Johnny Knoxville Cast as Leonardo - Tony Shalhoub is Splinter | Fanboys Anonymous

Johnny Knoxville Cast as Leonardo - Tony Shalhoub is Splinter

Posted by Anthony Mango Friday, April 4, 2014
Michael Bay's reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise has pulled the old switcharoo with two of its cast members. Pete Ploszek and Seinfeld's Danny Woodburn had provided the motion capture performances for Leonardo and Splinter respectively, but they are not going to be the voices of the characters to go along with those performances.

Instead, Splinter will be voiced by Monk star Tony Shalhoub and Leonardo will be voiced by Bad Grandpa himself, Johnny Knoxville of Jackass fame.

Upon first hearing this, I hadn't noticed that Knoxville had been identified as Leonardo, and my gut reaction was more positive. "He'd make a great Raphael!" I said to myself. Now that I know that isn't the case, I'm a little more hesitant to be positive about this.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Johnny Knoxville Leonardo pics
What a Jackass..

Can he pull it off? Possibly. I'll wait until I see something before I fully judge it. However, I'm more confident in Shalhoub pulling off Splinter than Knoxville making a convincing Leonardo.

Also, what does this mean for the other cast members, like Alan Ritchson (Raphael), Noel Fisher (Michelangelo), and Jeremy Howard (Donatello)? Are we going to find out that they, too, will only end up being the motion capture actors and get replaced with other voice artists?

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be released in theaters August 8, 2014.

Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman.
Written by: Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Evan Dougherty, Peter Laird (characters) and Kevin Eastman (characters).
Starring: Megan Fox (April O'Neil), William Fichtner (Shredder), Will Arnett (Vernon Fenwick), Alan Ritchson (Raphael), Noel Fisher (Michelangelo), Jeremy Howard (Donatello), Danny Woodburn (Splinter), Tony Shalhoub (Splinter - Voice), Pete Ploszek (Leonardo) Johnny Knoxville (Leonardo - Voice), Minae Noji (Karai), Abby Elliott (Irma Langingstein), and Whoopi Goldberg (Bernadette Thompson).
THIS POST WRITTEN BY: ANTHONY MANGO

Tony Mango is the founder, head writer and show host of Fanboys Anonymous as well as all other A Mango Tree branches including Smark Out Moment and more. He is a writer, creative director/consultant, media manager and entertainer. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Extended profile here.

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