Shredder Gets a New Identity in ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’

William Fichtner reveals the name of his villain, and its not the Oroku Saki we know from the comic book and cartoon series.

William Fitchner confirms Shredder is not Oroku Saki in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
William Fitchner confirms Shredder is not Oroku Saki in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Last month, William Fichtner confirmed that he is playing the villain Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. When speaking to the press about his role in The Lone Ranger, in theaters July 3, the actor revealed that his character's given name is not what you may expect.

"I actually play a guy named Eric Sachs [Sounds like Sachs? Hard to understand] in the movie. And then he goes through a few stages in his existence. But Turtles is coming together very, very cool. There is a whole interesting dynamic that happens in the world of Turtles and all I can really say about it at this point while working on it is that the Turtle film, it's not like anything that I remember about the Turtles before. I feel like this Michael Bay-produced movie is just gonna really be something else. I'm pretty excited."

In the original comic books and animated series, Shredder's real name is Oroku Saki, and he is of Japanese descent. There were rumors that casting a Japanese actor for Shredder may have hurt the project's box office prospects in the all-important and rapidly-growing Chinese market. You need only look at how closely Michael Bay is working with China on Transformers 4 to know that this is 'based' in fact. It doesn't mean Japanese actors are no longer welcome in Hollywood. The Wolverine has a mostly Japanese cast. It's solely on projects like Transformers 4 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, where China is a co-producer or financier. We saw this with Iron Man 3 earlier in the summer, which had scenes shot specifically for the Chinese audience that weren't seen anywhere else.

When asked if Eric Sachs is actually Japanese, William Fichtner would not reveal any specifics.

"You know, uh, you know I think it would be much more exciting to find out these things as it unfolds."

An early, leaked draft of the screenplay last year revealed that this version of Shredder was a former military officer named Colonel Schrader, but that could have very easily been changed since then. Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles, Wrath of the Titans) is directing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which is currently in production.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was released August 8th, 2014 and stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Pete Ploszek, Johnny Knoxville, Jeremy Howard. The film is directed by Jonathan Liebesman.

Sources: Screen Rant

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  1. Panda Well Dressed Pickles

    weird that most of the comments complain that their "childhood" was ruined and comparing this to the animated series.. WHICH in fact isn't even the original..

    the ORIGINAL doesn't have colorful turtle eye covers.. they all wear the same black covers Oh and they KILL their enemies.. yes, they kill them.. that is the original turtles..

    2 years agoby @Panda-Well-Dressed-PicklesFlag

  2. Ryan Crowe

    Call this a rant if you want but I think that any writer, producer or director that makes a movie based on characters that someone else created whether it's Michael Bay doing the Transformers movies or the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie or some other director doing a movie based on a Marvel or DC character, they should have to sign a contract with the creators agreeing not to change their "intellectual properties"(characters) names or origins in any way. And I'm sure I'm not the only one that thinks that's a good idea, and while we're at it before you make the movie try researching the project instead of making terrible casting decisions and botching storylines. Call it what you want but I for one am sick of Hollywood f*cking with my childhood.

    2 years agoby @Ryan-CroweFlag

  3. Chris Lemieux

    I just wan to say..thank you for taking something I loved and brought me soooooooo much joy as a child..and Raping it, burning it and making it now something that in a year from now I will Loathe. I want to know that I personally would punch each and every single person who is on this movie in the face multiple times, rather then watch and promote something so horrid!!!! You f*cked with Shredder, and mangled to all hell April....Whats next, Splinter is a bunny and Yosaki Yojimbo is a Dolphin. Might as well have Leo as Red, Donny as blue..and leave the other 2 turtles out of the script all together. DUMBASSES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 years agoby @Chris-LemieuxFlag

  4. Ian Whitzy

    I am getting tired of these movie studios ruining good movies because they want to Kiss China's ass!!!! Since when do we kiss other countries asses in order to sell movies?

    2 years agoby @Ian-WhitzyFlag

  5. Hideki Ryuga

    I don't hate her, just felt easy for me to feel on MB's shoes.

    @rabbit66 I quite enjoy what most people hate on MB movies, the explosions, slow motions, zoom in and out I think he does it quite well. People are different and it's normal to happen not all like the same things you do.

    Zack Snyder kinda do the same, works with colors tones and everything but until now the only thing I enjoyed from hon was 300

    2 years agoby @h-ryugaFlag

  6. Rabbit66

    you guys all b**ch "Michael bay ruined my childhood, megan fox sucks..." truth is, you will all be standing in line, waiting to give Bay your money so he can do it again.

    2 years agoby @rabbit66Flag

  7. Gandoff

    @h-ryuga I understand that. Don't think she is a bad person, just not very smart in her attempt of trying to compare him to those people.

    2 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  8. Hideki Ryuga

    well she is hot but am still digesting the info you gave and right now am not thinking of her as a hot girl

    2 years agoby @h-ryugaFlag

  9. Mieko_Siede

    This is almost like a punch to the gut. It isn't as though we own the property or have a say in the changes that are made for whatever reasons. But wow, at least honor the elements that a majority of audience members are familiar with. This is shaping up like something of a failed experiment that leaked into the streets of New York and a militia group is searching them out to either understand or destroy before it causes an epidemic. The only thing at this point familiar with this story is the fact that we have four turtles and a rat that each don the same names of renaissance. I really don't know at this point what to think. Earlier I was a bit hyped for this movie and had a lot of confidence in the final product. Now, it doesn't seem to be holding my confidence. I'm content with the idea of just waiting to see how this unfolds later. It could be a fresh start for a new generation further removed from the original source material and the recent relaunch of the comics and animated series.

    2 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  10. Gandoff

    @h-ryuga She is hot, and does good acting work for the roles she gets. But I don't think myself she is that smart. She in my opinion from interviews she has given, is the type of person who wants to look smart with out the work of actually being so. And her remarks was more trying to describe how tough the work was. Trying to talk smart and not realizing what she was saying. Bay knows where she is good looking, she can bring in guys to watch the movies. But I do not know how others all feel, but also think he knew dropping her for T3 hurt some major story line plots because of the "connection" their characters had from the first 2 films. Just my thoughts on a second shot and all.

    2 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  11. Superman81

    They cast a white actor and people expected him to look and act Japanese? I know its not the same as everyone wanted but he is a good actor and we should just see how it plays out

    2 years agoby @superman81Flag

  12. renodc

    @skywise You're very right. The best example of this is Iron Man 3. Most people's dislike of IM3 is the changes made to the Mandarin and if you read any of Shane Black's reasoning it centralizes around the comic book version of the Mandarin being a "racial stereotype" which translated from Liberal Hollywood means we didn't want to pi$$ off the Chinese who we are going to sell the cr@p out of this too, and pat ourselves on the back for being so socially conscious that we want traditional middle eastern terrorists to feel the love as well so we are just going to beat the "Evil Caucasian-American Military Industrialist angle" to death.

    2 years agoby @renodcFlag

  13. G Irish

    I'm trying to remain open minded about the entire film but this is really sounding like one big farce. It's a complete disrespect to all the fans and staff who worked on the past cartoons and story itself. If Michael Bay wants to mess it up, why not just leave this alone and rename the whole script have it about alien dogs or robots and work on blowing things up.

    2 years agoby @girishmanFlag

  14. Hideki Ryuga

    And he called her in to work with for this movie
    Respect to Michael Bay

    2 years agoby @h-ryugaFlag

  15. Hideki Ryuga

    damn, I did not know he was Jewish and am starting to think either she didn't know that before or she missed some very important history classes.
    how cruel, I used to like her and thought that that subject was taken far too serious but with this facts the game changes.
    to think how many...DAMN!
    I read Exodus and I think anyone who read that book knows how really the Jewish people suffered in Hitler's hands

    2 years agoby @h-ryugaFlag

  16. Gandoff

    @h-ryuga Like @WhiskeyDeltaEcho said, she gave a interview calling him Hitler also in a panel discussion with the press. Bay is Jewish, and took it such a offense he wrote her out of T3. She was using the reference to Hitler and Napoleon to say how he was strict, organized, and planned out in detail. But as we all know those references would make many people mad, specifically in Hollywood.

    2 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  17. WongFu

    I'll watch it, I just hope it's good.

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  18. WhiskeyDeltaEcho

    @h-ryuga She was not brought on T3 because of an interview she gave for Wonderland Magazine. This is the excerpt from that interview that got her canned

    "God, I really wish I could go loose on this one. He's like Napoleon and he wants to create this insane, infamous mad-man reputation. He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he's a nightmare to work for but when you get him away from set, and he's not in director mode, I kind of really enjoy his personality because he's so awkward, so hopelessly awkward. He has no social skills at all. And it's endearing to watch him."

    2 years agoby @WhiskeyDeltaEchoFlag

  19. SoksoV

    And this is probably the first time I hear so much about the producer more than the director just because it's Michael Bay... Never heard someone talking about Emma Thomas or Avi Arad lol.

    2 years agoby @SoksoVFlag

  20. SoksoV

    Am I the only one who smells false marketing just to fool us?

    2 years agoby @SoksoVFlag

  21. Misterwonderful77

    That didn't sound scripted at all....

    2 years agoby @misterwonderful77Flag

  22. skywise

    @paulington I know that the world box office is floating the majority of the bills these days from Hollywood but I find the trend disturbing. Ticket sales are not what they used to be and have been in steady decline for quite some time. All things considered, it's fair to say that Hollywood is paying the bills with international blockbusters, and that's having a profound effect on the industry as a whole. Not a good one I might add.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  23. Hideki Ryuga

    well I'd thank you if you could give that info.
    why was Megan fox was fired on TF3

    2 years agoby @h-ryugaFlag

  24. LuxoIII

    And of course, fans will go into more pointless tirades about them not keeping with the source material. I mean, really people? It's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, not something really great and sacred like Star Wars or Back To the Future or even Star Trek. Being 21, I grew up on Power Rangers when I was a youngster, but if they announced a new PG-13 movie from Michael Bay and said they had changed the origins and characters, I wouldn't bat an eyelash, because I've moved on passed them and understand they were shallow and meaningless pieces of cheap entertainment for youngsters. It's the same way with Ninja Turtles and Transformers. It's kind of sad watching people in their 30s and 40s get all worked up over stuff that just isn't meant for them any more.

    2 years agoby @brady1138Flag

  25. Paulington

    Where is the confusion? China hates Japan and vice versatile.
    They'd rather look at this white dude. Rent the Japanese movie called Ping Pong, based on the Manga. There is one Chinese player played by Sam Lee. The Japanese players despise him. It will give you some cultural context why a Chinese co-production doesnt want to watch a Japanese actor in somthing they're footing the bill for, even if the character is Japanese. The movie is based on an American property. You'd think they would cheer a Japanese bad guy who goes down in flames, but no. Simple fact, Chinese audiences don't want to see Japanese actors or character. Check out some history books, get a Japanese friend if you still don't understand this decision. For Michael Bay it's about money.

    2 years agoby @paulingtonFlag

  26. JasonKat

    hahahaha @gandoff i couldnt agree more. i always wondered who (toka ad rara were) yea thats what april called them. lol
    i would of loved to have had a turtle movie with krang, Bebop and Rock Steady, the big tectndrom or however its spelled. i am loving the new cartoon on tv. i hope the movie follows some kinda org. story but in an updated way.

    2 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  27. LazerDude

    of course it isn't the shredders real name why would Bay want to keep any of the source material that people know and love when he can replace it with stuff people hate...

    2 years agoby @lazerdudeFlag

  28. The Real Goku

    @gandoff LOL! Exactly! Man this is going to be bad. Not to mention how bad the turtles and shredder could possibly look

    2 years agoby @therealGokuFlag

  29. Gandoff

    @therealGoku My thing is, how are the actors going to be able to fully motion capture the turtles with NO martial arts training to the degree needed for their fights?

    @jasonkat HEY, Super Shredder was I always wished they did Bebop and Rock Steady instead of those weird dog and turtle things.

    2 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  30. JasonKat

    could of been worse. they could of casted john cho as shredder, LOL
    or kevin nash, lmfao!

    2 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

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