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Alan Ritchson Talks Turtles Once More

During a recent promotional event for the film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Alan Ritchson had some interesting things to say about the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie coming out in 2014. As many of you may know, Ritchson will be playing the role of Raphael in the film, although you probably won’t be able to tell once they’ve turned him into a CGI turtle. Regardless, his experiences working on the film are of paramount importance, as we still have yet to really get a sense for what to expect from this latest TMNT movie. Speaking on the character of Raph, he said the following:
“He’s known as the angry hothead of the group. He is quick tempered and is quick to act. He is less thoughtful of people’s feelings and emotions and consequences. That’s something I can relate to as a person…So I can relate to him in that sense, but I think just zoning in on who that guy is and then understanding the back story… how [the Turtles] were formed in the context of our story and where they came from, and the feelings of abandonment or betrayal. All those very real human feelings are something that are contained within that world, and I think we did a good job of creating a setting and a foundation for that.”


Ritchson continued on to say, “I think as far as Ninja Turtles, I played a comic book hero [Aquaman] before, so I had some experience with trying to bring a character like that to life. It’s challenging because a comic book can span decades and there is an infinite number of authors to go to. The source material changes and these characters’ identities change. We still see it every day, like Superman is gay now in comic book nine hundred and eighty one, it’s like ‘okay well, that’s different then than the guy that started out in number one.’”

On Location For "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

For those unaware, Alan Ritchson did actually play the role of Aquaman in the popular television series Smallville. Perhaps that is why he was chosen for this role? Needless to say, he’s definitely becoming a big name in Hollywood nowadays with starring roles in the latest Hunger Games film as well as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He does bring up some very interesting points, touching on the concept that it is sometimes hard to decide which version of a super hero to emulate. With so many different iterations of a character portrayed over the years, sometimes it’s difficult to determine which story to tell.


Considering that the new film features some characters that are primarily featured in the ’87 animated series, it’s clear that they’re trying to take this latest iteration of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in a new direction. Ritchson’s comments here seem to denote a general enthusiasm while pointing out a lot of the challenges that are inherent with a project such as this. Despite the challenge, everyone involved seems to be happy with the result. Of course, we won’t know how well this film will pan out until August of 2014, but at least someone has some pretty positive things to say about the new TMNT movie. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

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Justin W

Justin W

My name is Justin Wren and I love to write about the TMNT! I've been a big Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan since the late 80's. Back then, I would watch the original animated series and play with the Playmates toys all the time. I have been following the boys ever since I was a kid, and I'm very happy to see them back in the limelight after all these years. Needless to say, I'm proud to be a member of the team on this awesome TMNT Fan Site!

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