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Am I the only one that is utterly shocked by the rage-filled gossip and negativity surrounding this film?
Granted, I was one of those kids that grew up watching the original 80s "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" TV show reruns, but I never thought a live action attempt could be met with so much hatred. Maybe it's the fact that the production of this film got off to a bad start.
Let's go back to the beginning of this tale of controversy.
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" aired as a cartoon show in the 80s and revolved around the story of four teenage turtle brothers named Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael. They train to be ninjas under a mutant rat named Splinter to fight the evil Foot Clan led by the maniacal Shredder. This definitely screams "kid's television show".
A few years ago it was announced that Michael Bay was set to produce the newest reboot of the "TMNT" live action film, because apparently TV shows just don't cut it these days. The second that Michael Bay's name was stuck to the production of this film instantly sparked vehement outrages from both movie fans and fans of the original TV show.
(Michael Bay is this small time director who is known for being Hollywood's number one pyrophiliac and has an expensive taste for special effects and talentless screen direction).
Most "TMNT" fans were horrified that this man had any involvement with the production of this film, and this led to vulgar tirades around the web against the production.
Then the popular producer Mr. Bay announced that the script had changed the beloved ninja turtles into ninja aliens, which apparently can pass as being mutant turtles? I'm sure the logic behind Mr. Bay's script decision was: "Mutant turtles? No one will buy that. Let's make them aliens."
Because, you know, it's not like this was ever based on a classic 80s cartoon show.
Then it was announced that the talented and professional (heavy use of sarcasm) Megan Fox would be playing the popular human reporter April O'Neil, which again gained the ire of the show's fans. Fox is known only for her mildly attractive appearance (now that she looks like a plastic Barbie doll) but she's also known for her inability to act realistically. If it's not apparent, the only reason she was cast in the film was to be appealing to the eye.
Within the last few months, footage has been shown of the film which has been slightly reassuring on the characterization of the turtles. I'll admit, it got me a bit excited.
Now, the movie opens in theaters this coming Friday, so the last thing it needs is more bad publicity.
Well, Megan Fox just had to go and open her mouth and say words.
She had a nice message to all of the movie fans that were expressing their doubts about this film:
"Let me tell you something about those people. How much money did "Transformers 4" make? Exactly. Those people can complain – they all go to the theater. They’re gonna love it – and if they don’t love it, they can f*** off, and that’s the end of that."
She has so much to learn about the marketing business.
I wonder how much of this film's popularity just went down the drain after these comments? It's really a shame that this film can't catch a break, but I guess some movies just have to bite the bullet and press on.
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" opens in theaters this Friday and stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Whoopi Goldberg, K. Todd Freeman, Danny Woodburn, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, and Minae Noji.
By: Matthew Romeo
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