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‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” April O’Neil is “More Representative of a Modern Woman”

Although the first trailer for the Michael Bay-produced, Jonathan Liebesman-directed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles gave a brief glimpse of Megan Fox’s take on April O’Neil, there are still plenty of unknown factors about the film’s version of the Turtles’ connection to the surface world. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Fox discussed how April O’Neil got a contemporary re-imagining to make her “more representative of a modern woman.”

“She’s more of a leader when she explores her relationship with the turtles instead of just the human companion that gets dragged along on the adventure,” Fox told EW of the character, going on to note that she’s “completely clothed for the entire movie.”

“There’s no gratuitous skin or sexual anything,” Fox said. “Jonathan was really insistent on not wanting her to be sexualized or to take that sort of typical role we’ve seen women take in movies thus far, and that I’ve taken in particular.”

Among other topics discussed was her love of the Heroes and a Half Shell from a young age as well as her public feud with Transformers director Michael Bay, though the two have since buried the hatchet.

“He was one of the most lovely people that I dealt with in making this movie,” Fox said. “I’ve always loved Michael. We’ve had our battles in the past but even when I’ve been really outspoken about difficulties we’ve had, I’ve always followed up by saying that I have a particular affinity to him. He can be very vulnerable, and he’s very likeable and loveable. I’ve always been very vocal about that as well. But, sometimes we clash because we both have very willful, powerful personalities.”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens August 8.


  • Banon

    Someone please stop this movie from being released!

  • Kaine Morrison

    So, are they making April a FemmeNazi?

  • David Fullam

    “Jonathan was really insistent on not wanting her to be sexualized or to
    take that sort of typical role we’ve seen women take in movies thus

    Oh, I see, every film ever made, until this one features stereotypical women or sexualized ones. She sure is going to be breaking some ground here!

  • Britt

    … April always had a relationship with the Turtles…

  • Guest

    Of course she loves Bay. Bay’s practically the only person in Hollywood who’s dumb enough to hire her.

  • Vizator

    Ugh, there is no question she’s the worst actress in terms of undeserved popularity to come along since Marilyn Monroe. And will this movie be a quip-fest the way the first 3 Transformer movies were? At least when the parents were involved.

  • Tommy Rankin

    Megan Fox in a female role that is not over sexualized?! Impossible!
    I’m not sure if this is a good or a bad thing. It’s good if she isn’t just eyecandy and actually does something but only thing Megan Fox is ever good for is eyecandy, since she can’t act for shit. So torn on this.

  • Tommy Rankin

    Well at least Marilyn was beautiful. Megan Fox isn’t even that beautiful so even her physical appearance is greatly overrated

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