Entertainment Hive 2020

Brad Fuller enjoys some turtle-powered laughs

By Honey B

There are not many laughs when it comes to making horror movies, so producer and Platinum Dunes co-founder Brad Fuller gets his chuckles when he’s working on a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles flick. “It’s very exciting to put my stamp on this new Turtles movie and it’s something that we’ve worked really hard at,’’ Fuller says while on a whirlwind trip to Australia. “I find it great to spend all day with characters who are laughing and having fun. It’s a good change of pace for us and we are very grateful that we have been able to do this.’’ Fuller is quite proud of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows saying: “we really made this movie for families.’’. “We felt the first movie played a little bit older and I didn’t feel like we nailed the tone of the movie the whole way through. “There were funny parts, but some parts felt a little bit older to us. “When we went about making this film, we were very, very specific about who we wanted to reach. “Our ultimate goal was for someone in any age range to be able to sit down and start watching the movie and start smiling from the first minute. “I would love to get the message out there that this film is okay to bring your young kids to – it’s fun for the whole family.’’ That’s not to say this film doesn’t have plenty of turtle power with an array of amazing stunts and superb CGI action moments. “The first action sequence takes place on the highway near New York and it was all so practical with every car, van, helicopter you see there in the shot. “The only thing that wasn’t there was the turtles driving the garbage truck. “Then we have the airplane sequence which didn’t have any planes in it or turtles, but then you see what has been created with the turtles diving out of a plane onto another airplane – it’s amazing. “Hopefully the audience will enjoy these two full-on action sequences equally.’’ Along with the green, sewer-dwelling heroes all of peoples’ favourite characters are back from April O’Neil (Megan Fox), cameraman Vernon (Will Arnett), wise rat and ninja master Splinter and baddie Shredder. Fans will delight that the mutants quota has been upped with the introduction of hench-animals Bee- Bop and Rocksteady, while slimy alien brain Krang, complete with his technodrome adds another layer to the storyline. “Beebop and Rocksteady were supposed to be in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie but the technology just wasn’t up to it. “Two years has really made the difference and allowed us to make these characters as real as possible. “The turtles have also grown from each movie and we wanted the audience to have a better sense of the turtles and the relationship between the four of them.’’ Fuller laughs when asked who his favourite turtle is. “I would have to say Mickey because he is fun and he’s always saying the wrong thing at the exact right time to make people laugh. Fuller has notched up some super scary horror films over his career from 2014’s remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to The Purge and Ouija – and there is even a Friday the 13 th  sequel to come. But for now it’s cowabunga as Fuller rides the turtle-power wave and he hopes to work with the four green dudes again. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows in cinemas now
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