Splinter to Have Cirrhosis of the Liver with Jaundice for ‘Ninja Turtles’

By  · Published on April 17th, 2013

Oh, Danny Woodburn. It’s great to see that Cirrhosis of the liver with jaundice can’t keep a good man down. According to Deadline Hollywood, the Seinfeld actor has just been cast as Master Splinter in Jonathan Liebesman’s Ninja Turtlesrounding out a cast that’s out of the left side of left field. Although that kind of goes with the alien-based plot they’ve cooked up, so let’s just go with it.

On the one hand, it’s laudable to see some atypical casting. On the other, it all feels really bizarre. It’s also still unclear whether Woodburn will appear in the film itself or whether he’ll be lending his voice (and/or movements) to a CGI giant rat. Probably the latter.

Is this project so weird it just might work or a year-long train wreck that we get PR emails about? Hard to say. Very, very hard to say. However, the one thing that Woodburn’s casting makes clear is the probability that Will Arnett will be playing the movie’s villain. Now the question is whether he’s an alien or a more earth-bound enemy. And that train wreck thing. There are a lot of questions that still need answers with this one.

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