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Let’s Check in on the TMNT Movie: Alan Ritchson Says the Haters are Wrong

Or maybe Alan Ritchson is just really getting into character as the hotheaded Raphael?

At the MTV Movie Awards last night, Ritchson talked to reporters about the Michael Bay produced-but-not-directed adaptation… or reboot… or whatever you want to call it when a franchise has had four television series, innumerable comic series, and is starting up its third separate movie continuity. This isn’t the guy’s first nerd adaptation, what with his role as Aquaman in Smallville and Gloss in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but it’s probably his most contentious, which might explain why he seems really puzzled at the internet reaction. From The Hollywood Reporter:

The frustrating thing for me since I’ve signed on is that you hear that it’s already got a reputation. I think people assume they know what it’s going to be about, and those people are wrong. The assumptions, everything you read online is wrong. You want to tell everybody how great it is, and you can’t really say why, but it is.

I don’t think “but it is” is going to convince many people, but it’s nice to see him try. Sounds like Ritchson is spending most of his time on set covered in motion capture gear, so I suppose on the bright side, if he winds up changing his mind about the movie, he at least won’t technically have his face in the movie.

(via The Hollywood Reporter.)

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  • Anonymous

    I can sympathize with Ritchson. I can’t imagine how thankless a job it is to adapt a well-loved genre property; people clamor for years for adaptations and when you do it they wonder why the hell you’re even bothering – usually by asserting that you are “assaulting” their childhood, to put it mildly. You character gets criticized every time a bit of unfounded rumor emerges. You have to deal with irrational Michael Bay and Megan Fox hate (I mean, really, I’ve heard people complaining that they didn’t cast a redhead for April…smh at lack of knowledge of hair dye technology; oh, and people April in the show was a knockout, who was also tough and intelligent, with fugly but practical fashion sense…casting Fox is not the worst thing that ever happened to humanity). The simple truth is our lives won’t be any worse off if this movie turns out to be a piece of crap. And in the slim chance that it’s actually good (for all its flaws I actually enjoyed the first Transformers movie) we get a TMNT movie.

  • Anonymous

    Same. I don’t have a lot of love for Michael Bay in any sense, but I feel for any actor who takes part in an adapted property. The internet will eat you alive before a single trailer is out, often over stuff the actor has no control over.

  • Travis Fischer

    Have you seen the Transformers movies? There is nothing irrational about Michael Bay Hate.

  • Anonymous

    And I would respond: there’s nothing rational about internet hate.

    But to expand, despite what you think of Bay personally (I happen to believe he’s arrogant, sometimes tone deaf, and often sleazy), he can shoot the hell out of an action film. He’s a great action director who’s been aped more than any living filmmaker save maybe Tarantino and Scorsese. He basically created the contemporary action movie shot vocabulary, and you can’t see an action movie now without several shots taken directly from Bay films. You don’t have to like him, but you have to respect the fact that the man knows how to shoot a movie. And, yes, I’ve seen the TF movies, and like I said I enjoyed the first one, loathed the second, and was numb by the end of the third. Yep, Turtles will probably have a handful of shots objectifying April (which, frankly, isn’t much worse than the objectification of that character over the years by male TMNT fans), a couple of uncomfortable racial stereotypes, and many BOOMS…but he’ll shoot the hell out of it.

    Also in the “despised but knows what the hell they are doing with a camera camp”: James Cameron, Ron Howard, and Roland Emmerich.

  • Alexa

    Well people can’t help but have these assumptions because well the Transformers movies was pretty bad. It’s not fun seeing something you loved when you were a kid, not be handled at all well. And really casting Megan Fox as April O’Neill was just plain lazy in my opinion. So sorry Mr. Ritchson, you can cry all you want but a majority of people never really wanted this movie to happen, Mr. Bay at this point is that disliked. Not your fault, but its the truth.

  • Ben Lundy

    I don’t “hate” the new Ninja Turtles movie, nor do I assume anything about the particulars of the film– I just have no desire to see it. I think Michael Bay’s Transformers movies, with the exception of PARTS of the first one, utterly decimated the Transformers brand image for a generation. I don’t consider him a talented director OR creative decision-maker, so I won’t be seeing any of his future films, regardless of the property involved, unless compelling evidence forces me to reconsider (such as glowing critical reviews or overwhelming praise/approval from the TMNT fandom).

  • Anonymous

    Yes, this. I hate what Michael Bay did to the Transformers movies.
    But this is a movie where he’s producing. Not writing, not directing. His chances to crap on the story will be limited. There’s room here for a good movie. I’m not sure whether this will be crap or great. I’m withholding judgement.
    And responding to what you said about his movie-making skills; the TF films were technical masterpieces–the things he did that made the movie seem like the things we saw were really happening, bolstered by a lot of money and a good crew, were astounding.
    It’s just that behind the ultra-astounding camera work everything was crap layered over crap with a bunch of stupid crap.
    I’d add George Lucas to your list of technical proficients whose story-telling is best in collaboration. (maybe Steven Spielberg, depending on the day. Goddammit, what is this War Horse crap, and why is it all so beautiful while I hurl?)

  • Erica M.

    My ninja turtles don’t come from space. If that changes I’ll change my mind. Otherwise, its ‘reputation’ is going to stay.

  • SuperSiblings

    I, for one, am actually pretty excited about the movie. So much in fact that I made a shirt… Check it out and go vote!

  • Rocker

    The first tmnt movie was the best comic book movie till the avengers came along. To this day i still want to join the foot in that movie.I have little hope in this movie because I just see it falling very short of the original