Professional TV and movie bad guy William Fichtner has confirmed to media outlets that he is, indeed, playing longtime Turtle nemesis Shredder in the upcoming Michael Bay-produced “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie.
While out doing press rounds for his new cop TV series “Crossing Lines”, Fichtner, who has played bad guys on both TV and movies and everywhere in-between, confirmed to Huffpo that he is, indeed, playing chief villain Shredder, leader of the nefarious Foot Clan, in the live-action “Ninja Turtles” reboot.
When posed the question, Fichtner didn’t bother to hee and haw about his role, which I find kind of refreshing (but then again, he probably figures everyone knows he’s playing a bad guy):
I play Shredder. It is cool. It’s one of those things that came along where I thought, “Really? Let me think about this for a minute.” [Laughs] Then I was like, “Yeah, OK, this sounds like a journey.” I’m very glad that it worked out, I’m really glad that I’m doing it.
For those of you who don’t know who this Shredder fella is, this is him on the cover of a “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” comic book:
Shredder is to the Turtles what Joker is to Batman, Lex Luthor is to Superman, etc. You just kind expect him to pop up sooner or later, so it’s really no surprise they would cast a great actor like Fichtner to play the main bad guy.
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” is being directed by “Battle: Los Angeles'” Jonathan Liebesman, and is due out next year, June 6, 2014. The movie will co-star Megan Fox, Will Arnett, and four actors wearing mo-cap suits as the turtles.
Here’s a look at Fichtner’s “Crossing Lines”, where he plays — gasp! — a good guy. The show premieres on NBC this Sunday.