We recently found out that Transformers star Megan Fox was cast as April O'Neil in the Michael Bay-produced Jonathan Liebesman-directed reboot of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Co-creator of TMNT, Peter Laird, seems to have never been happy with what is going on with this film project, and he's revealed on his blog that he's not really happy with Fox's casting,
My only exposure to Megan Fox as an actress is through her role in two “Transformers” movies and the wretched (but happily forgettable) “Jennifer’s Body”. It may not be fair to judge her range of acting skills just from those three movies, but I think it is safe to say that there are probably hundreds of better choices for the role of April O’Neil. Of course, her name has promotional value, and maybe that’s what they want. Who knows? I can’t get myself too worked up about it.
I'm not really a big fan of Fox in the first place, and Laird is right... there's hundreds of better choices that could have taken on the role. But like he said, her name has promotional value. The thing is... I'm not interested in seeing the movie for Fox, I'm interested in seeing some Ninja Turtles kicking ass! In the end they could have cast anyone as O'Neil, and it wouldn't have affected what I think about the movie.
I kind of feel sorry for the generation of kids that have to grow up with all this new Ninja Turtles stuff. It just isn't as cool or awesome as it used to be.