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Michael Bay

Leonardo AND April O'Neal

Have My Back!

3/21/2012 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michaelangelo needs to back the hell off of Michael Bay and let the guy turn the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles into aliens ... this according to the guy who voiced Leonardo.

TMZ broke the story ... Bay has been getting some serious flack ever since he announced he'll be changing the classic TMNT sewer-based origin story for his upcoming live-action flick.

But not every member of TMNT-nation is hating on Bay's idea to go intergalactic with the Turtles ... in fact, TWO former actors who starred in the original live-action movie are coming to Bay's defense.

TMZ spoke with Brian Tochi -- the original voice of Leo AND the Asian geek Takashi in "Revenge of the Nerds" -- who tells us, "If Michael Bay wants to do a different take on the turtles origin story ... Mazel Tov!"

We also spoke with Judith Hoag -- aka April O'Neal in the classic Turtles flick -- who says she's excited about Bay's new vision ... but her opinion might be slightly slanted.

"I was in "Armageddon" ... which Michael directed ... as well as "Nightmare On Elm Street" and "I Am Number Four" which he produced."

No word if Hoag will be in the new movie ... but she probably just upped her chances.


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Ok, so they'll be aliens. Fine. They'll be Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle-Like Aliens. An Alien can be teen in age, can study and become a ninja, can be like-kind to our terrestrial turtles, and can be a mutated form of their own kind. The only complaint anyone should be able to make is that the original non-mutated form was born of Earth. But I will say that if they are not mutated, you can't call the movie TMNT. If they are mutated, then the movie can be called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (From Space!). Now, can't we all just get along

954 days ago


Those two don't speak for the countless fans that are telling Bay to fk off with his horrible idea. They're MUTANTS. NOT ALIENS. What next sleeping beauty where it's actually a wax figure on the bed and she's really off fighting monsters in the center of the earth? Just because you can create a twist doesn't mean it's a good idea. Get over yourself Bay. TMNT isn't about YOU.

954 days ago

grace grant    

Yay! Can't wait to see the movie, I wish Judith Hoag was in it though, She's an amazing actress with so much talent!

953 days ago


I have to ask for a correction to this article. The original voice of Leonardo was Cam Clarke in 1987 for the cartoon series. The movie where Brian Tochi voice Leonardo came out in 1990. I only say this because Cam Clarke is amazing and deserves the credit he earned.

953 days ago

Angry Man    

Well no one liked Leonardo anyway, so who the hell cares about what he has to say. He was the Scott Summers of TMNT, who was a fruit-basket with great and unwarranted powers who always got punked around, anyway.

952 days ago
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