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 on Apr 3, 2014


they're really trying their hardest to f*ck this movie up aren't they? and the fan edited turtles looks so much better.

ColtNoir on Apr 3, 2014


okayyyy? Shouldnt he at least be someone like Michaelangelo? His persona fits Mikey's character.....................but WTF-ever

Rock n Rollllll on Apr 3, 2014


Still pulling for Pete P's big breakout.

$23541995 on Apr 3, 2014


Wasnt blown away by the trailer but it got me interested and curious but this is just weird voice casting

moviegab on Apr 3, 2014


Yeah as it looks right now I will not see this movie. The lips look all wrong.

Flops on Apr 3, 2014


Can this movie get any worse

Zak Coleman on Apr 3, 2014


April fools was 2 days ago

Kneehemyah Nemo Knox on Apr 3, 2014


What happened next ????

redskulllives on Apr 3, 2014


They took there panties off

Super saiyan uchihia on Apr 3, 2014


Jesus! Id do anything to be that water.

Rock n Rollllll on Apr 3, 2014


Ya sexy pic

Super saiyan uchihia on Apr 3, 2014


That sucks for that Pete guy.

DAVIDPD on Apr 3, 2014


The artist who did the fix is Fabio Valle from Brazil. His instagram is great! (@fabvalle) He also has a great youtube and website!

The Salivation Army on Apr 3, 2014


Too Easy! I was gonna make fun of this crap! But it looks self fulfilling to me!

Jimmy Love on Apr 3, 2014


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.

ali3000 on Apr 3, 2014


Umm April fools is suppose to be on the 1st right.....

SkyNet300 on Apr 4, 2014


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.

SkyNet300 on Apr 4, 2014

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