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Stephen Amell talks Casey Jones role in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel

April 6th, 2015 by Marc Comments


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.

Source: Comicbook

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….

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