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Ex-Ninja Turtles Actor

Michael Bay is 'Sodomizing'

the TMNT Legacy

3/20/2012 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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The guy who voiced Michaelangelo in the original "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movies is FURIOUS with Michael Bay ... claiming the director is "sodomizing" the franchise by changing "turtle" history in an upcoming flick.

The outrage stems from a comment Bay made about his upcoming live-action flick at a recent media event ... in which he said, "These turtles are from an alien race, and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely loveable.”

Of course, TMNT fans are FLIPPING OUT ... since everyone knows the turtles mutated during a brush with radioactive ooze after falling through a sewer ... duh.

One of those pissed off fans is voice-actor Robbie Rist ... who recently posted a letter to Bay stating, "You probably don't know me but I did some voice work on the first set of movies that you are starting to talk about sodomizing."

Rist added, "I know believing in mutated talking turtles is kinda silly to begin with but am I supposed to be led to believe there are ninjas from another planet? The rape of our childhood memories continues ... "

Still, Rist tells TMZ ... "Everything I have said here could be off base and wrong ... He has made WAY more money at this than I have."

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8:45 AM PT: Michael Bay has a few words for worried fans -- releasing a statement moments ago in response to the outrage ... urging them to chill the hell out.

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the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Am I supposed to believe that an alien race of robots can contort themselves into cars and come to save our planet and that Megan Fox and blonde Megan Fox would ever give Sam Witwicky the time of day in a million years?

Was this Rist guy being sarcastic or what?

863 days ago
17.

Keyser Söze    

You know who I blame here? Not Bay - the man has a special talent when it comes to turn awesome things into turds, but, seriously, we should have known this since "Pearl Harbor".
No, the real culprits, the real a-holes responsible for this is the untold millions of idiots who continuously paid to see the sub-products Bay called his film projects in theaters.
Yeah, the "Transformers" franchise is a disaster (and will continue to be, since Bay is going nowhere), but let's forget about the remake of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and its even more sh*tty-ass sequel... or the one for "The Amityville Horror"... "Friday the 13th"... "A Nightmare on Elm Street"... Guess who's the producer behind all of those messes?
So, yeah, you keep giving your cash to such a hack, and he will still believe that the movies he is making are exactly what you're all looking. And he will keep on pilfering and 'BAY-tefying' pretty much any significant sci-fi/cult favorites that he can get the rights of. Ready for a remake of "The Warriors"? Didn't you know how hard he tried to get this one? How about "The Birds"? Oh yes, that one gonna get that Bay touch Hitchcôck obviously didn't have (you know, that unbelievable lack of talent.) And my personal favorite: "The Monster Squad". Muthaf*cking "Monster Squad", people. Done by Bay. F*ck that.
So, yes, all you people you paid to see/rent/own any of the man who should righteously be called 'the successful half of Uwe Boll'... all you guys suck and are directly responsible for all this. It is what it is.

863 days ago
18.

Superman    

What is with this guy in crappy remakes? He must hate Gen-X and Gen-Y people.

863 days ago
19.

vixis    

"Rist added, "I know believing in mutated talking turtles is kinda silly to begin with but am I supposed to be led to believe there are ninjas from another planet? The rape of our childhood memories continues ... ""

That's all Hollywood does, what is it with these studios doing remakes? Does anyone have any kind of originality in their brain to come up with something on their own without have to do a remake, it shows how desperate Hollywood is.

863 days ago
20.

cheri     

i remember when april o'neal came to my school because her uncle was our teacher. she refused to answer questions for us. we were 8 years old. she was a bitch

863 days ago
21.

cheri     

it should be outlawed that he can just change things just because he wants too. he is really stupid for that. its bad enough he is remaking it. its just terrible

863 days ago
22.

cari    

Listen...we all know anything Michael Bay does is crap. He is basically an egotistical idiot with zero talent. He caters to an (unfortunately large) immature audience with lowered expectations and quality threshold. His movie will be ignored by the real fans and viewed by the popcorn tots. Someone else will come along to make everyone forget his craptastic version. Kind of like when The Nolan rekindled our love of everything Batman after Schumacher made us feel hungover from that ectasy rave he directed. SO yeah...Bay's ideas stem from the fact he flew in on his own spaceship once upon a time ago. If only he would fix that damn thing and fly back to Planet BiPolaris.

863 days ago
23.

Dave    

For this kick in the balls to an entire generation of loyal fans of this franchise, not to mention Kevin Eastman and Peter Lairds vision which is being raped in the face, Michael Bay must be forced to not go ahead on this by sheer demand of the public.

863 days ago
24.

SpiderMew    

NOOOO! The TMNT cannot be rehashed into aliens. THATS STUPID! Is he going to drop the Teenage Mutant part of the name off? I say lets boycot this movie now!

863 days ago
25.

Sassy    

How the ninja turtles are "formed" won't matter in the end. How good the rest of the plot and film is will.

863 days ago
26.

Superman    

I call this irony! Apparently, yesterday some idiots were singing the praises of Tom Cruise's action movies, more specifically the 4 Mission Impossible movies, just because they have a combined gross of $2 billion. And today, we have a story about another sh*tty Michael Bay remake movie. Yes, the same Michael Bay with his 3 sh*tty Transformer movies that have grossed more domestically and worldwide than the 4 Mission Impossible movies. Yeah, just because too many idiots pay to see their sh*t doesn't mean I want to see it nor does it mean that the movies are any good.

863 days ago
27.

Brandon    

Help us keep the Turtles terrestrial! Sign our petition to Michael Bay here: http://tinyurl.com/76kqzar

Thanks for the support! Spread the word!

863 days ago
28.

Brandon    

Help us keep the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles terrestrial. If you don't like what Michael Bay is doing with our green foursome, sign the petition. http://tinyurl.com/76kqzar

Thanks for the support. Spread the word!

863 days ago
29.

melissa    

michael bay might be some great director but if he strays from the original tmnt its not going to be a good movie. it never works for any director when they stray from what made a series/tv show/cartoon good. and sorry i don't think he knows what he is doing. i think he is going with the bigger is better theory and that isn't always true.

863 days ago
30.

Charles    

I agree 100% with this guy. Michael Bay is known for ****ing up original story lines and characters. I mean, look what he did to Transformers! Bay isn't talented enough to create his own successful show/movie from scratch so he takes an already well established and successful creation and "re-creates" it in his own way and just blows a bunch of **** up in order to make a buck from mindless people who are happy to sit through lame story, terrible dialog, poor acting as long as there are explosions. I say **** Michael Bay. **** is so called Tranformers. and **** his alien ninja turtles.

863 days ago
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