With Reporting By Josh Horowitz
Get ready for some heroes in a half shell, because “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” is coming.
In anticipation of the reboot of the beloved franchise, we visited the set of the upcoming movie and spoke to stars Megan Fox and Will Arnett. And Fox, who plays news reporter and friend of the turtles April O’ Neil, couldn’t have been more excited.
“They were my favorite movies as a kid,” Fox said. “That was my thing. Way, way more so than ’Star Wars’ or in later years, still more than ’Lord of the Rings.’ It was always ’Ninja Turtles.'”
It apparently wasn’t a totally platonic relationship either, as Fox developed some strong feelings for one of the turtles in particular.
“My first crush, and everyone thinks this is really weird, but little girls have crushes on animated characters, and my first crush was Michaelangelo,” Fox revealed. “So I’m super excited.”
Sorry, other turtles. Looks like you’ll have to find someone else. Fox and Michaelangelo are the next big Hollywood couple.
Perhaps the most defining aspect of April O’ Neil is her redder-than-red hair. But how red was too red?
“We went through many shades of red, and then we toned it down to a deep auburn,” Fox said. “But when they color time the movie it will be more red, FYI.”
We also caught up with Will Arnett, who plays cowardly cameraman Vernon Fenwick, who confirmed that both pizza and Splinter will play major roles in the film.
“Absolutely, Splinter is crucial,” Arnett said. “That all-wise giant rat is very important to the story.”
Arnett’s also very happy with the locales of the film and the direction it’s taking.
“There is time in the sewers. There is time in the lair. There’s all of it,” Arnett explained. “I think we’ve done a really good job in staying true to the mythology and then telling a new story, telling a new version.”
The only thing we don’t know is whether the theme song will be coming back, but just in case it isn’t, check out Fox’s rendition of it at the end of the video (with a little Vanilla Ice thrown in there for good measure).
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” opens everywhere August 8.