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During a recent interview, the actor revealed that he didn't read any of the original comic books to prepare for the role, and how he connected with the character.
"I actually didn't read any of the comic books- and I really hope I don't offend anyone saying that- but for me, I think we all know who Raphael is. He's known as the angry hothead of the group. He is quick tempered and is quick to act. He is less thoughtful of people's feelings and emotions and consequences. That's something I can relate to as a person. I am very quick to act, like, 'Okay, decision's made, let's go for it.'
So I can relate to him in that sense, »
Following the release of Sex, Lies, and Videotape in 1989, Steven Soderbergh was poised for stardom as the darling of the indie scene. He sat at the head table in a push to change the face of cinema. Unlike contemporaries like Tarantino, his predicted rise didn’t happen right away. He followed the popular debut with Kafka and King of the Hill, and neither came close to earning a significant return. The talent was there, but Soderbergh needed more than critical praise to keep his career intact. His next step was 1995’s The Underneath, a low-key noir film that didn’t change his perception as a director with limited appeal. Despite a convincing lead performance from Peter Gallagher, it earned just over $500,000 on a more than $6 million budget. Was Soderbergh doomed to slip completely off the map? Despite the lack of financial rewards, this movie contains the elements that served him well several years later. »
- Dan Heaton
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 21 Nov 2013 - 05:51
The underappreciated films of 1999 are the focus in our last list of 90s overlooked greats...
The year 1999 was a significant year for film in many ways. Apart from being the year that George Lucas began his Star Wars prequels with The Phantom Menace, it also saw the release of The Blair Witch Project, a horror film which became one of the first to use the internet as a marketing tool, resulting in a massive hit. The Matrix ushered in a new age of special effects filmmaking, arguably paving the way for the superhero blockbusters crowding into multiplexes today.
Mainly, though, 1999 was simply a brilliant year for film. Justly lauded movies like Fight Club, The Green Mile and Eyes Wide Shut aside, there were a huge number of films that didn't get the critical or financial success they deserved - so many, »
Platinum Dunes’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie reboot has come a ways, since the early script draft – featuring such dubious elements as a re-imagined Shredder (now, Colonel Schrader) and the infamous alien origin story for the Turtles – leaked online and caused the people behind the project to spend the subsequent months back-peddling like mad, lest they sink deeper into the quagmire of a discontented fanbase.
Since then, everyone from producer Michael Bay (currently directing Transformers: Age of Extinction) to cast members Alan Ritchson (Raphael) and William Fichtner (Eric Sachs, a.k.a. the new Shredder) have offered assurances to fans that the old script has been tossed; and, more importantly, that the ...
- Sandy Schaefer
Ever since that godawful script leaked onto the internet the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot has had to do a lot to get back into our good graces. We've received assurance from both Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird (the creators of our favorite heroes in a half shell) that the previous script was thrown out and that they are indeed mutants and not aliens. But things get worse before they get better because the saddening news broke that Megan Fox was cast as April O'Neil. I was still holding out hope, though. After all, William Fichtner was cast as Shredder and even though he isn't of Japanese descent, I think he'll be great at playing this sinister role.
A couple of weeks ago I had a conversation with a source very close to the production, and I asked the one question that had been on my mind since the reboot was announced, »
- Lucas Lowman
Hollywood is positioning 2015 to be the single biggest year for movies in the history of the medium, with The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars: Episode VII, Batman Vs. Superman, Mission: Impossible 5 and Bond 24 all arriving within months of each other. But standing in the way are the twelve months of 2014. While the New Year doesn't quite pack the heated punch of 2015, it does bring some highly anticipated fare that we simply can't wait to see. From plenty of superheroes, to evolved apes, to giant robots, to teenage vampires, and even the return of Dominic Toretto, here are the 14 movies guaranteed to get us standing in front of that box office window buying a ticket before 2015 does its ultimate damage on our savings account.
Earlier this week we at Thn were lucky enough to spend time with a true screen legend in the form of William Fichtner. If you don’t recognise the name you will definitely know the face as he’s been all over the world of film and television for years. His CV includes films such as Black Hawk Down, Go, Armageddon and more recently Drive Angry. Within the world of television he had a recurring role in Entourage as well as a long-standing stint as FBI agent Alexander Mahone in Prison Break. This week sees Fichtner embark on a new platform as his new show Crossing Lines airs exclusively through Amazon on Lovefilm. Airing from Friday subscribers will be able to access the full season which is great news for those out there that like to binge on their television.
Fichtner plays Carl Hickman on the European police drama; Hickman »
- Kat Smith
Crossing Lines is a new show thats hitting the UK today. Don’t bother looking through your television listings though as you won’t find it there, instead once you’ve read this article head on over to the LoveFilm website. This is where you will find the show in its entirety. Ahead of the launch we caught up with two of the cast, William Fitchner and Tom Wlaschiha.
The show follows a law enforcement group called the International Criminal Court (Icc), a sort of global FBI, as they work together to solve crimes that span multiple countries. The team is made up of specialists from all over Europe and America. One such specialist is tech whiz Sebastian Berger played by Tom Wlaschiha who has a long standing career in his native country of Germany but is most known on our shores for his fantastic role of Jaqer H’ghar in Game Of Thrones. »
- Kat Smith
Alright Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle purists, get ready to curse Jonathan Liebesman’s name once again. Remember the Shredder character you’ve come to love? The Japanese ninjutsu master named Oroku Saki? Well, you should have already known some creative liberties would be taken considering American actor William Fichtner was cast as “The Shredder” in Liebesman’s reboot, but those liberties may be larger than expected as Shredder will apparently be presented in a completely fresh manner.
Fichtner recently sat down with Flicks And The City, and during his interview, he had this to say about the iconic, armor-wearing turtle hater:
Well I play a guy named Eric Sachs and we find out that Eric Sachs is somebody else too. I can’t give away too much in the story but I can tell you that who Shredder is in the telling of this Turtles is unlike any telling of the story before. »
- Matt Donato
It’s been clear ever since William Fichtner was cast as Shredder that Jonathan Liebesman‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot would take some liberties with the character’s history. For one thing, Shredder has been portrayed as Japanese in the past, but Fichtner’s take obviously won’t be. And that’s not the only thing that’s changed. “I can […] »
- Angie Han
We teased you with a few snippets of our interview with William Fichtner a couple of days ago (read that here), but now we’ve got some more to share with the talented actor who can be seen in Amazon’s exclusive TV show Crossing Lines this weekend (more on that here on Thn soon).
In the video interview below, conducted by Thn’s very own Kat Smith, Fichtner talks up the tone of the film, and what we can expect from his character and the CGI turtles themselves. Jonathan Liebesman is directing the 2014 version with Michael Bay producing and Megan Fox starring as April O’Neill. Whoopi Goldberg, Will Arnett and Danny Woodburn also star.
The film is scheduled for release on the 16th May, 2014 in the UK, and Three months later in the Us on the 8th August.
- Paul Heath
William Fichtner is playing Shredder in the upcoming big screen adaptation of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I have no doubt that he's going to be great as the villain. He's been talking about the film and the character he plays in interviews, saying,
"Well I play a guy named Eric Sachs and we find out that Eric Sachs is somebody else too. I can't give away too much in the story but I can tell you that who Shredder is in the telling of this Turtles is unlike any telling of the story before. His connection and relationship to the turtles is a bit surprising and for an actor playing it, the backstory, which comes out in this film, is really intriguing...We made some changes while filming that I thought are just awesome.
"What I read about Eric Sachs in the script was great, and then how the »
- Joey Paur
Fichtner plays the villain Shredder in the film and confirms that not only will he be donning the armor, but he signed a three picture deal to play the character so he'll be playing the role for some time to come should the first prove successful.
Asked about the film's tone, he tells Flicks and the City:
"It always had sort of a bouncy cartoon feel to me, which is great, that's why it was appealing. That's not this movie...It's not like any Mutant Ninja Turtles thing you've ever seen before. It's freaky, they're cool, and they're mutants and they look awesome. It's tough.
He goes on to comment a bit about his character:
"Well I play a guy named Eric Sachs and »
- Garth Franklin
Actor William Fichtner has been out making the rounds promoting his new film, “Crossing Lines.” Along the way he has, of course, been asked about his work in the next “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” film. In interviews with Hollywood News and Flicks And The City, he’s dropped a few tidbits on the upcoming reboot directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of The Titans).
On Eric Sachs, aka “The Shredder,” and how the character actually seemed to evolve during the shoot, Fichtner says,
“What I read about Eric Sachs in the script was great, and then how the character has been moulded and changed when we started filming has become something really quite remarkable in terms of what we’ve seen before of the character. “I can’t give away too much in the story, but I can tell you that who Shredder is in the telling of this ‘Turtles’ is »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
The Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot may not be arriving in theaters until next August, but that hasn't stopped fans from pouring over details whenever they've had the chance. Of course, we've heard the earlier reports of the origin story of the Turtles being changed for this movie, though Bay told fans to "chill out." This past summer, we also caught glimpses of Megan Fox as April O'Neil. In an interview with Flicks and The City to promote his television series Crossing Lines, actor William Fichtner (he plays Shredder in the film) talked extensively about what fans can expect from the remake in terms of tone, Shredder's origin and if we'll be seeing more Turtles movies. In terms of tone, Fichtner says the film will...
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The new, live-action / CG take on Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has faced a few obstacles on its journey to the screen, not the least of which was the whole origin controversy, which saw producer Michael Bay wading into a fight with fans, and delays while the script was polished. With the film now in the editing room, actor William Fichtner, long known to be playing the villainous Shredder, has said he believes we could be in for something fun – and different.Out doing the press rounds for his new TV show Crossing Lines, he talked to Flicks And The City about the film and his character. "It always had sort of a bouncy cartoon feel to me, which is great, that’s why it was appealing,” he says of past Turtles incarnations. "That’s not this movie… It’s not like any Mutant Ninja Turtles »
William Fichtner, who is playing Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, is currently on the press circuit, and he's not shy about discussing his character in this upcoming Michael Bay produced adaptation of the hugely popular comic book and animated TV series.
Yesterday, the actor dropped a couple of hints about his character while confirming that BeBop and Rocksteady will not be featured in this first installment. He has now gone on in some detail, describing a bit of his villain's backstory, and revealing that his Shredder will wear the iconic purple and silver Shred-laced outfit we've come to know and expect (and before you get too obsessive, remember that the look is based on a cheese grater).
"Shredder dons himself with armor, and that's who he is and that happens in this story. It's the backstory on how it all began with the turtles, that the character of Eric Sachs. »
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans should probably start preparing for the upcoming live-action movie to be radically different from the property they know and love. That doesn’t mean the movie will be bad, but it will likely be controversial among fans. In a recent interview with the great William Fichtner, who will play the Turtles’ arch-nemesis Shredder, he says “It's not like any Mutant Ninja Turtles thing you've ever seen before,” and that’s just the tip of the iceberg of what to expect when the film comes out next year. Hit the jump for more about what Fichtner had to say, but be warned that some of his comments could be considered spoilers. The film also stars Megan Fox, Danny Woodburn, Alan Ritchson, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, Noel Fisher, and Will Arnett. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens August 8, 2014. Speaking to Flicks and the City [via Cs], Fichtner elaborated on what »
- Matt Goldberg
News Glen Chapman 24 Oct 2013 - 06:44
He's been chatting about the film recently to the excellent Flicks And The City, and started off by discussing what attracted him to the role. "It always had sort of a bouncy cartoon feel to me, which is great, that's why it was appealing", he said. "It's not like any Mutant Ninja Turtles thing you’ve ever seen before. It's freaky, they're cool, and they're mutants and they look awesome. It's tough and it's going to be really, really great".
It broke some time ago that Fichtner's Shredder wouldn't be Oroku Saki but a new character named Eric Sachs. »
"This is not the Turtles you've seen before," he said, adding: "I play a guy named Eric Sachs, and you find out who Eric Sachs really is.
"There's some big surprises about who he is and his relationship with the Turtles."
Fichtner also discussed his family's fondness for the series, and revealed that he is signed up for three Turtles films.
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