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It was only a few short weeks ago that Blue Mountain State's Alan Ritchson was announced as the first turtle cast in the Michael Bay produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' reboot. But already the brawny actor picked to play Raphael is being forced to fight on set and off. While the action feature is currently in production, Ritchson had the chance to take a night off and attend the MTV Movie Awards, where he defended the TMNT reboot to THR. Amid teasing some of the tech behind the turtles' CGI creation, Ritchson also declares in the video above that everything we think we know is wrong.
Lamenting that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles already has earned notoriety on the web over leaked early drafts of the script, word that the mutants would be aliens, and the casting of Megan Fox presumably as April O'Neil, Ritchson told THR:
"The frustrating thing for me since I've signed on is that you hear that it's already got a reputation, this movie that hasn't come out yet. I think people assume they know what's going to be about, and those people are wrong. Everything you read online is wrong. And it's frustrating because you want to tell everybody how great it is, and you can't really say why, but it is. It's so much better than people think, and I promise that. And it's going to look way better than anybody can imagine."
Ritchson went on to say he believes this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie will "live up to and exceed everybody's boyhood dreams of being a ninja turtle," counting himself among the group that grew up with and loved these kick-butt characters.
His enthusiasm is evident, and heartening. Despite his self-deprecating humor about how un-ninja he is, Ritchson is clearly thrilled for the opportunity to play one of his childhood heroes. However, he doesn't actually speak to any of the rumors flying around about Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles directly, nor does he detail why he thinks this reboot is so stupendous. This is most likely because of intense media preparation, as he alludes to the fact that he is not allowed to discuss details of the movie beyond Fox's involvement and the use of motion-capture suits to create the turtles computer-generated performances.
Ultimately, I'm conflicted on what to make of Ritchson's comments. Having read as much as I have about its reported developments, it's hard to have much faith in this reboot. But while he doesn't address particular fan concerns, his sheer enthusiasm is encouraging. Since this movie is happening whether we like it or not, I want it to be a good one. But is cautious optimism even too much?
Does this alter your expectations about Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?