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Confirmed! William Fichtner will be Shredder in the TMNT reboot

Jun. 24, 2013by: Jesse Giroux

Fichtner/Shredder

When it was announced last month that William Fichtner had signed on for an iconic role in the TEENAGE MUTNAT NINJA TURTLES pretty much everyone assumed he was going to be Shredder in the reboot. There may have been some Krang super fans out there that were hopeful but in an interview with Huffpost TV Canada the actor let it slip that he will indeed be playing the villainous Shredder in the new film.

I play Shredder. It is cool. It's one of those things that came along where I thought, "Really? Let me think about this for a minute." [Laughs] Then I was like, "Yeah, OK, this sounds like a journey." I'm very glad that it worked out, I'm really glad that I'm doing it.

It was pretty clear from the start who Fichtner would be playing in the reboot but it's always nice to have something like this confirmed. I always enjoy his work and he does a fantastic job playing villains so I'm a little excited to see what he brings to the character. I'm hoping the film ends up being a bit darker than the animated series so Fichtner will really get a chance to shine but even if it isn't necessarily gritty I'm sure William Fichtner will still be a great Shredder.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES with Megan Fox, Pete Ploszek, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Alan Ritchson, Danny Woodburn, Will Arnett and Whoopi Goldberg hits theaters June 6th, 2014.

Extra Tidbit: William Fichtner and Vincent D'Onofrio in STRANGE DAYS are probably the scariest corrupt cop duo in film. If they were real cops and I got pulled over by the two of them I would instantly lose about ten pounds because of all the shit I'd be depositing into my pants.

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9:32AM on 06/24/2013
sooooooo. they couldnt get a Japanese guy to play Shredder. I like the dude, but come on. guess this is a reimagining of the TMNT just like everything else thats come out involving character thats already been established.
sooooooo. they couldnt get a Japanese guy to play Shredder. I like the dude, but come on. guess this is a reimagining of the TMNT just like everything else thats come out involving character thats already been established.
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9:32AM on 06/24/2013
sooooooo. they couldnt get a Japanese guy to play Shredder. I like the dude, but come on. guess this is a reimagining of the TMNT just like everything else thats come out involving character thats already been established.
sooooooo. they couldnt get a Japanese guy to play Shredder. I like the dude, but come on. guess this is a reimagining of the TMNT just like everything else thats come out involving character thats already been established.
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11:07AM on 06/24/2013

Yikes

I love Mr. Fitchner, he is a great actor and is a joy to see in all of his roles. With that being sad, this TMNT movie is so miscasted. April O'Neil, the turtles, now Shredder?! Nobody that has been casted so far makes any sense in terms of characterization. I thought Shredder was asian... Wasn't he a master of a dojo hence the foot clan and all that good stuff. It seems this movie will succeed in raping everyones childhood. No way will it hold up to the first live action movie, or any of the
I love Mr. Fitchner, he is a great actor and is a joy to see in all of his roles. With that being sad, this TMNT movie is so miscasted. April O'Neil, the turtles, now Shredder?! Nobody that has been casted so far makes any sense in terms of characterization. I thought Shredder was asian... Wasn't he a master of a dojo hence the foot clan and all that good stuff. It seems this movie will succeed in raping everyones childhood. No way will it hold up to the first live action movie, or any of the cartoons. This is going to be worse than TMNT 3.
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11:33AM on 06/24/2013
Shredder is very very VERY strictly supposed to be a JAPANESE man named Oroku Saki.
Shredder is very very VERY strictly supposed to be a JAPANESE man named Oroku Saki.
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12:53PM on 06/24/2013

(a bit lengthy) Disappointing that

Hollywood is still so reticent about casting Asians in any significant way (still stuck in the roles of female eye candy, bit comic relief, or the older wise character imparting mystical knowledge to the white male protagonist). I remember reading an essay recently that was talking about how progressive the Fast & Furious franchise is, and how it's really the only series challenging racial stereotypes and breaking down racial boundaries in terms of depiction on screen. it's interesting, and at
Hollywood is still so reticent about casting Asians in any significant way (still stuck in the roles of female eye candy, bit comic relief, or the older wise character imparting mystical knowledge to the white male protagonist). I remember reading an essay recently that was talking about how progressive the Fast & Furious franchise is, and how it's really the only series challenging racial stereotypes and breaking down racial boundaries in terms of depiction on screen. it's interesting, and at the very least food for thought.

Apologists will point to Jet Li and Jackie Chan, but they are exceptions to the rule. Ken Watanabe, for instance, should be a MUCH bigger star than he is, but has thus been relegated to smaller (albeit influential) roles, and more often than not his characters fall into the 'mystical Asian' stereotype (Batman Begins, Inception, The Last Samurai). It will be a great day in Hollywood when someone like Ken gets handed the lead in a film (any film! Even a modestly budgeted, 15 or 20 mil dollar film).

To circle back to Fast & Furious, here is hoping that it helps show that Asian characters can become a cinematic norm, and we see less of White actors being cast in historically Asian roles (Shredder), and more of Asian actors stepping into the limelight. We certainly have come along way from Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany's, but there is still a ways to go yet.
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7:20PM on 06/24/2013
I like him as an actor, but shouldn't Shredder be asian?
I like him as an actor, but shouldn't Shredder be asian?
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11:02AM on 06/24/2013

Uhh yeah....

'cause Willam Fichtner would play a GREAT japanese dude. smh. Love the guy and all but that's pretty damn whacked out. What were they thinking??
'cause Willam Fichtner would play a GREAT japanese dude. smh. Love the guy and all but that's pretty damn whacked out. What were they thinking??
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12:03PM on 06/24/2013

will.

they ever stop white washing films? Another white dude playing a role that should be played by a Japanese guy.
they ever stop white washing films? Another white dude playing a role that should be played by a Japanese guy.
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8:52PM on 06/24/2013
The guy is a great underrated actor, but they should have casted an Asian actor for an Asian character.
The guy is a great underrated actor, but they should have casted an Asian actor for an Asian character.
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10:00AM on 06/24/2013

YOu reimagine stuff and suddenly everything should be American

..lol
..lol
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4:32PM on 06/24/2013
Not that Fichtner is bad, he's a great actor, but Hiroyuki Sanada should have been Shedder...
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Not that Fichtner is bad, he's a great actor, but Hiroyuki Sanada should have been Shedder...
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6:10PM on 06/24/2013
I don't know who these idiots are who gave you thumbs down. Hiroyuki Sanada would have been absolutely IDEAL as Shredder.
I don't know who these idiots are who gave you thumbs down. Hiroyuki Sanada would have been absolutely IDEAL as Shredder.
8:53PM on 06/25/2013
Fuck yeah!
Fuck yeah!
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3:07PM on 06/24/2013

Ken Watanabe should have played Shredder, id have thought an asian as the Shredder was a no brainer

This entire film production has been a train wreck since day one..

Love the fact that Oroku Saki is being played by a white guy, this would only lead me to believe that the Shredder is now NOT Oroku Saki, and his origins will be changed.
This entire film production has been a train wreck since day one..

Love the fact that Oroku Saki is being played by a white guy, this would only lead me to believe that the Shredder is now NOT Oroku Saki, and his origins will be changed.
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2:19PM on 06/24/2013
Just shut up and make me a TMNT vs Battletoads movie
Just shut up and make me a TMNT vs Battletoads movie
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1:14PM on 06/24/2013
No offense to William Fitchner or anything, but he doesn't look Asian... wait a minute! He ISN'T Asian.
No offense to William Fitchner or anything, but he doesn't look Asian... wait a minute! He ISN'T Asian.
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12:34PM on 06/24/2013

Awesome...why don't they...

...make the turtles be frogs instead? Yeah I know the title has "turtles" in it and everyone calls them "turtles," but they will actually look like frogs. Yeah.
...make the turtles be frogs instead? Yeah I know the title has "turtles" in it and everyone calls them "turtles," but they will actually look like frogs. Yeah.
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11:03AM on 06/24/2013

Ahahaha

And here I was hoping Whoopi Goldberg was Shredder.

What a fucking mess this project is.
And here I was hoping Whoopi Goldberg was Shredder.

What a fucking mess this project is.
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7:18PM on 06/24/2013
I like him as an actor, but shouldn't Shredder be asian?
I like him as an actor, but shouldn't Shredder be asian?
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10:58AM on 06/24/2013
I fear for who they'll cast for Casey Jones.
I fear for who they'll cast for Casey Jones.
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11:33AM on 06/24/2013
Abigail Breslin
Abigail Breslin
2:05PM on 06/24/2013
Morgan Freeman, instead of using a hockey stick and cricket bat, he'll narrate his foes to unconsciousness.
Morgan Freeman, instead of using a hockey stick and cricket bat, he'll narrate his foes to unconsciousness.
2:17PM on 06/24/2013
Kim Kardashian is gonna be Kasey Big Ass Jones.
Kim Kardashian is gonna be Kasey Big Ass Jones.
10:07AM on 06/24/2013
Are they still going with that staggeringly bad idea of having him be "Colonel Schrader" as in the leaked script segments?
Are they still going with that staggeringly bad idea of having him be "Colonel Schrader" as in the leaked script segments?
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11:10AM on 06/24/2013
Wait, what?? Please tell me this is a joke and there was no leaked script. Every platinum dunes movie has had its script leaked and they were all spot on... So if you are saying there is a leaked script with a Colonel Schrader in it then there is a 99% chance that is true...
Wait, what?? Please tell me this is a joke and there was no leaked script. Every platinum dunes movie has had its script leaked and they were all spot on... So if you are saying there is a leaked script with a Colonel Schrader in it then there is a 99% chance that is true...
11:36AM on 06/24/2013
Unfortunately, I didn't make this up. I think Paramount ordered the script to be taken down off the internet and I only got glimpses at snippets, but here's a summary of what was in it over on screenrant. [link]
Unfortunately, I didn't make this up. I think Paramount ordered the script to be taken down off the internet and I only got glimpses at snippets, but here's a summary of what was in it over on screenrant. [link]
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5:58PM on 06/24/2013

We're not racists after all

After all the hoopla about racism because Michael B Jordan was being considered for Johnny Storm instead of a white character (Which wouldn't make sense with the whole Sue Storm thing). Now look at the uproar of people because a white guy is cast in a Japanese character's role. It goes both ways, there's no racism intended.
After all the hoopla about racism because Michael B Jordan was being considered for Johnny Storm instead of a white character (Which wouldn't make sense with the whole Sue Storm thing). Now look at the uproar of people because a white guy is cast in a Japanese character's role. It goes both ways, there's no racism intended.
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7:23PM on 06/24/2013

Fichtner's roles in "The Dark Knight" & "TMNT"

Bank Director: "What do you believe in, huh? What do you believe in?!"

"I believe whatever doesn't kill you simply makes you....SHREDDER!"
Bank Director: "What do you believe in, huh? What do you believe in?!"

"I believe whatever doesn't kill you simply makes you....SHREDDER!"
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1:00PM on 06/24/2013

Yeah....

Shredder is Japanese. (as we all know)
Shredder is Japanese. (as we all know)
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1:46PM on 06/24/2013

Interesting....

Good for him! He's a underrated actor and his always good in his roles.
Doesn't mean the movie will be good, but good for him!
Good for him! He's a underrated actor and his always good in his roles.
Doesn't mean the movie will be good, but good for him!
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6:13PM on 06/24/2013

He's not playing Shredder

He's playing Cheddar.
Teenage Pepperjack Cheez-whiz Turdholes
He's playing Cheddar.
Teenage Pepperjack Cheez-whiz Turdholes
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7:20PM on 06/24/2013
lol! pretty funny!
lol! pretty funny!
6:10PM on 06/24/2013
I'll watch anything with Fichtner in it. That being said, its hilarious how much hate Michael Bay gets and in the end it won't amount to anything. This movie is still going to be a success.
I'll watch anything with Fichtner in it. That being said, its hilarious how much hate Michael Bay gets and in the end it won't amount to anything. This movie is still going to be a success.
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2:47PM on 06/24/2013
Maybe he'll be like the 2000 series and be an Utrom in a humanoid robot body. Still doesn't explain why he's white, but at least if it was a robotic body it may work. I dunno. I was really hoping we'd get a real Japanese actor. How is it the 80's movie was more capable of getting things right?! Making certain characters different doesn't bother me, such as Fishburne being Perry White, Jane Olsen instead of Jimmy Olsen, Sam Jackson being Nick Fury etc, that doesn't bother me. This is like taking
Maybe he'll be like the 2000 series and be an Utrom in a humanoid robot body. Still doesn't explain why he's white, but at least if it was a robotic body it may work. I dunno. I was really hoping we'd get a real Japanese actor. How is it the 80's movie was more capable of getting things right?! Making certain characters different doesn't bother me, such as Fishburne being Perry White, Jane Olsen instead of Jimmy Olsen, Sam Jackson being Nick Fury etc, that doesn't bother me. This is like taking GI Joe Storm Shadow and making him a white guy. I'd rather this guy be Casey Jones than Shredder.
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2:01PM on 06/24/2013

Secret of the Ooze

Have to post this Awfully Good scene. GO NINJA GO NINJA GO!!

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Have to post this Awfully Good scene. GO NINJA GO NINJA GO!!

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1:20PM on 06/24/2013
Perry White is white. Laurence Fishburne is black. Miss Moneypenny is white. Naomi Harris is black. Those worked out fine.
Perry White is white. Laurence Fishburne is black. Miss Moneypenny is white. Naomi Harris is black. Those worked out fine.
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1:48PM on 06/24/2013
No, when the character has a Japanese name, and comes from JAPAN, you cant make him anything other than Japanese. It just takes us back to the days of when they use to paint white guys blackface, or the white women playing asian characters in the old cowboy shows. And it shouldnt be. If you are making a movie based around asian characters, get asian characters. Unless you are going to completely change their back story.
No, when the character has a Japanese name, and comes from JAPAN, you cant make him anything other than Japanese. It just takes us back to the days of when they use to paint white guys blackface, or the white women playing asian characters in the old cowboy shows. And it shouldnt be. If you are making a movie based around asian characters, get asian characters. Unless you are going to completely change their back story.
2:46PM on 06/24/2013
OK, Jimmy Olsen is a man, with a man's name, you can't make him anything other than a man. Oh, they made him into Jenny Olsen in MOS.
OK, Jimmy Olsen is a man, with a man's name, you can't make him anything other than a man. Oh, they made him into Jenny Olsen in MOS.
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12:09PM on 06/25/2013
/shatner

BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!
/shatner

BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!
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11:06PM on 06/24/2013

Yes! Yes! Yes!

I am soooooo cool with this. I love this actor. As long as the SHREEDER is back I'm lovin every minute of it. SHREEDER! THEN SO BE IT ! ( Kevin Nash )
I am soooooo cool with this. I love this actor. As long as the SHREEDER is back I'm lovin every minute of it. SHREEDER! THEN SO BE IT ! ( Kevin Nash )
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6:09PM on 06/24/2013
I'll watch anything with Fichtner in it. That being said, its hilarious how much hate Michael Bay gets and in the end it won't amount to anything. This movie is still going to be a success.
I'll watch anything with Fichtner in it. That being said, its hilarious how much hate Michael Bay gets and in the end it won't amount to anything. This movie is still going to be a success.
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1:46PM on 06/24/2013
Maybe he'll be like the 2000 series and be an Utrom in a humanoid robot body. Still doesn't explain why he's white, but at least if it was a robotic body it may work. I dunno. I was really hoping we'd get a real Japanese actor. How is it the 80's movie was more capable of getting things right?! Making certain characters different doesn't bother me, such as Fishburne being Perry White, Jane Olsen instead of Jimmy Olsen, Sam Jackson being Nick Fury etc, that doesn't bother me. This is like taking
Maybe he'll be like the 2000 series and be an Utrom in a humanoid robot body. Still doesn't explain why he's white, but at least if it was a robotic body it may work. I dunno. I was really hoping we'd get a real Japanese actor. How is it the 80's movie was more capable of getting things right?! Making certain characters different doesn't bother me, such as Fishburne being Perry White, Jane Olsen instead of Jimmy Olsen, Sam Jackson being Nick Fury etc, that doesn't bother me. This is like taking GI Joe Storm Shadow and making him a white guy. I'd rather this guy be Casey Jones than Shredder.
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10:02AM on 06/24/2013
Waaaahhhhhh wahhhh wahhh wahh
Waaaahhhhhh wahhhh wahhh wahh
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7:03PM on 06/24/2013
William Fichtner is a phenomenal actor and deserves his due. I'd like to see where they go with this even it is strange. Granted, James Avery played the voice of Shredder in the original cartoon so having a Caucasian man in the role of Shredder isn't too much of a stretch.
William Fichtner is a phenomenal actor and deserves his due. I'd like to see where they go with this even it is strange. Granted, James Avery played the voice of Shredder in the original cartoon so having a Caucasian man in the role of Shredder isn't too much of a stretch.
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2:00PM on 06/24/2013

any griping is coming from the wrong angle......

its not that Fichtner will be playing The Shredder, its that Fichtner wont be (likely) playing Oruku Saki. maybe General Shraeder is back.
its not that Fichtner will be playing The Shredder, its that Fichtner wont be (likely) playing Oruku Saki. maybe General Shraeder is back.
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2:03PM on 06/24/2013
... Is this phelous?
... Is this phelous?
4:37PM on 06/24/2013

Annabel_Lecter

I like the intensity to protect the characters and source material for a silly themed over the top comic book. Some dedication is baffling to me.

PS - this movie will suck no matter who plays Shredder.
I like the intensity to protect the characters and source material for a silly themed over the top comic book. Some dedication is baffling to me.

PS - this movie will suck no matter who plays Shredder.
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11:36AM on 06/24/2013

oh boy....

This movie just keeps getting worst and worst. I almost feel like it was put together by people that just saw the toys and never knew what they were. So far everything about this movie looks like crap and I'm not happy. I just khope it doesn't kill the TMNT show on Nick, because that show is really rocking it. I'd hate to lose one good TMNT story for a sh-t movie that seems hopeless from the start.
This movie just keeps getting worst and worst. I almost feel like it was put together by people that just saw the toys and never knew what they were. So far everything about this movie looks like crap and I'm not happy. I just khope it doesn't kill the TMNT show on Nick, because that show is really rocking it. I'd hate to lose one good TMNT story for a sh-t movie that seems hopeless from the start.
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11:40AM on 06/24/2013

Hahaha

When Fichtner was cast in a minor role in Nolan's TDK, everyone was abuzz about how awesome of a casting choice it was. But when he gets cast in a Michael Bay movie, everyone calls the choice (and movie) pure shit. Is Shreddar not behind a mask the entire time?
When Fichtner was cast in a minor role in Nolan's TDK, everyone was abuzz about how awesome of a casting choice it was. But when he gets cast in a Michael Bay movie, everyone calls the choice (and movie) pure shit. Is Shreddar not behind a mask the entire time?
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12:05PM on 06/24/2013
Playing an American character in a bit part in a strong director's film is good news

Playing an Asian character in a main part in a weak director and weak producer's film is bad news.
Playing an American character in a bit part in a strong director's film is good news

Playing an Asian character in a main part in a weak director and weak producer's film is bad news.
9:30AM on 06/24/2013
Fichtner is Shredder? Ticket sold!
Fichtner is Shredder? Ticket sold!
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