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Tony Shalhoub & Johnny Knoxville join cast of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Apr. 3, 2014by: Paul Shirey

You can add two more actors to director Jonathan Liebesman's TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. Johnny Knoxville (JACKASS) and Tony Shalhoub (Monk) have been added to the roster, but only as voice actors. Knoxville will supply the voice for Ninja Turtles leader Leonardo, while Shalhoub will supply his vocal stylings for their master, Splinter. The catch here is that both of these character were portrayed by actors already (in mo-cap suits, of course), with Shameless star Pete Ploszek as Leonardo and Danny Woodburn as Splinter. It's certainly curious why their voices aren't being used for the final product, but supposedly it was never a guarantee.

Deadline is reporting that changing up voice talent was always in the cards, though:

"Insiders tell me they were always open to changing the voicing component of the Jonathan Liebesman-directed film that Paramount releases August 8, and those actors were only guaranteed to physically perform the roles in costume."

Certainly Knoxville and Shalhoub have the talent and energy to supply the necessary voices for the characters, although I'm sure there will be plenty of folks up in arms over Knoxville being anywhere near the project. The first TMNT movie series was done similarly, however, so it really shouldn't be that big of a shock that voice actors are coming onboard.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES opens on August 8, 2014.

Source: Deadline

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12:55PM on 04/04/2014
I think Knoxville is much more talented than people realize. However, I also think he enjoys a big paycheck when he can get his hands on one (The Dukes of Hazzard...). The fact that new voice actors are being brought in this late in the game just leads me to believe that this movie is going to be shit. They released a trailer, read what the responses were, and are making last minute changes because they arent sure of themselves and the product. I'll be waiting for the news article that says
I think Knoxville is much more talented than people realize. However, I also think he enjoys a big paycheck when he can get his hands on one (The Dukes of Hazzard...). The fact that new voice actors are being brought in this late in the game just leads me to believe that this movie is going to be shit. They released a trailer, read what the responses were, and are making last minute changes because they arent sure of themselves and the product. I'll be waiting for the news article that says they pushed back the release date so they can add CGI fixing the noses.
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8:12AM on 04/04/2014
Johnny Knoxville signing doesn't concern me.. its the fact that they're abandoning the origin that Splinter and Shredder came from Japan.
Johnny Knoxville signing doesn't concern me.. its the fact that they're abandoning the origin that Splinter and Shredder came from Japan.
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4:23PM on 04/04/2014
That's one of my biggest pet peeves with this project as well.
That's one of my biggest pet peeves with this project as well.
6:53PM on 04/04/2014
Also one of mine!

However based on the trailer, it looks as though Fichtner is not the "original' Shredder, and that he idolizes the shredder from the past, and looks as thought he will be consumed by his obsession to be the "new shredder".. which i am just as bothered by.. Watch the trailer again, and pay attention to the backgrounds.
Also one of mine!

However based on the trailer, it looks as though Fichtner is not the "original' Shredder, and that he idolizes the shredder from the past, and looks as thought he will be consumed by his obsession to be the "new shredder".. which i am just as bothered by.. Watch the trailer again, and pay attention to the backgrounds.
1:31AM on 04/04/2014
I think this movie just got two shakes better than anticipated.
I think this movie just got two shakes better than anticipated.
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11:26PM on 04/03/2014
ok is this an april fools day joke? I think it could work though, as both are good actors. If you don't believe Knoxville can act check out Daltry Calhoun. It's a little different than his usual slapstick style. I would see Knoxville as Michelangelo though, not Leonardo. I have to admit I don't see Shalhoub as Splinter, but who knows. I do hope that pic of Splinter is not what he will look like. That's some bad cgi!!
ok is this an april fools day joke? I think it could work though, as both are good actors. If you don't believe Knoxville can act check out Daltry Calhoun. It's a little different than his usual slapstick style. I would see Knoxville as Michelangelo though, not Leonardo. I have to admit I don't see Shalhoub as Splinter, but who knows. I do hope that pic of Splinter is not what he will look like. That's some bad cgi!!
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11:20PM on 04/03/2014
Kind of hilarious that Monk ends up voicing someone who lives in the sewers.
Kind of hilarious that Monk ends up voicing someone who lives in the sewers.
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11:13PM on 04/03/2014

Tony Shalhoub = good; Johnny Knoxville = bad

So this ends up neutral.

It's quite normal for the performance actor's voice to be replaced in post: just ask David Prowse or Ray Park. But Knoxville has never impressed me as an actor, unless he's taking a nut shot.
So this ends up neutral.

It's quite normal for the performance actor's voice to be replaced in post: just ask David Prowse or Ray Park. But Knoxville has never impressed me as an actor, unless he's taking a nut shot.
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11:01PM on 04/03/2014

ok they've lost me.

as a lifelong TMNT fan, i wanted to give this a chance. sure, the faces were too creepily humanoid. but i gave them the benefit of the doubt. maybe they wanted to use the latest mo-cap technology to really let the actor's performances shine through. but now that they're redubbing their voices, what was the point? i'd prefer guys in rubber suits like the 90's version over this.
as a lifelong TMNT fan, i wanted to give this a chance. sure, the faces were too creepily humanoid. but i gave them the benefit of the doubt. maybe they wanted to use the latest mo-cap technology to really let the actor's performances shine through. but now that they're redubbing their voices, what was the point? i'd prefer guys in rubber suits like the 90's version over this.
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10:34PM on 04/03/2014
So I guess Splinter will neither be a mutated Japanese ninja master nor will he speak in Japanese accent at all.
So I guess Splinter will neither be a mutated Japanese ninja master nor will he speak in Japanese accent at all.
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9:37PM on 04/03/2014
Wait wait wait...so the VOICES are what the filmmakers wanna improve on? Not the creepy faces, gotcha.
Wait wait wait...so the VOICES are what the filmmakers wanna improve on? Not the creepy faces, gotcha.
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11:47PM on 04/03/2014
Are you expecting mutant turtles to be handsome?
Are you expecting mutant turtles to be handsome?
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9:09PM on 04/03/2014

Err...

I don't really know what to think of this news... but that disappointing film from 2007 is starting to look better and better by comparison.
I don't really know what to think of this news... but that disappointing film from 2007 is starting to look better and better by comparison.
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8:39PM on 04/03/2014
Men In Black aliens unite!
Men In Black aliens unite!
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8:04PM on 04/03/2014
"There surprisngly some people who still want to see the movie after we released the teaser trailer...?"
"Hmmm strange, well let's kill that right away and hire Johnny Knoxville to do a voice over for the leader of the team."

"There surprisngly some people who still want to see the movie after we released the teaser trailer...?"
"Hmmm strange, well let's kill that right away and hire Johnny Knoxville to do a voice over for the leader of the team."

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7:48PM on 04/03/2014
I don't view the casting of Johnny Knoxville as much of a problem, at least not any moreso than the general production of this movie itself.
I don't view the casting of Johnny Knoxville as much of a problem, at least not any moreso than the general production of this movie itself.
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6:54PM on 04/03/2014
I feel so bad for those turtle actors
I feel so bad for those turtle actors
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6:47PM on 04/03/2014
I've been trying so hard to hang onto this film. I'm a big fan and open minded but I've had to grasp onto any good morsel I can to believe this will be cool. But I'm starting to realize -
the filmmakers don't want me to see/like this.
I've been trying so hard to hang onto this film. I'm a big fan and open minded but I've had to grasp onto any good morsel I can to believe this will be cool. But I'm starting to realize -
the filmmakers don't want me to see/like this.
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6:27PM on 04/03/2014
Will Corey Feldman be back for Donatello? I really don't know what to think of this movie. I love the Turtles to death, but everything about this film has me indifferent to the whole thing.
Will Corey Feldman be back for Donatello? I really don't know what to think of this movie. I love the Turtles to death, but everything about this film has me indifferent to the whole thing.
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6:13PM on 04/03/2014

This is odd...

So should we be expecting more news on other voice actors joining, or did the studio just not like how Leo and Splinter sounded?
So should we be expecting more news on other voice actors joining, or did the studio just not like how Leo and Splinter sounded?
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6:11PM on 04/03/2014
And it gets worse. So, when they thought about Leonardo, Johnny Knoxville came to mind? What? I could MAYBE see him as Raph, but certainly not Leo. And Shaloub as Splinter? What is going on with this movie? I'm so confused by nearly every choice they've made.
And it gets worse. So, when they thought about Leonardo, Johnny Knoxville came to mind? What? I could MAYBE see him as Raph, but certainly not Leo. And Shaloub as Splinter? What is going on with this movie? I'm so confused by nearly every choice they've made.
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5:30PM on 04/03/2014
really not diggin on this new movie i cannot picture any of these actors as the voice of there characters
really not diggin on this new movie i cannot picture any of these actors as the voice of there characters
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5:20PM on 04/03/2014
Ahahahah.
So Splinter isn't Japanese now either then? And Knoxvile as Leo? Ahahaha, genuinely thought it was an April Fols.

And let's not forget we have Megan Fox and WHOOPI GOLDBERG too look forward to.
Ahahahah.
So Splinter isn't Japanese now either then? And Knoxvile as Leo? Ahahaha, genuinely thought it was an April Fols.

And let's not forget we have Megan Fox and WHOOPI GOLDBERG too look forward to.
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5:15PM on 04/03/2014

It's April 3rd

April 1st was two days ago.....So...what's the deal? This can't be real.
April 1st was two days ago.....So...what's the deal? This can't be real.
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4:41PM on 04/03/2014
This reading from the gospel according to Splinter: "Leonardo leads, Donatello does machines. Raphael is cool but crude. Michaelangelo is a party dude." Here endeth the lesson.
So yeah I would've had Knoxville down as Raph or Mikey myself.
This reading from the gospel according to Splinter: "Leonardo leads, Donatello does machines. Raphael is cool but crude. Michaelangelo is a party dude." Here endeth the lesson.
So yeah I would've had Knoxville down as Raph or Mikey myself.
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3:51PM on 04/03/2014
hi I'm Leonardo and welcome to Jackass
hi I'm Leonardo and welcome to Jackass
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3:10PM on 04/03/2014
I can understand Mikey or Donny even Raphael but Leo seems like the least likely to get Knoxville's voice. He woulda made a decent Casey Jones though.
I can understand Mikey or Donny even Raphael but Leo seems like the least likely to get Knoxville's voice. He woulda made a decent Casey Jones though.
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2:38PM on 04/03/2014

This entire project reads as a joke

If you told me a year ago that a new TMNT movie would cast Johnny Knoxville as Leonardo and Megan Fox as April O'Neil I would laughed in your goddamn face until it hurt.
If you told me a year ago that a new TMNT movie would cast Johnny Knoxville as Leonardo and Megan Fox as April O'Neil I would laughed in your goddamn face until it hurt.
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2:34PM on 04/03/2014

Knoxville

Why do people have a problem with Knoxville? Anyone who's seen Bad Grandpa can tell that the man has great talent. If you don't like Knoxville, you're most likely jealous.
Why do people have a problem with Knoxville? Anyone who's seen Bad Grandpa can tell that the man has great talent. If you don't like Knoxville, you're most likely jealous.
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2:59PM on 04/03/2014
Easily the funniest film of 2013. Much better than This is the End, Anchorman 2, Hangover 3, Internship, etc.
Easily the funniest film of 2013. Much better than This is the End, Anchorman 2, Hangover 3, Internship, etc.
11:33PM on 04/03/2014
I haven't seen Bad Grandpa, but I was kinda disappointed with This is The End also. I wanted to love it, but only ended up liking it somewhat.
I haven't seen Bad Grandpa, but I was kinda disappointed with This is The End also. I wanted to love it, but only ended up liking it somewhat.
1:37AM on 04/04/2014
Bad Grandpa was absolutely hilarious. I even showed it to my mom, and she laughed her ass off through the entire movie.
Bad Grandpa was absolutely hilarious. I even showed it to my mom, and she laughed her ass off through the entire movie.
2:31PM on 04/03/2014
I pretty much love this voice casting. Shalhoub and Knoxville are talented in their own ways and it should be quite interesting to see how there voice compares to their respected characters.
I pretty much love this voice casting. Shalhoub and Knoxville are talented in their own ways and it should be quite interesting to see how there voice compares to their respected characters.
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2:36PM on 04/03/2014
Shaloub may end up being a good fit but I guess I was just picturing the gruff, no nonsense demeanor that has always been associated with Splinter

While I actually enjoy Knoxville when he is in his element, Leo has always been level-headed and a firm voice of reason...neither of which I can envision with Knoxville
Shaloub may end up being a good fit but I guess I was just picturing the gruff, no nonsense demeanor that has always been associated with Splinter

While I actually enjoy Knoxville when he is in his element, Leo has always been level-headed and a firm voice of reason...neither of which I can envision with Knoxville
2:58PM on 04/03/2014
I think it's inspired....would love to see Knoxville surprise all the doubters wrong.
I think it's inspired....would love to see Knoxville surprise all the doubters wrong.
1:39AM on 04/04/2014
For once I agree with you. All the Knoxville haters are going to be thrown back for sure...
For once I agree with you. All the Knoxville haters are going to be thrown back for sure...
2:30PM on 04/03/2014

Soooo

This movie now becomes a full on comedy with a neurotic ninja master teaching the leader of his students how to take a nut shot?

Also - I thought Danny Woodburn was playing Splinter, not Danny Huston
This movie now becomes a full on comedy with a neurotic ninja master teaching the leader of his students how to take a nut shot?

Also - I thought Danny Woodburn was playing Splinter, not Danny Huston
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