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Johnny Knoxville Will Voice A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle
And Tony Shalhoub is Splinter

03 April 2014  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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Changes are afoot (afoot clan?) for the core characters of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which just released its first trailer last week. While the four heroes and other characters such as rat ninja mentor Splinter were embodied by actors in performance capture suits on set, director Jonathan Liebsman is dubbing their voices in post-production. The first two new tonsil jockeys have been named: you’ll hear Johnny Knoxville as Leonardo and Tony Shalhoub as Splinter.

This is apparently something that has been planned for a while, which means that the voice of Michelangelo (played by Noel Fisher in the movie) that you heard in the trailer may end up changing. As for Leo, Knoxville seems like a strange choice since the character is usually the straight arrow leader of the Turtles. Shalhoub makes more sense as Splinter, but it’ll be intriguing to hear how they both work on screen.

The new take on the Turtles has been hit with both delays and fan criticism over tinkering with the main characters’ origin story. We have to admit the trailer didn’t exactly inspire confidence, but the finished movie will be a different beast. With Megan Fox, William Fichtner, Will Arnett, Alan Ritchson, Pete Ploszek, Danny Woodburn, Jeremy Howard and Abby Elliott in the cast, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be out on October 17.


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eh
seems strange to redub at this stage. but as for the trailer, I thought it was prettty promising. looks good to me. More

Posted by hermes16 at 08:55 on 05 April 2014 | Report This Post

As talented as Knoxville and Shalhoub are, and I don't think they'll be particularly terrible in their roles, the trouble with this news comes from the fact that replacing the original lesser-known actors with well-known actors (even if only for voice-acting) defeats the original point of casting unknowns as the turtles: instead of submitting to the performances and actions of the mo-cap turtles in the film, some audiences will not be able to stop focusing on the actor behind the character, i.e. More

Posted by FuturScreenWriter04 at 13:58 on 04 April 2014 | Report This Post

This strikes me as really strange. What's the point of going to all that trouble performance-capturing an actor, just to change his voice in dub? Assuming that was the plan all along, of course, and it's not just that whoever played Leo wasn't working out for whatever reason. More

Posted by britesparc at 13:27 on 04 April 2014 | Report This Post


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