There was a veil of pseudo-secrecy over William Fichtner's casting in Jonathan Liebesman's Ninja Turtle movie. It led me to post a story with the headline:
William Fichtner Is Shredder In The New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. We Think
But I don't need to just think any more, I can now blindly take his word for it. That's better, right?
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.
Lurking behind the "Really?", the laughs and the thinking for a minute might have been the physical requirements expected of the role. There's bound to be some sort of martial arts prancing required, at least until a stunt person in a helmet takes over.
Or it might have been the fact that Fichtner isn't at all Japanese. I wrote about what his casting would mean before, when it was just an assumption:
That would mean the role has been somewhat 'racebent,' as the kids call it. Or 'racebended.' I'm not sure which. I'm not really down with the kids and their new slangy ways of expressing outrage at casual stereotyping, prejudice and exploitation.
Though there is another possibility. Perhaps he's had his background futzed with like the Turtles have/haven't/may have had.
Incidentally, here's a Ninja Turtles poster that Coming Soon saw at the Las Vegas Licensing Expo this week. The references to Teenage and Mutant have gone again… or maybe this design predates them coming back.
Ninja Turtles will be in cinemas next Summer. Release dates keep shifting, but we're looking at June in the US and August in the UK.