The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot movie has seemed like a bad idea from the moment we heard Michael Bay was involved. Although Bay isn’t directing the film, it appears as if every decision his production company Platinum Dunes has made was ill-conceived, shortsighted, and alienated long-time fans of the Heroes in a Half Shell. The movie reboot has even angered TMNT co-creator Peter Laird.
On Peter Laird’s personal blog, he sounded off about Michael Bay’s decision to cast Megan Fox (presumably in the role of April O’Neil) in the upcoming reboot. Laird writes:
My only exposure to Megan Fox as an actress is through her role in two Transformers movies and the wretched (but happily forgettable) Jennifer’s Body. It may not be fair to judge her range of acting skills just from those three movies, but I think it is safe to say that there are probably hundreds of better choices for the role of April O’Neil. Of course, her name has promotional value, and maybe that’s what they want. Who knows? I can’t get myself too worked up about it. — PL
Is Peter Laird right about Megan Fox? I think he’s being completely unfair. Megan Fox has been a much better actor after the Transformers movies. She had a small role in the indie movie Friends with Kids, opposite Adam Scott and Jon Hamm, in which she was delightful. Fox also appeared in Judd Apatow’s latest film, This Is 40, and again she was surprisingly witty and charming.
Yes, Megan Fox was bad in the Transformers movies, but everyone was bad in those films. It’s not like April O’Neil is the most dynamic and thought-proving character in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, so adding Megan Fox to the cast might brighten up a very dull character.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will hit theaters everywhere on June 6, 2014.