Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the upcoming live-action reboot film from director, Jonathan Liebesman and producer, Michael Bay is apparently making an effort to drop nods to elements of the classic cartoon series. It's a fact that is quite apparent upon the reveal (by way of a name tag spotted on set pics) of which character, comedic star, Will Arnett will play: Vernon Fenwick.
The name might raise some question marks to people who are either not too familiar or just have a rusty memory regarding the 1987-1996 animated series which was at one time the center of a worldwide "Turtlemania" phenomena. The character in question, Vernon Fenwick was the egomaniacal colleague of TV reporter and Turtle damsel, April O'Neil, who never wasted an opportunity to steal a big story right from under her tight banana yellow jumpsuit. Of course, what makes the pompous, pretentious prima-donna an integral part of most episodes was his craven cowardice, which even the slightest sticky situation would make surface, resulting in much of the show's comic relief.
Appropriately enough, the former (and soon to be again) star of Arrested Development and Up All Night, has been seen in a great deal of set photos with Megan Fox as April O'Neil (who looks amazing) which contextually seem related to her classic canonical job as a TV reporter. Plus, Fox is sporting a yellow jacket in some of the photos; clearly a nod to April's look in the classic animated show. So, while some of those things may mollify fans still upset over Michael Bay's idea of the Turtles being "aliens," we will have to see how THE key element of the film, the Turtles themselves turn out. They will be played in CGI motion capture by Pete Ploszek (Leonardo), Alan Ritchson (Raphael), Noel Fisher (Michelangelo), and Jeremy Howard (Donatello).
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (as it is once again called) gets ready to prove that the 5 second rule does indeed apply to sewer pizza when it hits theaters on June 6, 2014. In the meantime, check out a quick video which might jog your memory on Arnett's classic character, plus a set photo of Megan Fox's April and Will Arnett's Vernon...all below!