Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans can rejoice Friday (August 8), as everyone’s favorite pizza eating, ninja fighting turtles make a triumphant return to the silver screen. In a press junket this month, Megan Fox spoke her mind, revealing a spunky and thoughtful actress. The film’s writers and director also chimed in any gave valuable insight into the film’s production.
How do you feel about getting type casted? Was it a relief breaking the mold a bit as April O’Neil?
Megan Fox: “I really don’t give a …. what other people think and what they try to stereotype me as. I’m not ashamed of who I am, there’s a lot more to me than that.” The actress recanted what she said right after her initial interview for April O’Neil’s part, “It’s ok if you don’t cast me. I’ll be in the audience regardless.”
How much work went into building each Ninja Turtle?
Jonathan Liebesman (Director): We put a lot of work into ensuring each turtle would have their own character. Moms can even tell the difference.
We noticed the use of a lot of gadgets by the teen turtles. Can you explain the importance of that?
Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Evan Daugherty (Writers): It only made sense. We wanted our turtles to reflect what kids and teens do today. Leonardo, Rafael, Michelangelo, and Donatello are still teenagers after all.
We didn’t hear “Cowabunga” nearly as often as we imagined.
Writers: We were careful to craft our own narrative and plot. While there’s less Cowabunga, the brother element remains untouched and continues to be the focal point of our film.