Stephen Amell Had A Blast Playing Casey Jones; Compares It To Oliver Queen

The sequel to 2014’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hits theater this Friday. A few reviews have made their way on line and you can expect ours tomorrow. What looks to be a fun continuation for our heroes in a half shell, introduces us to a few characters we may or may not already know. One of those characters is the infamous Casey Jones.

When it was announced that Casey Jones would appear in the sequel, they already had someone attached to play him. Stephen Amell was announced to play Casey Jones a little over a year ago and it was a very interesting choice. Fans of his know he’s no stranger to the vigilante role. He currently stars as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow in DC Comics and The CW Networks, Arrow.

During my attendance of the press conference for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows, a member of the press in attendance asked Amell how the naivety of the Casey Jones role differs from the brooding of the Oliver Queen role.

Amell had this to say:

It’s very exciting. You know, the first scene that I got to shoot in the movie which is not Casey’s first scene chronologically, but it was the scene where Casey meet both April and the Turtles. And Casey thinks the Turtles are aliens, that they’re gonna eat him. And you know, that was my first day, first major scene filming, and you know, I was beside myself for the first four, five hours just trying to bring it at a level 10 out of 10, and Andrew Form, our executive producer, turned to me at lunch, which was actually dinner ‘cause we were shooting nights, and he turned to me and he goes, “Got a Casey Jones. Feels like we got a Turtles movie.” And it was

Amell continues to say:

I mean, I can do some good impersonations of the executive producers and the writers and the director, and Michael Bay. But you know, he was just making a casual comment, but it imbued me with so much confidence and so much goodwill and good feeling for the rest of the production that I feel like me personally being in such a good space because of that experience brought an earnestness and an enthusiasm to Casey Jones which, I mean, I love playing Oliver Queen, but I had a blast playing Casey Jones. It was so much fun.

Tell me which character you prefer him ad when you Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows in theaters everywhere on Friday!

Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael return to theaters this summer to battle bigger, badder villains, alongside April O’Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell). After supervillain Shredder (Brian Tee) escapes custody, he joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) and two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (WWE Superstar Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly), to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater evil with similar intentions: the notorious Krang.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows hits theaters everywhere June 3rd, 2016!

Nathaniel Brail

Nathaniel Brail

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