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

imageThe 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!

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  • Maximillian Pegasus

    Marc Guggenheim, GO WATCH TMNT2, that’s Oliver Queen, not this broody Bruce Wayne like character you have on Arrow.

    • Joseph

      Was Stephen Amell actually good in this movie? He seems like a very stiff boring actor on Arrow (but that may be because of the poor writing and the very dismal personality they have forced upon his character). Hoping he proves me wrong in TMNT2.

      • The stiff boring thing in the first season of Arrow was actually Amell acting, because Oliver was putting on an act for everyone.

        You really should’ve watched beyond the first handful of episodes.

        • Joseph

          Why are you assuming I’ve only seen a handful of episodes? You say that as though he was ONLY stiff and boring in the first few episodes. I’ve seen every episode of Arrow (just in case something interesting actually does happen, like Season 2; and so i can understand the crossovers with Flash). Oliver is a stiff unemotional character with no dimension whatsoever. I’m not sure what show you’re watching, but after 4 years there has been ZERO progression with his character. The only difference between Ollie in Season 4 and Ollie in Season 1 is that now Ollie smiles once in a while around Felicity, and it comes off very fake. It LOOKS like he’s TRYING to act. You’re saying he’s doing that on purpose? That in the show his character is purposely putting on an act? I don’t understand that at all. How is acting like a stiff unemotional character an act? If you’re talking about season 1 when he was trying to hide his identity, it makes NO sense to act that way if he wanted to hide who he really was. If he really wanted to hide his hero identity, he would act like a party animal playboy with lots of fun energy, no? Like Bruce Wayne. Oliver only did that in one or two episodes in Season 1. So I hate to burst your bubble about Stephen Amell acting like a stiff “on purpose”. But I really think that’s just called BAD ACTING. The definitive proof of his bad acting was in the death of Laurel episode and the funeral episode afterwards. The fact that he could not express ANY sad or heartfelt emotion WHATSOEVER is just proof that he either cannot act, or that the character is just poorly poorly written. I can’t count the number of times I cried during the Flash. They have some real acting chops on that show. I’ve never felt anything close to that kind of emotion from Oliver and his 12 sidekick pals.

      • Maximillian Pegasus

        He’s really good and likable guy in the the film.

    • Umm… Green Arrow has always been a Batman knock-off. Always.

      And there is plenty of levity in Arrow. If you’re watching, you’d know that.

      • Maximillian Pegasus

        Have you read Green Arrow? I would recommend you read Green Arrow Rebirth#1 that came out this week.