William Fichtner Says He's Playing Shredder in 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'

Monday, 24 June 2013 07:03 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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William Fichtner Says He's Playing Shredder in 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'

Even if he's only showing up to deliver a handful of lines, William Fichtner makes any movie better just by his unique presence.  He's that good.

We've known for a while that the new live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie would make use of Fichtner's talents, but it seems that the reboot could stand to benefit from his participation even more than we thought, because Fichtner's not playing some T.G.R.I. guy or pizza delivery boy.

Instead, Fichtner has revealed that he's playing Shredder, the Turtles' longtime nemesis.

Over the last two decades, Fichtner has proven unequivocally that he can do pretty much anything through many an MVP supporting turn.  His well-known and notable roles include memorable appearances in Go, Black Hawk Down, Heat, Armageddon, Drive Angry, The Perfect Storm, and even The Dark Knight.  On television, he did fine work on Prison Break and HBO's Empire Falls.

Later this summer, Fichtner plays crucial roles in event movies The Lone Ranger and Elysium.

Next summer, apparently, our man William will face off against Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird's reptilian quarter in the first live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie since 1993.

In an interview with Huffington Post Canada promoting his new NBC series Crossing Lines, Fichtner let the Shredder cat out of the bag, saying, “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.”

There you have it.

When Will Arnett joined the cast as a mystery character back in April, many fans assumed that the Arrested Development actor would be playing Shredder.  After all, he has a tremendously grizzled voice that sounds made to play villains.  Unofficial photos from the New York set of the reboot, however, revealed that Arnett is playing April O'Neil's cameraman Vernon Fenwick.

Megan Fox plays April, the human lead and good friend to the sewer-dwelling, pizza-loving turtles.  Those turtles are, for the first time, being brought to life via motion-capture technology, with a quartet of actors providing the voices and performance bases.  Alan Ritchson plays Raphael, with Pete Ploszek as Leonardo, Jeremy Howard as Donatello, and Noel Fisher as Michelangelo.  Danny Woodburn, meanwhile, plays their father figure Splinter.

Jonathan Liebesman, who recently directed Wrath of the Titans and Battle Los Angeles, is helming the reboot.  Through Platinum Dunes, their production company specializing in horror remakes, Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form produce, with Paramount distributing.  Liebesman and Platinum Dunes previously worked together on the prequel to a remake Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning.


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