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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Peter Laird weighs in on the casting of Megan Fox

Mar. 5, 2013by: Niki Stephens

Just so we're clear here...Michael Bay did not officially say that Megan Fox was playing the role of April O'Neil in NINJA TURTLES. He said this:

"TMNT: we are bringing Megan Fox back into the family!"

But as you all may point out-- what other role would she fill? Karai???

Regardless, when a fan asked TMNT co-creator, Peter Laird about his thoughts on the topic, this is what he had to say:

My only exposure to Megan Fox as an actress is through her role in two "Transformers" movies and the wretched (but happily forgettable) "Jennifer's Body". It may not be fair to judge her range of acting skills just from those three movies, but I think it is safe to say that there are probably hundreds of better choices for the role of April O'Neil. Of course, her name has promotional value, and maybe that's what they want. Who knows? I can't get myself too worked up about it.

I agree with this man. Definitely nothing to get worked up over. While, I may not agree if that is the casting choice for that role, it's still going to happen. Maybe she won't be so bad.

My favorite April O'Neil? Judith Hoag.

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11:09AM on 03/07/2013

she ll be fine

April O'Neil has always essential been there for eye candy and Fox is one of the best in the biz at filling that type of role. She'll be nice to look at, the rest of the movie? Not so sure.
April O'Neil has always essential been there for eye candy and Fox is one of the best in the biz at filling that type of role. She'll be nice to look at, the rest of the movie? Not so sure.
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7:38PM on 03/06/2013

I stilll

would stick my dick in that face though. Just look at it. Like look at it. I'm not talkin about megan fox by the way. :P
would stick my dick in that face though. Just look at it. Like look at it. I'm not talkin about megan fox by the way. :P
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11:10AM on 03/07/2013
talking about Leonardo then?....Sorry couldn't resist.
talking about Leonardo then?....Sorry couldn't resist.
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11:28AM on 03/06/2013
wait, i thought she was playing Raphael
wait, i thought she was playing Raphael
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8:23AM on 03/06/2013
So Michael Bay and Megan Fox are still friends - oh thank god. I'd hate to think their relationship had been irreperably damaged by her likening him to Hitler or whatever it was.
So Michael Bay and Megan Fox are still friends - oh thank god. I'd hate to think their relationship had been irreperably damaged by her likening him to Hitler or whatever it was.
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8:42AM on 03/25/2013
If I remember correctly, Michael Bay didn't want to get rid of her. It was Spielberg that did like that statement and wanted her gone. Which considering his ethnicity, his involvement as a producer, and the work he has done with movies like Munich and Schindler's list, Megan Fox was being retarded.
If I remember correctly, Michael Bay didn't want to get rid of her. It was Spielberg that did like that statement and wanted her gone. Which considering his ethnicity, his involvement as a producer, and the work he has done with movies like Munich and Schindler's list, Megan Fox was being retarded.
8:15AM on 03/06/2013
I am hoping Megan Fox is Irma cause April nor Karai works for me. AS for the the turtles, I hope they use mostly real suits with CGI for say the mouths or things that may improve on the suits. Full CGI can fuck off
I am hoping Megan Fox is Irma cause April nor Karai works for me. AS for the the turtles, I hope they use mostly real suits with CGI for say the mouths or things that may improve on the suits. Full CGI can fuck off
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10:03AM on 03/06/2013
Haha, I forgot all about that character from the cartoon. Been a long time since I watched the old shows.
Haha, I forgot all about that character from the cartoon. Been a long time since I watched the old shows.
3:31AM on 03/06/2013
At first I thought this is horrible news. Then again the movie will possibly be horrid, there for her being in this gives very hot entertainment. You know what? I'm neutral on this for now
At first I thought this is horrible news. Then again the movie will possibly be horrid, there for her being in this gives very hot entertainment. You know what? I'm neutral on this for now
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3:01AM on 03/06/2013
Next we'll have Shia Leboeuf as Casey Jones!!!!
Next we'll have Shia Leboeuf as Casey Jones!!!!
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7:36PM on 03/06/2013
No justin biber
No justin biber
2:38AM on 03/06/2013
I don't care about her being in the movie. What I care is that I can only hope for the producers/director to make four actors wear Turtle Suit instead of just pure mo-cap. Sigh.
I don't care about her being in the movie. What I care is that I can only hope for the producers/director to make four actors wear Turtle Suit instead of just pure mo-cap. Sigh.
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2:14AM on 03/06/2013

Maybe a twist--

--would be casting her as a villain...wasn't there a ninja chick who was leading the FOOT clan in one of the recent animated movies? Im not sure if I can picture her as April--but let's be honest...her acting skills are far superior to the quality of any of the TMNT movies that have been out ( guilty pleasure that I fondly like the first one ) --so I don't know WHY people are scoffing at her acting level. --and this is coming from a guy who LOVES them turtles...not EVERY incarnation of them,
--would be casting her as a villain...wasn't there a ninja chick who was leading the FOOT clan in one of the recent animated movies? Im not sure if I can picture her as April--but let's be honest...her acting skills are far superior to the quality of any of the TMNT movies that have been out ( guilty pleasure that I fondly like the first one ) --so I don't know WHY people are scoffing at her acting level. --and this is coming from a guy who LOVES them turtles...not EVERY incarnation of them, mind you. For "me", the best material was the earliest black and white comics that just had them fighting ninja--it was serious and gritty. Loved it. Who knows where this new take is going to end up--this is a property that always seems better suited for animation than for live action. Be HONEST--the live action gigs have all been super cheesy and pretty darn bad.
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1:01AM on 03/06/2013
The only thing worse than her playing April is her playing an all new, re-imagined Casey Jones.
The only thing worse than her playing April is her playing an all new, re-imagined Casey Jones.
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11:34PM on 03/05/2013
Why does it take place in SPACE!?
Why does it take place in SPACE!?
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11:18PM on 03/05/2013
I'd LMFAO if Bay was stupid enough to make her Venus. But he's not that stupid...... right guys??
I'd LMFAO if Bay was stupid enough to make her Venus. But he's not that stupid...... right guys??
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10:36PM on 03/05/2013
Weighs**.....that being said, I think Megan Fox is terrible for this.
Weighs**.....that being said, I think Megan Fox is terrible for this.
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10:32PM on 03/05/2013

I may get a lot of thumbs down negativity for this...

...but any TMNT news that comes out from here on out I am just going to skip. I never judge a movie way before it comes out and until I see at least a trailer of some kind but in this case, I just have this aching feeling that this is going to miserably fail. I don't think I want to read up on and then watch something that could ruin one of my favorite childhood memories and shows.
...but any TMNT news that comes out from here on out I am just going to skip. I never judge a movie way before it comes out and until I see at least a trailer of some kind but in this case, I just have this aching feeling that this is going to miserably fail. I don't think I want to read up on and then watch something that could ruin one of my favorite childhood memories and shows.
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8:18AM on 03/06/2013
I'm with you 100% on this. It would be like if they rebooted Ghostbusters. No news, as good as it would sound will ever be good about this project.
I'm with you 100% on this. It would be like if they rebooted Ghostbusters. No news, as good as it would sound will ever be good about this project.
10:27PM on 03/05/2013

My favorite April O'Neil?

the one that does porn

nootch
the one that does porn

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10:17AM on 03/06/2013
Yeah, let's have April O'Neil play April O'Neil!

No?

Fox it is then.
Yeah, let's have April O'Neil play April O'Neil!

No?

Fox it is then.
10:25PM on 03/05/2013
And to add about Megan Fox the only way I would be open about her being in it is if she plays Venus the Female Turtle that way she doesnt ruin the major female leads like April or Karia and she can play a character thats already hated and doesnt matter if their character repuation is ruined since venus has none..
And to add about Megan Fox the only way I would be open about her being in it is if she plays Venus the Female Turtle that way she doesnt ruin the major female leads like April or Karia and she can play a character thats already hated and doesnt matter if their character repuation is ruined since venus has none..
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10:22PM on 03/05/2013
I wish Peter Laird was more involved with TMNT than Kevin Eastman. Eastman sells out too much when it comes to TMNT and it always feels like Laird has not much involvment in the TMNT stuff and out of the two hes the one with logic and comon sence.
I wish Peter Laird was more involved with TMNT than Kevin Eastman. Eastman sells out too much when it comes to TMNT and it always feels like Laird has not much involvment in the TMNT stuff and out of the two hes the one with logic and comon sence.
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10:14PM on 03/05/2013

LMFAOOO

Peter Laird you're a hero. Fuck this movie too. I loveeee that B&W pic though. If they do this they should do Half CGI and the rest like old school effects like how the old TMNT were.
Peter Laird you're a hero. Fuck this movie too. I loveeee that B&W pic though. If they do this they should do Half CGI and the rest like old school effects like how the old TMNT were.
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