Johnny Knoxville to Voice Leonardo in 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'

April 3, 2014
Source: Deadline

Johnny Knoxville

Well, if the newly redesigned heroes in a half-shell in the recent teaser trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles didn't turn you off (though a fan "fixed" them using the magic of Photoshop), then this next bit of news might do the trick. The film had already cast Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Pete Ploszek as Leonardo, Jeremy Howard as Donatello, Noel Fisher as Michelangelo and Danny Woodburn as Splinter, but apparently the actors who took those roles knew their voice might be switched out for someone else. And that's what happened with at least one turtle as Deadline reports Johnny Knoxville will voice Leonardo.

In addition, Tony Shalhoub ("Monk" and Men in Black) has been brought in to voice the turtles' rat mentor Splinter. Knoxville isn't exactly known for his voice talents (or real acting talents), despite doing a couple episodes of "King of the Hill" and "SpongeBob SquarePants," so this voice casting just seems weird. Plus, you would think that he might be a better fit for Raphael or Michelangelo, but apparently director Jonathan Liebesman is happy with what Alan Ritchson and Noel Fisher delivered for those characters. Meanwhile, Shalhoub can certainly pull off Splinter, so that's no big deal. While I was interested to see more of TMNT after that teaser, Knoxville's casting has me concerned. Thoughts?

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  • Bl00dwerK
  • ColtNoir
    they're really trying their hardest to f*ck this movie up aren't they? and the fan edited turtles looks so much better.
  • Rock n Rollllll
    okayyyy? Shouldnt he at least be someone like Michaelangelo? His persona fits Mikey's character.....................but WTF-ever
  • $23541995
    Still pulling for Pete P's big breakout.
  • Wasnt blown away by the trailer but it got me interested and curious but this is just weird voice casting
  • Flops
    Yeah as it looks right now I will not see this movie. The lips look all wrong.
  • Zak Coleman
    Can this movie get any worse
  • Kneehemyah Nemo Knox
    April fools was 2 days ago
  • redskulllives
    What happened next ????
    • Super saiyan uchihia
      They took there panties off
  • Rock n Rollllll
    Jesus! Id do anything to be that water.
    • Super saiyan uchihia
      Ya sexy pic
    That sucks for that Pete guy.
  • The Salivation Army
    The artist who did the fix is Fabio Valle from Brazil. His instagram is great! (@fabvalle) He also has a great youtube and website!
  • Too Easy! I was gonna make fun of this crap! But it looks self fulfilling to me!
  • ali3000
    They're taking a fictional character who is a natural born leader and is very disciplined, and voicing him with the guy who gets hit in the nuts for a living. Thumbs up, mister Bay. You did it again.
  • SkyNet300
    Umm April fools is suppose to be on the 1st right.....
  • SkyNet300
    What an awful choice. At this point I think the studio just wants to get a rise out of the fanboys. Seems rather disrespectful to me.




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