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