Will Arnett tormented TMNT director with ice cream
- Bang Showbiz
- 10 October 2014
Will Arnett has revealed he teased 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' director Jonathan Liebesman on set by giving the lactose intolerant filmmaker ice cream every day
Will Arnett tormented his lactose-intolerant director on 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' with ice cream sundaes throughout the shoot.
The 44-year-old actor discovered Jonathan Liebesman suffered from the food allergy but also had a sweet tooth for ice cream so as a joke he presented him with sundaes every day, and the filmmaker couldn't resist even though it made him ill.
In an interview with The Guardian newspaper, Arnett said: "He didn't resist. After it became a daily thing, he'd say, 'No, no, no, no, no! I do not want any more ice cream!' And we'd go, 'OK, we'll just leave it, uh, right here.' He'd always buckle and eat it - like angrily, furiously!"
In 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Arnett plays Vern Fenwick, a news cameraman who is in love with reporter April O'Neil - played by Megan Fox.
'The Millers' star admits he was tasked with the role of injecting extra humour into the film - which he wanted to star in to impress his two sons, Archibald, six, and Abel, four, whom he raises with his ex-wife Amy Poehler.
He said: "The Turtles are a known entity - there's a fun factor to them, almost a parody of superheroes, but they're still superheroes, just jokier, more smart-ass and funny, and you have to keep that balance. My job was to make it lighter, to give you a contrast to the more hard-driving action scenes. There was a lot of space given to improvisation, to finding things that felt fresh, made sense and were funny. They wanted someone associated with April who could inject a little humour and levity, not in a farcical way but in a real way."