Not very long ago, it was announced that Megan Fox, of all people, would play the role of April O’Neil in the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. That news has not been greeted particularly well. Fans are again outraged, and the stock continues to drop for this re-imagining.
Among the naysayers is none other than the man who helped create the Turtles in the first place, Peter Laird. Laird has been vocal about his disapproval for the project. He recently posted his response to the casting news on his blog:
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
Somehow, I don’t think that there are going to be very many people who disagree with that statement.
I don’t think that I’ve ever seen a project get quite as much bad heat this early on. When it was announced that Bay’s script would revise the Turtles’ origin to be aliens instead of…you know, actual mutated turtles, the internet practically committed seppuku. This lastest casting of Fox as April O’Neil is just pushing the knife in deeper.
Source: Comic Book Movie