things I’m really looking forward to in the sequels hopefully is just the opportunity to get to work with 8711 again. That was the stunt crew that did this movie and they really are the best. Pete was talking about being able to lean on each other and that’s kind of another unique aspect of motion capture is that you’re leaning on people, like those guys to do their thing and they’re basically real-life ninjas and cause you really want to be able to bring that element to the turtles cause that’s such a huge part of who they are and man, those guys brought it in spades. A lot of the stuff did end up on the cutting room floor, as I think with most movies that happens, but yeah I mean you know that would be a whole other thing to be able to watch just all the stuff that they’re able to come up with on the spot. They’re absolutely incredible.


Rohan (CBM): Yeah, I was able to check out a few of the special features, the stunt crew looked amazing. So, how good did you guys actually get with your respective weapons? Leo's katanas, Mikey's nunchucks, Donny's bö staff, and Raph's sais?

Pete: We spent a month working with 8711 and essentially having private individual training sessions with each of our weapons and learning them. You really get a feel for it and I think what’s most important for us as actors because 8711 was going to be handling the bulk of the fight sequences, what was important for me was learning mannerisms, learning postures, you know how do you handle katanas, how do you holster katanas, how do you strike a stance or open a fight, how do you close a fight, those sorts of things and they were great with that and so much of the training with katanas, it forms Leo as the most disciplined of the group, as the rule follower, even in his own fighting style, so that was really exciting to see. I wouldn’t trust myself with real live ones now, but I got a head start, I’d like to think.



Noel: Dude, I go out all the time on the town and I just get in fights with my nunchucks.


Pete: I believe it. I tell you man, Mikey.. Noel got pretty damn good if I’m not mistaken. *Laughs*


Noel: I’ll fight you Pete! I’ll fight you! Let’s meet up somewhere and I will fight you for real!


Pete: Oh no! *Laughs*


Jeremy: Speaking of fighting, we all, the three of us found it funny that Alan Ritchson thought, that in a battle of all of our weapons, that he would win with his twin sais.


Pete: *Laughs* There’s no way, we beat that one back pretty quickly.


Rohan (CBM): When you were cast, did you find that you were similar to your respective character or did you find that you were considerably different? 

Noel: I think that we all have aspects that we get to bring out of our own personalities that are really similar. The first thing that pops out to me is that Jeremy is like incredibly smart.


Pete: Genius, a damn genius.


Noel: He’s basically a genius, so those aspects of each other, of these characters really kind of gets to filter out into and gets brought out a lot in the characters. You can give a big shoutout to the casting director Debbie Zane, who did a really good job of finding people that could really bring out those very individual, very unique kind of flavors that all the turtles have.


Jeremy: Yeah, I agree. I think Noel’s a very much a fun-loving guy and obviously when you’re playing a character, characters like these, specifically in his circumstance, he’s taking that to the next level. I mean Noel’s a joker, but he’s not Michelangelo-level, no one is. *Noel laughs* Same way as Donatello is a million times smarter than me, I didn’t know any of that computer technical jargon, but I’m great with an iPhone, you know, *Laughs* but you know everything, the faces, the building blocks are all there.

I think certainly Pete really brings that strong leadership quality in his life, you get a great sense that he has a lot self-respect, he’s great at making decisions, same with Alan, Alan can be a little bit hot, hot-headed, not badly, but just in terms of, you know he’ll put his foot down if he feels strongly about something, the same with Raphael would. But at the same time, all four of us have a great sense of humor and I think all of that kind of comes together and then we kind of push those aspects to the 100-fold to bring these characters to life and really bring out their uniqueness, but they come from a really real place.


Noel: Pete is super, super.. *Phone breaks up*


Pete: Oh, what’s that Noel? You broke up, can you repeat that buddy? *Laughs*

I think that dynamic really came together in the elevator scene and I think because that was born out of all of the play and all of the nonsense that we were getting into on-set, off-camera to kill downtime and I watch that and I think about just how lucky we are, for Pablo (Helman) to have captured all that and for Liebesman to allow that to get in the movie, because that just came out of us being us around each other and then you step back and look at it and you realize that we’re a lot closer to these characters than we ever thought we were.






 
*Final Question Warning*

Rohan (CBM): Well, I guess we can just move on to talk of the sequel. We've heard a few rumors so far from Earth to Echo director Dave Green possibly directing to possible appearances from Casey Jones, Bebop & Rocksteady, Krang, etc. What do you guys think of all these rumors and is there anything about the sequel that you already know and can share?

Jeremy: Are you sure you don’t want to ask another question for your last question? Cause I’ll tell you something, we know absolutely zero.


*Everyone laughs*

Pete: We know nothing!


Jeremy: Literally we haven’t even gotten a phone call, we’re reading online all the stuff you are.


Rohan (CBM): Oh okay, well then, let's finish on this, are there any current superhero roles out there that interest you? Marvel? DC? Power Rangers?

Pete: Man..


Noel: I’m a big nerd when it comes to all that stuff. Pretty much any superhero, I love the superhero kind of vibe.. or supervillain! Maybe a supervillain! Jeremy, you need to play a supervillain for sure. You could be dynamite.


*Jeremy laughs*

Noel: Marvel, Marvel you listening? Jeremy Howard.


http://comicsgeek.ru/_pu/20/60200148.jpgPete: I do love all the mash-ups that we’re starting to see. And all the generations of comic book characters coming and clashing and overlapping. I just saw that there’s a Turtles comic book series out with the Ghostbusters now


*Noel laughs*

Jeremy: Whaatt!


Pete: Yeah I’m serious, nothing’s off-limits anymore, I think that’s pretty exciting. I think people are going to be able to do a lot with that, with that sort of stuff.


Noel: Okay, so you’re saying like a Ninja Turtle-Hello Kitty crossover?


*Jeremy laughs*

Pete: *Laughs* Easy, easy Noel, easy.


Jeremy: I love all of them too, I’m with Noel, Marvel, DC, I see all those films, I love them.


Rohan (CBM): But, if you had to pick one hero 

Jeremy: I would make a great Superman, if the offer came in, I would say yes to playing Batman. Let’s just throw that out there. I think that answers your question, right? *Laughs*


Pete: I love the stuff they’re doing with all the teams, with the Suicide Squad and the Sinister Six. I think that’s exciting stuff.


Jeremy: Yeah, that’s awesome. It’s pretty cool, all the Avengers stuff, it’s crazy they’re able to do that and obviously they feel like they have the budgets for all that cause the movies are so freaking successful. Cause obviously that takes a lot to bring those big stars together and all the effects work alone.


Rohan (CBM): Yeah, feels like everyone wants to build something after all of Marvel's success, Spider-Man's working on stuff, the X-Men, etc.

Noel: Yeah, think I just read something about the Fantastic Four and the X-Men now, teaming up, spin-off


Jeremy: Wowww. Wow.


Pete: I think there should just be a WWE royal rumble where it’s just two hours of them fighting and there can only be one that lives.


*Everyone laughs*

Jeremy: And that’s going to be starring the three of us, so for the record, we’re already involved in that project


Noel: We’ll be playing all of the characters


Rohan (CBM): Sounds good to me.

Pete: None of its motion capture though.


*Big laugh from all 3*

Rohan (CBM): Well, thank you everyone, it's been a real pleasure. Hope you guys have a great holiday! Looking forward to the sequel.

All 3: Thanks Rohan! Have a good one. 



The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles features:
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Pete Ploszek/Johnny Knoxville as Leonardo
Alan Ritchson as Raphael
Noel Fisher as Michelangelo
Jeremy Howard as Donatello
Megan Fox as April O'Neil
William Fichtner as Eric Sacks
Danny Woodburn/Tony Shalhoub as Splinter
Will Arnett as Vernon Fenwick
Minae Noji as Karai
Whoopi Goldberg as Bernadette Thompson
Abby Elliott as Taylor
Tohoru Masamune as Oroku Saki/Shredder


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is out on Blu-ray/DVD NOW!

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