New York Casting Call for TMNT 2 Extras

The current cast and crew of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II can’t stop singing the praises of New York. Whether it be NYC or Buffalo, the production team for TMNT 2 is in love with the state where the turtles first saw their origin. In fact, if you live in the area, you could have an opportunity to be a part of the new movie. That’s right, although they’ve already begun production on the film, there was recently a casting call for extras in NYC.

TMNT 2 Sheamus RocksteadyThey’re currently looking for both bodybuilders and new faces to portray lower Manhattan pedestrians. Just about anybody can fill the role of a pedestrian, but if you’re hoping to get the bodybuilder part, you should probably look like Stephen Farrelly. Set to play Rocksteady in TMNT 2, Farrelly is better known as his WWE character Sheamus, and he definitely has a unique look. Regardless, the role they are looking to fill is that of a body double for Farrelly, so it will be important to be roughly the same size and shape as the WWE star.

In a recent interview, TMNT 2 director Dave Green spoke fondly of New York City as the stomping grounds for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:

“The Turtles, because they’re ninjas and also mutants, they have to live their lives underground and in the shadows. And New York has this immense subterranean universe with subway systems and the gas and the power lines. When we were scouting, we looked at all these little nooks and crannies of the city that are the city behind the city.”

With this statement, Green has revealed that he knows a thing or two about the turtles and why NYC is the perfect place for them to live. After all, if you’re going to be a Ninja Turtle, it helps to have a lot of places to hide. TMNT 2 Screenwriter Josh Appelbaum went even further when he stated the following:

“Batman was Gotham City, Superman was Metropolis – Turtles is one of the few where it is New York City and calling it by name. So to be able to go to Madison Square Garden and Grand Central Station and Hayden Planetarium … it so speaks to the spirit and history of the franchise.”


It’s important to note how closely tied the TMNT are to their roots in New York City, and it’s nice to see that the filmmakers and writers for the film are well aware of these origins. Needless to say, it’s also nice to see them giving a few opportunities to aspiring actors in New York with these late casting calls. If you live in NYC and you’ve always wanted to be a part of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, this might just be the opportunity of a lifetime. Heck, I know that if I lived in the area, I’d be heading down there right now!

What do you all think? Is NYC the perfect homestead for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? How many of you are going to try out for these extra roles? 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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