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Megan Fox talks criticism of her casting in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

07.16.2014

It seems like forever ago when director Jonathan Liebesman (WRATH OF THE TITANS) and producer Michael Bay's upcoming TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES reboot had the spotlight of criticism in its face. While many still can’t get over the new look of the titular teen turtles, there was also a table flip when it came to that whole story about them being aliens (did you catch the reference to that in the latest trailer?). I thought the new trailers silenced a lot of skeptics but unbeknownst to me, there also seems to be some critical heat geared towards the beautiful and talented Megan Fox who was cast as April O’Neil.

Speaking to MTV, Fox took a moment to address critics of her casting in the film:

“Someone’s always going to be upset about something. When you’re [making] a movie like this and making it live-action, there are things where you’ll have to depart from the original material a little bit. People will be disappointed, but I think people will be overwhelmed with how exciting and amazing and how fresh and how true to the original this is — but you can’t please everyone all the time. I’ve never had more people come up to me to tell me they’re excited about a movie than this one. Nothing I’ve been a part of before has had that sort of reaction.”

Fox has been known to stay away from the Internet (she quit Twitter after a week) but seems to be aware that there are fans who both love and hate her casting in TMNT (or probably any movie). Her reply to that seems to be a "haters gonna hate" attitude which is perfectly awesome. I think dumping on a movie or actor before you’ve seen a finished product is the equivalent of shouting first in a comment thread; it’s a race to see whose preconceived notion gets the most attention and doesn't do the world any favours.

I feel like I should end with a haiku or deep quotation of some kind, but here’s Fox instead.



TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES arrives on August 8 2014. Watch the latest trailer below:

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Extra Tidbit: What do you think of casting Megan Fox?
Source: MTV

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3:14AM on 07/21/2014

Now that we see her as April O'Neil

I can't imagine anyone else in the part.
I can't imagine anyone else in the part.
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8:45AM on 07/17/2014
I had no idea people were hating on her casting, I'm not surprised because really no matter who they would have cast people would have been upset. Nothing will stop me from seeing this, I'm not expecting much but I'm hoping it's not worse than TMNT III...
I had no idea people were hating on her casting, I'm not surprised because really no matter who they would have cast people would have been upset. Nothing will stop me from seeing this, I'm not expecting much but I'm hoping it's not worse than TMNT III...
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8:33AM on 07/17/2014
I'd have said she was one of this film's less concerning problems. Still, looks like there's some interesting design work at play in the film, so with luck it'll all turn out okay.
I'd have said she was one of this film's less concerning problems. Still, looks like there's some interesting design work at play in the film, so with luck it'll all turn out okay.
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8:02AM on 07/17/2014
Okay I'm just going to ask it, because I am neutral on it, what do folks have against Megan Fox in TMNT? seems to me to be harmless casting. She can do April O'Neill. Megan Fox is not completely talentless and she is attractive. And a film like TMNT is never going to be some Oscar nominated film or IMPORTANT film. It is fluff. If Megan Fox can't be cast in fluff then she can't be cast in anything. I am not getting why someone would hate this casting. It isn't like she was cast as
Okay I'm just going to ask it, because I am neutral on it, what do folks have against Megan Fox in TMNT? seems to me to be harmless casting. She can do April O'Neill. Megan Fox is not completely talentless and she is attractive. And a film like TMNT is never going to be some Oscar nominated film or IMPORTANT film. It is fluff. If Megan Fox can't be cast in fluff then she can't be cast in anything. I am not getting why someone would hate this casting. It isn't like she was cast as Scarlet Witch or something.
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9:48AM on 07/17/2014
So why is Scarlet Witch in Avengers 2 a non-fluff role, but April is a fluff role?

There's no reason TMNT shouldn't be Avengers quality, other than shoddy film-makers.
So why is Scarlet Witch in Avengers 2 a non-fluff role, but April is a fluff role?

There's no reason TMNT shouldn't be Avengers quality, other than shoddy film-makers.
2:21PM on 07/17/2014
Avengers quality? Damn, that's low...
Avengers quality? Damn, that's low...
6:15AM on 07/17/2014
"Iíve never had more people come up to me to tell me theyíre excited about a movie than this one."

So, there are clearly two people (at least) who are excited about this.
"Iíve never had more people come up to me to tell me theyíre excited about a movie than this one."

So, there are clearly two people (at least) who are excited about this.
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5:01AM on 07/17/2014
Should've gone with Elizabeth Olsen.
Should've gone with Elizabeth Olsen.
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6:09AM on 07/17/2014
This advice also works for most everyday situations.
This advice also works for most everyday situations.
8:04AM on 07/17/2014
Elizabeth Olsen has been busy. Godzilla and Avengers Age Of Ultron are pretty big time consuming films.
Elizabeth Olsen has been busy. Godzilla and Avengers Age Of Ultron are pretty big time consuming films.
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5:00AM on 07/17/2014

Nah, you don't have to depart from casting off the source material.

There are plenty of good looking auburn-haired and red-headed women in Hollywood that can actually act...at least better than Megan Fox.
There are plenty of good looking auburn-haired and red-headed women in Hollywood that can actually act...at least better than Megan Fox.
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4:37AM on 07/17/2014
Lol at the idea of not judging Fox before the film comes out.
I'm pretty sure it's perfectly rationale to have pre-concieved ideas of an actress based on her history and body of work. Megan Fox has never been worth watching, is barely considered an actress and tends to work with shitbox movie makers on complete turds of films. So with that in mind, I think it's more than fine to be massively disappointed with her casting before the film gets underway, the odds are very much not in her favour
Lol at the idea of not judging Fox before the film comes out.
I'm pretty sure it's perfectly rationale to have pre-concieved ideas of an actress based on her history and body of work. Megan Fox has never been worth watching, is barely considered an actress and tends to work with shitbox movie makers on complete turds of films. So with that in mind, I think it's more than fine to be massively disappointed with her casting before the film gets underway, the odds are very much not in her favour and nothing I've seen yet even remotely contradicts that.
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1:31AM on 07/17/2014

Didn't change my opinion

This movie looks like some steaming turds.
This movie looks like some steaming turds.
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10:32PM on 07/16/2014
"Nothing Iíve been a part of before has had that sort of reaction."
Yay! She admitted that Transformers were turds. One of us! One of us!
"Nothing Iíve been a part of before has had that sort of reaction."
Yay! She admitted that Transformers were turds. One of us! One of us!
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8:13PM on 07/16/2014

You were expecting maybe the Addams Family?

Just about every incarnation of April O'Neil we've seen has been different from the previous. I don't see why people expected anything different. The turtles have been around for so long, with so many interpretations, that there will ALWAYS be fanboys whining because the new version isn't 'their' version. To those of us that grew up with the original cartoon, like myself, we should just accept that TMNT hasn't really been marketed for us since the mid-90s. It's not really ours to ruin anymore.
Just about every incarnation of April O'Neil we've seen has been different from the previous. I don't see why people expected anything different. The turtles have been around for so long, with so many interpretations, that there will ALWAYS be fanboys whining because the new version isn't 'their' version. To those of us that grew up with the original cartoon, like myself, we should just accept that TMNT hasn't really been marketed for us since the mid-90s. It's not really ours to ruin anymore.
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8:10PM on 07/16/2014

LOL WAT

The comments below couldn't be more wrong. I can't stand Michael Bay and I certainly don't dislike Megan Fox because of him. She has no place on a film screen, she has no acting ability and zero charisma. It says something when the first comment is "gorgeous", because that's really all that can be said about her.
The comments below couldn't be more wrong. I can't stand Michael Bay and I certainly don't dislike Megan Fox because of him. She has no place on a film screen, she has no acting ability and zero charisma. It says something when the first comment is "gorgeous", because that's really all that can be said about her.
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7:51PM on 07/16/2014

In defense of Megan

The people against Megan Fox are a bunch of Michael Bay worshipers or just plain jealous. She seems like a decent person but people paint her as evil just because of comments she made which were not that bad but the media blew out of proportion.
The people against Megan Fox are a bunch of Michael Bay worshipers or just plain jealous. She seems like a decent person but people paint her as evil just because of comments she made which were not that bad but the media blew out of proportion.
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7:39PM on 07/16/2014
I think the main criticism for Megan Fox in TMNT is that she lashed out against Michael Bay, thus losing her role in Transformers 3. Yet she's here in TMNT produced by Michael Bay.
I think the main criticism for Megan Fox in TMNT is that she lashed out against Michael Bay, thus losing her role in Transformers 3. Yet she's here in TMNT produced by Michael Bay.
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7:15PM on 07/16/2014
Movie is still going to disappoint alot of fans. Movie looks terrible.
Movie is still going to disappoint alot of fans. Movie looks terrible.
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12:19AM on 07/17/2014
same statement, new article soloist. We get it, ya don't like the movie, move on with your life. It's gettin pretty sad now.
same statement, new article soloist. We get it, ya don't like the movie, move on with your life. It's gettin pretty sad now.
12:45AM on 07/17/2014
Zombie, what's sadder, that... Or you noticing, thinking about it, then posting about it. You want him to be bi-polar and start to like the movie just because they are really starting to promote it and a very small bit of the problems of production the movie had is being ignored?
Zombie, what's sadder, that... Or you noticing, thinking about it, then posting about it. You want him to be bi-polar and start to like the movie just because they are really starting to promote it and a very small bit of the problems of production the movie had is being ignored?
5:35AM on 07/17/2014
People complain when The_Soloist is positive about movies, now people complain when The_Soloist is negative about movies? Whatever next, complaining that he's neutral about movies?
People complain when The_Soloist is positive about movies, now people complain when The_Soloist is negative about movies? Whatever next, complaining that he's neutral about movies?
1:00AM on 07/18/2014
its a fucking movie site he can bitch about a movie until he is blue in the face who gives a shit
its a fucking movie site he can bitch about a movie until he is blue in the face who gives a shit
3:17AM on 07/21/2014
Was there ever a movie you just sort of liked? Why does every movie either have to be "terrible" or "the best ever"?
Was there ever a movie you just sort of liked? Why does every movie either have to be "terrible" or "the best ever"?
6:59PM on 07/16/2014

gorgeous

That is good for her but, she should definitely stay of the web. Some of these fanboys are crazy lol!
That is good for her but, she should definitely stay of the web. Some of these fanboys are crazy lol!
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