Joe Manganiello Eyed Casey Jones Role in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie
Joe Manganiello, known for "True Blood" and "Magic Mike," has revealed that he almost played Casey Jones in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles adaptation.
Joe Manganiello reveals he almost played Casey Jones in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Originally a comic book, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles spawned an animated series and a live-action film in 1990. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles followed with two sequels, as well as more animated shows and movies, like 2007's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which debuted over the years. There was also a reboot of the film series in 2014. Throughout the history of popular characters, they've often been assisted by vigilante Casey Jones. Jones is played by Elias Koteas, Stephen Amell, and even voiced by Chris Evans, among others.
Hobo with a Shotgun director Jason Eisner recently tweeted about a gritty, violent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie that he released five years ago featuring Casey Jones. Manganiello responded to Eisner's tweet about the project, offering insight into how he came close to taking on the role.
About ten years ago, Paramount wanted to make something with me and I said I wanted to play Casey Jones… I would have done this in a heartbeat— JOE MANGANIELLO (@JoeManganiello) February 24, 2023" window.arrayOfEmbedScripts["twitter"] = ""
According to Manganiello, he expressed interest in playing the role prior to Eisner's pitch. However, as he said, "I'll do it right away," further indicating his interest in playing Casey Jones.
Other Comic Book Roles Joe Manganiello Has Missed Out On
Manganiello is a self-proclaimed nerd and often professes his love for comic books and games. He's also a notorious Dungeons & Dragons player, regularly hosting events with other famous celebrities. This love also seeps into his acting choices, with Manganiello often courting roles in comic book movies but ultimately missing out. While he didn't end up playing Casey Jones, it was one of several comic book roles he didn't land.
Manganiello has appeared in comic book films, played Flash Thompson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films, and briefly as Deathstroke in the DCEU. His time as Deathstroke should continue, a character that was meant to appear in several other movies before the debacle surrounding Justice League ended. Ben Affleck is working on writing, directing and starring in a Batman movie for the DCEU that will see Manganiello's Deathstroke as the main antagonist. However, despite reports of a quality script, the project was canceled.
Manganiello also lost out to Henry Cavill for the role of Superman in Man of Steel. He has previously said that losing the role of Superman has been depressing for months, as it was an actor's coveted role. Although he said he No regrets, he went on to become the star of the superhero film Arch Enemy, in which he played a character with superpowers from another dimension. So while Manganiello missed out on some comic book-inspired characters, like Casey Jones in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, he found a way to make his mark on the genre.
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