TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Recasts Leonardo and Splinter with Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shalhoub
By Dan Casey on April 3, 2014
The radioactive ooze that transformed ordinary turtles into Italian cuisine-loving, sewer-dwelling Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is evidently transforming some of the actors behind Paramount’s forthcoming Michael Bay-produced, Jonathan Liebesman-directed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, too. Deadline reports that the studio has recast Leonardo with Jackass alum Johnny Knoxville and Master Splinter with Monk‘s Tony Shalhoub, which may come as a shock to some considering the film comes out on August 8th.
During the filming process, Pete Ploszek (Shameless) played the role of Leonardo and Danny Woodburn (Seinfeld) portrayed Splinter, but evidently, sources had hinted that the studio was always open to recasting the voice component of the film and the actors were only guaranteed that they would physically perform the roles in costume. It isn’t a move without precedent either by Paramount, who added 100% more Channing Tatum to G.I. Joe: Retaliation and a new ending to World War Z, or other films like Hellboy, which featured Doug Jones as the physical version of Abe Sapien and David Hyde Pierce providing the voice. The question remains: will they recast the pizza with flatbread panini sandwiches? Panera was not available for comment.
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