The one burning question I wanted answered last week when the news broke that Johnny Knoxville and Tony Schaloub would be taking over as the voices of Leonardo and Splinter in Michael Bay‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot was, “Did the actors, Pete Plozek and Danny Woodburn, know they would only be doing the physical performance?” Now we know.
Danny Woodburn took to the Twitter-verse to express his disappointment upon finding out he had been replaced.
— Danny Woodburn (@DannyWoodburn64) April 3, 2014
That’s gotta suck. Especially when you’ve just finished doing voice work for the very same character in the video game.
— Danny Woodburn (@DannyWoodburn64) March 26, 2014
Word from sources over at Deadline say that the studio was always open to changing the voices in the TMNT reboot and that the actors involved were only guaranteed to perform the physical roles in costume. Meaning that although the actors were saying the lines, there was no guarantee they would be the voice of the character.
The studio wouldn’t make this move unless they knew their backs were covered legally and I’m sure tucked in the actor’s contracts are all kinds of legal mambo-jumbo that let’s the studio do whatever the hell they want.
It still sucks, but in the long run, will most likely just be another movie trivia question. The good news is that now Woodburn can join David Prowse’s support group for actors replaced by voice overs.