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Donny Wants ‘More Quiet Moments’ in TMNT 2

I think we can all agree that the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film featured quite a lot of shell rocking action. Should we expect anything less from the turtles we know and love? Well, according to the actor who played Donatello, perhaps we should.


Recently, Jeremy Howard spoke with CBR about his role as Donny, and went into detail about his casting, experiences, and what he wanted to see in the sequel. When asked about his wishlist for TMNT 2, Howard had the following to say:

We’ve heard they are going to bring new characters in, like Bebop and Rocksteady. I’d love to see more interaction with the Turtles, more quiet moments where we get to see how they think and what makes them tick. At the same time, I’d like to see more ninja artistry on screen. There’s a lot more skill we could see in the action sequences. Everybody has such a specific skill with their weapons. I don’t think we saw that come out as much as we had hoped with all the training we did. Again, it comes down to time and budget. I think we have the opportunity to slow things down and get specific with their skills and the way they think.

To be honest, I think Jeremy is onto something here. If there’s anything we can all agree about when it comes to last year’s TMNT film, it’s the overabundance of action featured in the movie. As awesome as that was to see, we didn’t really get to see the character of the turtles fleshed out too much.


Sure, we’re all familiar with the traits of the Ninja Turtles, but it would have been nice to see more of that on film. One of the things that makes the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles so special is the relationship that they share with one another, and Jeremy Howard is absolutely right when he says that we need to see more of that.


Howard also touched on the fact that we didn’t get to see much of the turtles practicing their ninjutsu skills, which is also very true. Although there were a few scenes where the brothers interacted with their sensei and showed off some of their skills, they weren’t very long or elaborate. It would be nice to see them spend some more time in the dojo, preparing to face off against the foot clan and Shredder with the help of Splinter.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I have to admit that I entirely agree with Donny on this one. What do you think? Should the sequel slow down a bit and focus more on the relationship between the Ninja Turtles and their skills? Let us know your thoughts on this subject 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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