'Watchmen' Star Danny Woodburn Joining 'Ninja Turtles' as Splinter
by Ethan Anderton
April 15, 2013
With all four of the heroes in a half-shell lined up with Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Pete Ploszek will play Leonardo, Jeremy Howard will play Donatello and Noel Fisher will take the role of Michaelangelo, the new iteration of Ninja Turtles has been looking for the teenage mutants' wise leader. Now Deadline has word that the search is over with "Seinfeld" veteran and Watchmen star Danny Woodburn taking on the role of Master Splinter in the live-action/CG hybrid film from director Jonathan Liebesman. You might not know Woodburn by name, but you'll undoubtedly recognize him from plenty of movies and TV series. Read on!
Woodburn is easily recognizable because he's one of the few more notable dwarf actors in Hollywood with roles ranging from Jingle All the Way to Death to Smoochy, not to mention TV appearances on "Party Down" and "CSI." Woodburn is a good enough actor, but he also has a very recognizable voice, and not one that I would immediately think of for Master Splinter. But maybe that's just because I have the cartoon and film versions of the character stuck in my head. Woodburn also joins Megan Fox as April O'Neil and Will Arnett in an unknown role, and it's looking more likely to be the villain Shredder. Stay tuned.