William Fichtner cast as Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The casting of William Fichtner in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) answers the question of who play Shredder / Oroku Saki in the Jonathan Liebesman directed, Michael Bay produced film. William Fichtner’s casting as The Shredder is highly dubious as his formal and original incarnation is that of a Japan-born ninja.
William Fichtner had this to say about his role in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
I play Shredder. It is cool. It’s one of those things that came along where I thought, “Really? Let me think about this for a minute.” [Laughs] Then I was like, “Yeah, OK, this sounds like a journey.” I’m very glad that it worked out, I’m really glad that I’m doing it.
On the Shredder:
In the original comic books by Mirage Comics, Oroku Saki is the younger brother of Oroku Nagi. Nagi competed with Hamato Yoshi (the owner of Splinter, the Turtles’ mentor) for the love of a woman named Tang Shen. Shen loved only Yoshi, and a feud erupted between Yoshi and Nagi, which led to Yoshi killing Nagi and fleeing from Japan to New York City with Shen.
The younger Saki joined the Foot Clan and trained to be a ninja. Over time, he rose in the ranks of the foot Clan and was eventually put in charge of the Clan’s American branch. Under Saki’s leadership, The Foot participated in variety of criminal activities, including drug smuggling, arms running, and assassination. This also allowed him to finally move to New York to avenge his brother’s death by killing Yoshi and Shen; however, Yoshi’s pet rat Splinter escaped and later mutated into an anthropomorphic form, and spent years training the four Ninja Turtles to avenge Yoshi and Shen.
When Splinter felt the Turtles were ready, he asked them to challenge and kill Oroku Saki. This first fight took place at night on a rooftop in New York City. They defeated him and allowed him to commit seppuku, but Shredder refused and detonated a thermite grenade, in an attempt to take them with him to his death. However, in the last second Donatello used his bo staff to knock the Shredder off the building to his death.
However, he was later recreated through a unique Foot Clan cloning technique utilizing worms, and was finally finished off by Leonardo by decapitation. Then the Turtles burn the corpse to make sure the Shredder never returns. With the Shredder gone, chaos erupted in New York City among the leaderless Foot Clan. The leader of the Foot in Japan Karai came to New York and established a shaky truce with the Turtles to re-establish peace.
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