Arrow actor and FTN favourite Stephen Amell has been cast as Casey Jones in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel (here) and he’s been talking about how the role differs from the one he’s now famous for… Oliver Queen.
“I’m just glad I get to play a vigilante on the big screen,” he said, having a little jibe over the fact that he’ll not be playing Arrow on the big screen version of the Justice League.
But isn’t he worried about being typecast? “Obviously, the similarities are right there on the surface, he’s a vigilante. But, if the audition process and the script are any indication the character is going to be fundamentally different. As a matter of fact, it is almost like the character of Casey Jones – at least in this iteration of Ninja Turtles – is almost like the Oliver Queen people know from the older comic books.”
Some Green Arrow fans have complained that the TV incarnation is a more serious version, similar to the one created by Mike Grell, rather than the more superhero-eaque version many comic fans are used to: “As much as I enjoy playing Oliver Queen it is very important to me to stretch out a little bit,” Amell added.
“And believe me, I know I’m playing another vigilante. I know this! You’re going to have to trust me when I say that not only is Casey Jones different from Oliver Queen, but filming a big feature film is really different than filming a television show.”
While we’re fine with seeing Amell playing the same sort of character again, we’re loving the enthusiasm he has for doing something a bit – ? – different: “One thing that I’ve learned from being on Arrow is that if the people that write and direct and create the shows aren’t fans of the source material and don’t get the community than the show’s not gonna be any good.”
While the latest TMNT movie divided us here at FTN (I liked it), we’re all wondering if Amell’s Casey Jones might be enough for the haters to give it a second chance… time will tell, we suppose.