On his personal blog (in a comment on a unrelated post!) "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" comic co-creator Peter Laird answered a fan's question about his thoughts on casting Megan Fox* as April O'Neil in the Michael Bay-produced "Ninja Turtles" movie.
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.
Laird has a different stance than his fellow creator Kevin Eastman, who has been supremely supportive of Bay's vision for the possibly alien in origin teen turtle flick, telling us at San Diego Comic-Con 2012, "From what I've seen, it's easily the best 'Turtle' movie yet." Initially, it was reported that Laird was on board with Bay, telling fans to "take a breath, and chill" after the masses flipped about the Turtles' possible cosmic backstory, saying:
[T]he reason I say it could be a 'genius' idea is that -- for the first time -- someone has come up with a way to have as many freakin' Turtles as they want. I mean, if the TMNT are actually members of an alien race, there could be a whole PLANET of them!
But he later clarified his statement:
Just so it's absolutely clear -- I think a planet of turtles is not, in and of itself, a bad idea for some kind of science fiction/fantasy story. But as a way to explain any aspect of the backstory of TMNT, I think it is awful and unnecessary.
We're not sure if the whole alien thing is still in the script, mind you, but just for the record, Peter Laird don't dig it.
On a side note, it's funny that Michael Bay gets all the hate for what many are considering the bad decision-making on this new movie. None of the rage is tossed at director Jonathan Liebesman. Michael Bay is a divisive figure, yet folks on both sides of the pro and con fence are seemingly buying tickets to see his stuff. Bay can't possibly deserve all the blame for what could happen to your beloved Turtles. Can he?
"Ninja Turtles" is scheduled to land in theaters (FROM ANOTHER PLANET!) on June 6th, 2014.
*I don't hate her.