Noel Fisher has been and done many things on screen that normal people never do. He was a vampire in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2,” the leader of a sex ring in “Shameless” and a young man who reaches his, well, final destination after cheating death in “Final Destination 2.” But this weekend marks a brand new turn, even for him.
This weekend, Fisher becomes a turtle.
He plays Michelangelo in the latest iteration of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” a part that required him to show up to work in a “grey leotard-esque thing with thousands of triangles all over it” and polka dots painted all over his face for the motion capture photography that would transform him into an oversized reptile, then chat up Megan Fox (she plays reporter/turtle pal April O’Neil) while in the get-up.
Asked by MTV News whether he ever imagined the above paragraph would be his life, dropping pickup lines on Fox included, Fisher laughed.
“No, I never really pictured that, because that would be me basically picturing myself getting arrested, and I didn’t really want that,” he said.
He Might Not Be A Michelangelo At Heart
Though Fisher plays the bro-tastic, orange-masked turtle in the movie, it wasn’t Michelangelo he was pretending to be while playing “Turtles” as a kid.
“More often than not, I was Donatello. I really loved Donatello as a kid,” he said. “I just really had an affinity for the bowstaff for some reason. I don’t really know why. Maybe because it was the most easy toy to replicate with, like, a stick that I found somewhere. Just a practical choice at that point. I loved finding some branch somewhere and running around my backyard whipping it around fighting Foot soldiers. It’s a lot harder to do with nunchucks. You gotta make those things.”
Speaking of those nunchucks, Fisher says he could “absolutely not” lay someone out using them, despite the months of training with the weapon he underwent for the role. Using Michelangelo’s signature weapon, he says, he’s a “borderline ninja.”
“Nunchucks, I think, are fully the most fun,” he said. “It’s like a very interesting, slightly dangerous dance, because you can poke yourself in the eye very quickly. As I did, several times.”
It’s not surprising, then, to hear that his most brutal mishap involved the prop.
“Training, I hit myself in the eye twice in one day, that was superfun,” he said. “I made the very, very intelligent decision to practice them in my hotel room with a very full glass of juice sitting far too close by on a coffee table. That juice ended up all over the wall really, really quickly. I broke the glass. It was not a proud moment for me.”
Maybe stick to that bowstaff in the future.
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” is in theaters today.