Will Arnett tormented TMNT director with ice cream

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

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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."

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

  • 1990
  • US
  • 93 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Steve Barron
  • Cast: Judith Hoag, Elias Koteas

The four turtles mutated by radiation have become Ninja experts under the tutelage of sensei ratman Splinter. A crimewave is hitting New York under the guidance of Shredder's nefarious Foot Clan and the turtles are all that stand between the Big Apple and chaos. Re-released (with restored nunchaka action that was deemed…

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 101 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman
  • Cast: Megan Fox, Alan Ritchson, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Noel Fisher, Will Arnett, Danny Woodburn, William Fichtner, Johnny Knoxville, Tony Shalhoub
  • UK release: 17 October 2014

Visually distinctive reboot of the franchise chronicling the adventures of four late-adolescent, martial-arts-trained, pizza-addicted chelonians and their intrepid reporter pal (Fox). The CGI-enhanced turtles are an improvement on their cinematic predecessors, Fox is commendably committed and Arnett is enjoyable as her…

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