Danny Woodburn


A few months back, the trailer for the new Jonathan Liebesman-directed, Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remake was released, and instant fan reaction to the look of these rebooted Turtles was, ahem, not kind. What was missing from the equation was a real good look a the Turtles’ mentor Splinter, and their arch-nemesis The Shredder. Prepare to get your first, real decent look at the characters in the upcoming big studio feature. (more…)

Last week, Danny Woodburn, who is best known for his roles in Seinfeld and Watchmen, was shocked to learn that he had been replaced as the voice of ‘Master Splinter’ in the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He isn’t taking the news lying down, and has responded, “my legal team is looking into it.” While it sounds interesting, it doesn’t seem as though the actor has a leg to stand on. That’s according to a source for Deadline’s Mike Fleming  who said, “the actors were only guaranteed to physically perform the roles in costume.”
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Danny Splinter

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. (more…)


As TMNT fans the world over enjoy the unique warm feeling that comes from slowly-building nerd rage, the Film That Should Not Be has cast yet another role:


That’s Danny Woodburn, known to mundanes for recurring roles on Seinfeld and Bones, and to nerddom for an excellent cameo as diminutive crime boss and Rorschach nemesis Big Figure in Zack Snyder’s Watchmen (he was also in one of my favorite movies of all time: Death To Smoochy). Woodburn will be portraying Master Splinter, according to The Hollywood Reporter, shattering my hopes that they’d make the Turtles’ rodent mentor tall and badass like in the new Nickelodeon series. In any case, he’s too good for this crap sandwich – kinda like how John Turturro was too good for the Transformers films.

In other Bayturtles news, Alan Ritchson, the reboot’s new Raphael, had some words for (again) THR regarding the experience of making this….well, “contentious” film:

“We are shooting. It’s been an interesting process, this  live-action-motion-capture thing. There’s just a lot of technology involved so  there’s some kinks to work out. So we’ve had some trial runs, we’ve started  shooting some. We’re also in this phase right now that is sort of  developmental….We’re learning a lot of the fight choreography. We’ve got these  unbelievable stunt trainers that work us every day to the bone. It’s been a  great process. We’ll pick back up with principal photography  soon.”

And there’s more: Apparently he’s distressed by the reputation his movie has already earned itself on the internet…y’know, due to articles like this one:

“The frustrating thing for me since I’ve signed on is that you hear  that it’s already got a reputation, this movie that hasn’t come out yet. 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 and it’s frustrating  because you want to tell everybody how great it is, and you can’t really say  why, but it is. It’s so much better than people think and it’s going to look way  better than anybody can imagine. I can’t wait for people to see this. I think  it’s going to live up to and exceed everybody’s boyhood dreams of being a Ninja  Turtle. I grew up with it too and I want to see it come to life in the best way  possible.”

In other words: Everything I’m telling you, and every other writer on pretty much every website like this has been telling you, is wrong….and I’ve wasted both your time and my own by writing this.


Here’s Ritchson’s full interview with THR, in case you have a yen to see and hear him explain why I don’t know what I’m talking about.

Sources: Comingsoon.net…..twice