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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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61.

Pat Martin    

Rist is worth paying attention to, because he's one of those rare Hollywood-nurtured creatives who's not a sycophantic twit, sucking up to anyone who might give him a job. He's been observationally smart, insightful, inventive and funny for a LONG time, and some high muckety-mucks would be making a good investment by funneling a bunch of free-range finances his way and hooking him up with the resources to have a go at doing some bigger projects, with the caveat that they stuff their executive decision making up their backsides while he works. Anyone who dwells on anything Cousin Oliver-related ought to go back to polishing their 1970s high school sports trophies. They need you more than he does.

I, on the other hand, *am* a sycophantic twit, only because Robbie has been a nice guy online and he actually has thoughtful interactions with long time fans like me.

Oh yeah, the boy can RAWK!!! too, in case you didn't know!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtNRBWd5ODc

892 days ago
62.

Louis    

MICHAEL BAY!
YOU TOOK A DUMP ALL OVER TRANSFORMERS AND NOW YOU’RE GOING TO TAKE A DUMP ON NINJA TURTLES? CREATE YOUR OWN STORIES IF YOU WANT TO DIRECT, BUT DONT GO TAKING CLASSICS THAT MEAN SO MUCH TO THEIR FANS BY RUINING THEM! ALREADY YOU ARE MAKING THEM ALIENS FROM OUTER SPACE RATHER THAN BEING CREATED FROM THE CLASSIC STORY LINE. WHAT ELSE ARE YOU GOING TO DO? ADD MORE SLUTS TO YOU'RE MOVIE TO MAKE UP FOR YOUR DISAPOINTING PLOT’S OR ANOTHER KID THAT WILL BE THE MAIN FOCUS IN LIEU OF THE MAIN CHARACTERS? THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THIS MOVIE DARK OR MAKE UP FOR TURTLES THIRD MOVIE, ESPECIALLY SINCE IT’S A LIVE ACTION, BUT WITH YOUR NAME ON THE HELM, IT’S A WASTE! YOU SHOULD FOCUSE BEING A PYROTECHNICIAN THAN A DIRECTOR! SHAME ON YOU AND SHAME ON THOSE WHO CHOSE YOU! GO DIRECT TOPO GIGIO INSTEAD!

892 days ago
63.

ptay    

Can we stop using the word "rape" to describe events that have nothing to do with, I don't know, rape? Rape is a very serious crime so to use it in connection with something as stupid and pointless as a bunch of talking turtles is not only offensive but dangerous. Stop misusing the word.

892 days ago
64.

The Mayor    

Bay says RELAX?! Chill?! ... If you have seen Pearl Harbor how can I relax.. what a chode.

892 days ago
65.

Joe    

So, the title will be "Teenage Alien Ninja Turtles" ? You can't keep the same name if you change the part of the story that is in the original title...

892 days ago
66.

Zadoc    

I am all for retconning a story to make it richer and make more sense. Every major comic has done this, including X-Men and the entire DC Universe (Superman, Batman, etc.). But in this case the "M" in TMNT stands for muntant. It's not called Teenage Turtles from Outer Space. It's TMNT!

POLL: Is it right for Michael Bay to turn the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles into aliens?
Vote: http://www.wepolls.com/p/8560...931

892 days ago
67.

steve    

Don't watch this. If you do, you'll make the baby Jesus cry.

892 days ago
68.

Tim    

I will never watch this movie, nor would I let my children. Blasphemy!

892 days ago
69.

Chris    

The Ninja Turtles from outerspace??? Is this freakin Star Trek??? Why say they're aliens?? I agree fully with Rist on this. He was the voice of Michelangelo in the three original(two of them great) Ninja Turtle movies, and what Bay is thinking of doing is a disgrace to all of us who have grown up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Fans aren't gonna like this at all.

892 days ago
70.

Wizard of Ahhs    

So basically the 90's version will just be updated with bad acting, explosions, hot chick, token black guy, dumb kid, explosions, lame one liners, car chases, and CGI...oh yeah explosions

892 days ago
71.

james    

this is like obama, want to change something when its not broke!

892 days ago
72.

MrThinkYouKnow    

Energon Cubes. Where are they now?

892 days ago
73.

TMNT    

If he makes them into a alien race he is single handedly distroying the legacy that is TMNT and the childhoods of millions of fans.

892 days ago
74.

Gung    

The term "alien" means more than just a being from another planet.. he could have simply meant this as " A person from another and very different family, people, or place."

892 days ago
75.

Max    

Bay might have made more money than Robbie Rist, but really, who is more loathed among fan groups? THE definitive voice of Michelangelo, or the guy who turned Transformers into a 1 film too long series that cures the most intense case of insomnia?

892 days ago
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