Though it’s original announcement was met with some hostility the new TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES film has started to garner more interest and respect in recent months. Arguable one the main reasons for this was the casting of the ultimate ‘that guy’ William Fitchner as The Shredder.

Fans of the original cartoon series, which turns thirty next year, will remember The Shredder as the quartets most notorious villain. We at THN were lucky enough to speak to star William Fitchner as he promoted new online television series Crossing Lines. Whilst we had his undivided attention we took the opportunity to quiz him about the Michael Bay produced movie and he was very excited to share his experience.

Firstly the turtles are going to be live action a la THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY’s Rocket Raccoon and Fitchner believes that we are going to be blown away with how they look: “They are some messed up mutant turtles!”

He also divulged that his version of Eric Sachs a.k.a The Shredder is a departure from what we’ve seen before with his portrayal being the darkest version of the character:

“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.”

He also confirmed that The Shredder’s bumbling mutant henchmen B-Bop and Rocksteady are not in the movie.

Fitchner was overflowing with enthusiasm about the project and he has a knack for picking out good projects so things definitely appear to be looking up for everyones favourite eighties heroes in a half shell.

The film is set for release 8th August 2014.

Source: THN