Shredder Gets a New Identity in ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’

William Fichtner reveals the name of his villain, and its not the Oroku Saki we know from the comic book and cartoon series.
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Shredder Gets a New Identity in ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’

William Fitchner confirms Shredder is not Oroku Saki in Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesLast month, William Fichtner confirmed that he is playing the villain Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. When speaking to the press about his role in The Lone Ranger, in theaters July 3, the actor revealed that his character's given name is not what you may expect.

"I actually play a guy named Eric Sachs [Sounds like Sachs? Hard to understand] in the movie. And then he goes through a few stages in his existence. But Turtles is coming together very, very cool. There is a whole interesting dynamic that happens in the world of Turtles and all I can really say about it at this point while working on it is that the Turtle film, it's not like anything that I remember about the Turtles before. I feel like this Michael Bay-produced movie is just gonna really be something else. I'm pretty excited."

In the original comic books and animated series, Shredder's real name is Oroku Saki, and he is of Japanese descent. There were rumors that casting a Japanese actor for Shredder may have hurt the project's box office prospects in the all-important and rapidly-growing Chinese market. You need only look at how closely Michael Bay is working with China on Transformers 4 to know that this is 'based' in fact. It doesn't mean Japanese actors are no longer welcome in Hollywood. The Wolverine has a mostly Japanese cast. It's solely on projects like Transformers 4 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, where China is a co-producer or financier. We saw this with Iron Man 3 earlier in the summer, which had scenes shot specifically for the Chinese audience that weren't seen anywhere else.

When asked if Eric Sachs is actually Japanese, William Fichtner would not reveal any specifics.

"You know, uh, you know I think it would be much more exciting to find out these things as it unfolds."

An early, leaked draft of the screenplay last year revealed that this version of Shredder was a former military officer named Colonel Schrader, but that could have very easily been changed since then. Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles, Wrath of the Titans) is directing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which is currently in production.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was released August 8th, 2014.

Sources:Screen Rant

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  • weird that most of the comments complain that their "childhood" was ruined and comparing this to the animated series.. WHICH in fact isn't even the original..

    the ORIGINAL doesn't have colorful turtle eye covers.. they all wear the same black covers Oh and they KILL their enemies.. yes, they kill them.. that is the original turtles..

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    • Ryan-Crowe • 2 years ago

      Call this a rant if you want but I think that any writer, producer or director that makes a movie based on characters that someone else created whether it's Michael Bay doing the Transformers movies or the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie or some other director doing a movie based on a Marvel or DC character, they should have to sign a contract with the creators agreeing not to change their "intellectual properties"(characters) names or origins in any way. And I'm sure I'm not the only one that thinks that's a good idea, and while we're at it before you make the movie try researching the project instead of making terrible casting decisions and botching storylines. Call it what you want but I for one am sick of Hollywood f*cking with my childhood.

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      • Chris-Lemieux • 2 years ago

        I just wan to say..thank you for taking something I loved and brought me soooooooo much joy as a child..and Raping it, burning it and making it now something that in a year from now I will Loathe. I want to know that I personally would punch each and every single person who is on this movie in the face multiple times, rather then watch and promote something so horrid!!!! You f*cked with Shredder, and mangled to all hell April....Whats next, Splinter is a bunny and Yosaki Yojimbo is a Dolphin. Might as well have Leo as Red, Donny as blue..and leave the other 2 turtles out of the script all together. DUMBASSES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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        • Ian-Whitzy • 2 years ago

          I am getting tired of these movie studios ruining good movies because they want to Kiss China's ass!!!! Since when do we kiss other countries asses in order to sell movies?

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          • h-ryuga • 2 years ago

            @gandoff

            I don't hate her, just felt easy for me to feel on MB's shoes.

            @rabbit66 I quite enjoy what most people hate on MB movies, the explosions, slow motions, zoom in and out I think he does it quite well. People are different and it's normal to happen not all like the same things you do.

            Zack Snyder kinda do the same, works with colors tones and everything but until now the only thing I enjoyed from hon was 300

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            • rabbit66 • 2 years ago

              you guys all b**ch "Michael bay ruined my childhood, megan fox sucks..." truth is, you will all be standing in line, waiting to give Bay your money so he can do it again.

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              • gandoff • 2 years ago

                @h-ryuga I understand that. Don't think she is a bad person, just not very smart in her attempt of trying to compare him to those people.

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                • h-ryuga • 2 years ago

                  @gandoff

                  well she is hot but am still digesting the info you gave and right now am not thinking of her as a hot girl

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                  • mieko-siede • 2 years ago

                    This is almost like a punch to the gut. It isn't as though we own the property or have a say in the changes that are made for whatever reasons. But wow, at least honor the elements that a majority of audience members are familiar with. This is shaping up like something of a failed experiment that leaked into the streets of New York and a militia group is searching them out to either understand or destroy before it causes an epidemic. The only thing at this point familiar with this story is the fact that we have four turtles and a rat that each don the same names of renaissance. I really don't know at this point what to think. Earlier I was a bit hyped for this movie and had a lot of confidence in the final product. Now, it doesn't seem to be holding my confidence. I'm content with the idea of just waiting to see how this unfolds later. It could be a fresh start for a new generation further removed from the original source material and the recent relaunch of the comics and animated series.

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                    • gandoff • 2 years ago

                      @h-ryuga She is hot, and does good acting work for the roles she gets. But I don't think myself she is that smart. She in my opinion from interviews she has given, is the type of person who wants to look smart with out the work of actually being so. And her remarks was more trying to describe how tough the work was. Trying to talk smart and not realizing what she was saying. Bay knows where she is good looking, she can bring in guys to watch the movies. But I do not know how others all feel, but also think he knew dropping her for T3 hurt some major story line plots because of the "connection" their characters had from the first 2 films. Just my thoughts on a second shot and all.

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                      • superman81 • 2 years ago

                        They cast a white actor and people expected him to look and act Japanese? I know its not the same as everyone wanted but he is a good actor and we should just see how it plays out

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                        • renodc • 2 years ago

                          @skywise You're very right. The best example of this is Iron Man 3. Most people's dislike of IM3 is the changes made to the Mandarin and if you read any of Shane Black's reasoning it centralizes around the comic book version of the Mandarin being a "racial stereotype" which translated from Liberal Hollywood means we didn't want to pi$$ off the Chinese who we are going to sell the cr@p out of this too, and pat ourselves on the back for being so socially conscious that we want traditional middle eastern terrorists to feel the love as well so we are just going to beat the "Evil Caucasian-American Military Industrialist angle" to death.

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                          • girishman • 2 years ago

                            I'm trying to remain open minded about the entire film but this is really sounding like one big farce. It's a complete disrespect to all the fans and staff who worked on the past cartoons and story itself. If Michael Bay wants to mess it up, why not just leave this alone and rename the whole script have it about alien dogs or robots and work on blowing things up.

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                            • h-ryuga • 2 years ago

                              And he called her in to work with for this movie

                              Respect to Michael Bay

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                              • h-ryuga • 2 years ago

                                @gandoff

                                damn, I did not know he was Jewish and am starting to think either she didn't know that before or she missed some very important history classes.

                                how cruel, I used to like her and thought that that subject was taken far too serious but with this facts the game changes.

                                to think how many...DAMN!

                                I read Exodus and I think anyone who read that book knows how really the Jewish people suffered in Hitler's hands

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                                • gandoff • 2 years ago

                                  @h-ryuga Like @WhiskeyDeltaEcho said, she gave a interview calling him Hitler also in a panel discussion with the press. Bay is Jewish, and took it such a offense he wrote her out of T3. She was using the reference to Hitler and Napoleon to say how he was strict, organized, and planned out in detail. But as we all know those references would make many people mad, specifically in Hollywood.

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                                  • instead8909 • 2 years ago

                                    I'll watch it, I just hope it's good.

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                                    • WhiskeyDeltaEcho • 2 years ago

                                      @h-ryuga She was not brought on T3 because of an interview she gave for Wonderland Magazine. This is the excerpt from that interview that got her canned

                                      "God, I really wish I could go loose on this one. He's like Napoleon and he wants to create this insane, infamous mad-man reputation. He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he's a nightmare to work for but when you get him away from set, and he's not in director mode, I kind of really enjoy his personality because he's so awkward, so hopelessly awkward. He has no social skills at all. And it's endearing to watch him."

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                                      • SoksoV • 2 years ago

                                        And this is probably the first time I hear so much about the producer more than the director just because it's Michael Bay... Never heard someone talking about Emma Thomas or Avi Arad lol.

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                                        • SoksoV • 2 years ago

                                          Am I the only one who smells false marketing just to fool us?

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