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Interview With Actor Tohoru Masamune Who Plays Shredder In The New TMNT Film


SPOILER ALERT: If you have not seen this film this article contains potential spoilers and key pieces of information.

We got chance to speak with Tohoru Masamune, about his performance in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Check out what he has to say right here!

Q: How did this project come up?
A; “ I received a phone call saying we would like to offer you a part in the new ninja turtles movie. Your character has a name, but we can’t tell what it is. They really wouldn’t tell me anything apart the role, but i was so excited I probably still would done it even if it was an offer for foot pan #3. The studio kept it a secret all the way up to the day we were shooting. I’m sitting in make-up and still didn’t know anything about my character or who I was portraying. Once the began to apply make-up and scarring, I quickly realized I was at least playing a villain. Still they never made the full eveal until we actually began shooting.

Q: How long did was the make-up process take?
A: “It would take about 3 hours working with the same make-up artists from the Walking Dead. It was an awesome experience watching them turn me into this sinister looking character.

Q; How much of the suit was actually CGI?
A: Except for the prop suit you first see, the entire armored suit was CGI created in post production. Once the suit goes on, I’m pretty much out of the picture. There was no green or anything like that. For me it was just all smoke and mirror camera tricks. I voiced everything once I’m in the suit, but the stunt guys and post procession team are responsible for everything in the suit. But i wish i could fight like that.

Tohoru-MasamuneQ; A lot of fans believe Eric Sachs is actually Shredder. Have you been getting a lot of questions about the confusion and do you ever feel like just yelling out “I AM SHREDDER!”?
A: It’s a funny problem to have. I play Shredder, but I really couldn’t tell anyone. It’s not a problem I am used to having.
Once the story that William Fichtner would be playing Shredder was out there Paramount wanted to play into that hype, so they asked me to please keep quite about the whole thing.
But no I never found it frustrating or aggravating. It was a little weird not being to tell my friends, mainly because you go to work for months and can’t talk to anyone about what you working on. Thats sort of strange. But It’s all part of the game and it was fun. I just loved shooting the film and being part of the team bringing Shredder to life.

Q: At the end of the film we see Shredder clench his fist, implying there’s still some life in him. Does that mean we can expect to see Shredder return? Maybe Super Shredder?
A: Masamune laughs and states: I’m the wrong person to ask about that. Maybe if I ever become a big movie star they will let me in on this kind of stuff, but for now nobody knows. I actually hadn’t viewed that scene until the screening of the final cut of the film, and had the same wishful thoughts. As for now I am just taking it on project by project. But when it comes to the character, Shredder is pretty much immortal, and there is always potential for the character to return.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Film Review

TMNT3(PCM) This movie is without a doubt facing an up-hill battle. Since production on ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has begun the film has been the center of criticism and speculation. Some people hear Michael Bay’s name attached, even as a producer and immediately discredit the film. These criticisms have without a doubt been preemptive, but are they unjust? Does this new age era of turtles give over-enthusiastic fanboys a film they can enjoy while providing an movie aimed at children that is possibly fun for the whole family? The short answer: sort of?

Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O’Neil and her cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.

The movie opens with an awesome animated sequence that was really impressive in 3d. It was very similar to the animated sequence in ‘Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows pt:1′. Sadly that was probably the best visual sequence in the entire film. The movie has a it’s moments but for the most part the visuals look budgeted. The fight scenes are pretty much CGI characters jumping and flipping around, with lots of cut aways. Theres really nothing unique or special about the fight scenes or the overall visuals of the film. Director Jonathan Liebesman was brought in to provide a Michael Bay imitation, and thats exactly what we get. There are a few over the top action scenes that are fun and enjoyable but at the end of the day it honestly looks like they were just aiming for “good enough”.

The turtles are goofy, splinter is super goofy and Shredder is pretty much a Transformer. His entire outfit is CGI. All in all, it’s pretty easy to pick this movie apart. There’s actually a scene where it’s pouring down rain, very layered in 3D yet Megan Fox and the rest of the cast are completely dry. They’re not even acknowledging the fact that it’s supposed to be raining. That’s just lazy. But this is in no way Megan Fox’s fault. Actually to Fox’s credit, she gives a believable (as possible) performance as our main human protagonist, April O’Neil. She clearly still remembers her experience from Transformers and does a pretty good job interacting with the CGI characters. Fox also does a good job delivering some of the more comedic moments in the film. Fans shouldn’t really have to much to complain about when it comes to Fox’s performance, but as for story, this film adds ridiculous and unnecessary back story to the April O’Neil character.

This movie is all sorts of silly and gives critics plenty of ammo to tear this movie apart. I would have a hard time recommending anyone go spend money to see this in theaters when there are plenty of better options (mainly ‘Guardians’.. It’s the middle of august, there’s not a lot happening). But if you responsible for young ones that are currently obsessing over TMNT the way we did when we were children, I say go for it. The movie has a runtime of a 100 minutes. Even if you can’t stand the film, im sure kids will get 100 minutes of jaw dropping enjoyment out of it and it’s small chunk out of your day. If you are an adult fanboy of the the Ninja Turtles, it’s safe to say this will be let down. The good news is now that we’ve significantly lowered your expectations, you may have a chance to enjoy this film and franchise for what it is and what its always been. A ridiculous story about four teenage turtles who learn karate and love pizza.

Stay tuned for our exclusive interview with Tohoru Masamune who play’s Shredder in the film!

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