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William Fichtner Discusses More Than Just Recurring Role in TMNT 2

by Justin W

It wasn’t too long ago that we announced William Fichtner was going to be playing a character known as Eric Sachs. At the time, the assumption and all reports suggested that Eric Sachs would be Shredder. If you haven’t seen the movie yet and you’re not a fan of spoilers, you might want to stop reading now, because the rest of this article requires a basic understanding of the plot from Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film.

For those of us in the know, it’s clear now that Eric Sachs actually isn’t everyone’s favorite bad guy, he’s just a partner/henchman for the Shredder – or at least that’s the impression given by the film. Despite that, some fans have speculated about whether or not Fichtner was ever intended to play Shredhead originally, and he pretty much confirmed this a few months ago.

There were more than a few hints to this origin, including clothing worn by the character of Eric Sachs and the language he uses. Heck, in previous interviews about his role, William Fichtner seemed all too happy to be recognized as playing the role of Shredder, and even confirmed that there were originally plans for at least three movies. A recent interview with the actor was similarly enlightening, albeit for different reasons.

While discussing his recurring role in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, Fichtner was asked about whether or not he felt bad about losing the role of Shredder. He had the following to say about his experiences with the first film:

“Not at all, actually. Without getting into too much detail, I really understood why it might be stronger to separate [Sachs and Shredder]. And I’ve said this a million times, I’m such a producer-friendly guy. Because when we talked about making some changes on the film, and dial it in a little bit better and not go in this direction because we’re going to go in that direction, I ultimately felt it was a better movie. And that’s putting myself out of the equation. I just thought the thought process to separate Shredder from Sachs was a better movie.”

Eric Sachs was originally intended to be Shredder, but this was altered at the last second and he was instead made an associate of Oroku Saki. Was Fichtner right that this decision made for a better movie? Who knows. We haven’t seen what the film was originally intended to be, and it would be difficult for anyone to determine how good it could have been.

Regardless of the possibilities, what we do know is that the film was commercially successful in a variety of markets. As a result of its success, the sequel was greenlit and is scheduled to go into production this April in New York. Fichtner has said that he will be coming back for the second film, but it’s difficult to discern where they will take his character from here. After all, they could change everything up and go in an entirely different direction from here on out, and we could discover that there’s more to Eric Sachs now than there ever was before.

Eric Sachs TMNT

What do you think? Was it a good decision to make Eric Sachs an accomplice instead of the main villain? Let us know in the comments below. Whatever the case may be, we’re excited to see where producers and director Dave Green will take this project. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is set to be released during the summer of 2016.

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TigerClaw305 March 16, 2015 - 11:22 pm

Yeah, I think it was a good idea for Erick Sachs being an accomplice, instead of the main villain, What i think will happen is, In TMNT 2, Shredder will come up to Erick Sachs, and brings him the Mutagen, And that’s how I believe they will create Bebop and Rocksteady for the sequel.

Svyatoslav Albireo March 17, 2015 - 1:51 pm

I think, Fichtner is awesome. But the film is made so-so. Doesn’t matter – the one person Eric and Shredder or the different ones. In our time it could film better.

Walter Alvarez March 17, 2015 - 3:22 pm

maybe in the original plot, Sacks was the shredder, using the name Erick Sacks, (which thanks to someone that pointed it out) a deformation of Oroku Saki,(Oroku=Erick; Saki=Sacks), or not…

Torian March 17, 2015 - 4:35 pm

Oroku Saki is Shredder.

J@ker March 17, 2015 - 7:04 pm

Eric Sachs is Kraang

Billy Bob Throrton March 18, 2015 - 1:36 am

that’d actually be alright,due to scenes like that part when the turtles are captured and he’s like,”would you look at YOU”
he has a little more fun with things than Shredder,and it would explain him being in the sequel after Gob bashed his head in with a microscope

Dan Howell March 17, 2015 - 11:54 pm

Off topic. Make the turtles Smaller… And bring in the Foot Clan. The humans not robots. And ninja weapons, not guns like Swat or Mercs.

Billy Bob Throrton March 18, 2015 - 1:27 am

“make the turtles smaller”
i agree with that more than anything

Billy Bob Throrton March 18, 2015 - 1:34 am

“Who knows. We haven’t seen what the film was originally intended to be,
and it would be difficult for anyone to determine how good it could have

the change was heavily rumored to be due to whitewashing the cast! wondering if the racist version would be good really cements how dumb the people running this site are.

and if it wasn’t that it’s because the studio thought it was bad,that’s what reshoots are,how do you not know that?

Nick Gieske March 18, 2015 - 4:46 pm

How is it racist that they meant for Shredder to be a white man in the film originally? How is it stupid that we wonder what the film would’ve been like without the re-shoots? I honestly think the film would’ve turned out better without the rushed re-shoots due to the idiotic fan outcry that Shredder “has to be Japanese”. If anything, THAT is racist. It’s like everyone who doesn’t want the new Fantastic Four film to have a black Human Torch. Also “whitewashing the cast”? Karai was already in the film, and Japanese. She would’ve had a bigger role without the re-shoots. Baxter Stockman (A BLACK MAN) was also supposed to be in the movie, but due to reshoots, Fichtner presumably did the re-shoots that were supposed to be Stockman’s scenes. So in essence, they whitewashed the film WITH the re-shoots. So before you go sounding off your uneducated, ignorant mouth again, learn some facts. Watch the movie for more than just the “exciting explosions” and pay attention to plot. I bet the original film would’ve been 10x better had it not been for idiots like you.

NUMBER ONE TMNT FAN March 18, 2015 - 11:49 am

I totally think it was a good idea not to make eric sachs shredder. I mean picture that! it would have been really weird! Shredder has to be Japanese I think. I just.. I don’t know. I think it would have been really weird if eric sachs was shredder

Brianna McQuain March 24, 2015 - 9:01 am

I like the movie but i dont thinl i would make the turtles smaller. they were big in the first movie and i dont want to confuse little kids. same thing with the charters. dont change who plays them because it will confuse little kids. you should of seen my reaction to ninja turtles 2 the secret of the ooze. i was shocked to see that they used diffrent people. i cant wait for ninja turtles 2!

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