TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES II: THE SECRET OF THE OOZE
After their rooftop battle with the Foot Clan, the Turtles find themselves between homes and are living off pizza delivery from “Roy’s” Pizza while staying in April O’Neil’s new apartment with Master Splinter. The Turtles find out where the Ooze, the substance which made them mutate, came from. Unfortunately Shredder learns about it too, and uses it to enhance himself. So the Turtles have to prove again who’s the better ninja fighter.
Paige plays April O’Neil a television reporter working for Channel 3. She is a close friend of the Turtles and provides them with a place to stay after the destruction of their lair in the previous film, and helps them research the company responsible for the mutagen that transformed the Turtles into their present state.
TRIVIA & FACTS
- Taking over the role from Judith Hoag, critics noted that she bared more of a resemblance to the character as she’s seen in the original “Mirage” comic book, than Hoag did.
- Paige had to work around her AMC schedule in order to shoot scenes for the movie that were filmed in New York City in December, but she did not take time off from the show.
- Based on the comic book characters the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.
- It is the sequel to the 1990 film, “TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES”.
- It opened at number one in North America on its first weekend of release and was a success at the box office, but made less than the first film. It became the 13th highest grossing film domestically in the year of its release.
- At the beginning of the film where April enters her apartment and picks up a pile of magazines, the top one is actually a comic book of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”.
- The building used for the entrance to April’s apartment is the office to the New York location of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.
The film has a total of 3 wins and 1 nomination including: BMI Film & TV Awards, Kids’ Choice Awards, Young Artist Awards.
“It’s like being in a fantasy land. I said to a friend of mine it was like being a little kid and going to Disney World, except they talk to you. My first day was like. ‘Wow! They’re talking to me! This is amazing!’ And I found myself, as an actress, talking to Michaelangelo, not to the actor. Once in a while, I would go, ‘This is really weird. I’m turning a little silly here,’ because the actor inside can see me really empathizing or having fun with Michaelangelo. And each of the Turtles has their own separate personality, which I had trouble with before I started the film because I thought, “Oh. God! I’m going to have to memorize their colors.’ Somebody had said to me, ‘No, they all have their own personalities.’ I remember thinking, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’ And when I got there, they really did! It was great!! I mean, it was keeping the child alive in you. You have to in order to do a film like this one. The child in you sparks up and lives for a little while, and it was wonderful to be a part of that.” – Paige Turco
“I’ve never seen myself before on a big screen. In fact, I was saying to somebody, T hope that I get to see it at some point,’ because I don’t want to show up at the premiere and be sitting there, going, ‘Oh, my God! I’m huge up there!’ You know, that’s a strange feeling. I went to a film last week, and I sat there, and suddenly it hit me! I went. ‘Wow! Like, that’s, that’s real big up there. I’m a little scared about all this.’ And when I went to do the looping, I was a little shocked at first, but you get used to it.” – Paige Turco
“The actors were great, and they helped me out as much as they could, but there was only so much we could do because it’s so technical. One of the things that was very difficult about it was when a line was spoken, the puppeteer spoke at the same time as the actor in the Turtle costume, and when the actor inside said his line, it was extremely muffled because all I heard was machinery moving the faces. It was definitely a challenge. There were a couple of times after we had been working all day where I would stand there and think, ‘Where’s my puppeteer? Could somebody please move my face?’ It was kind of strange to go back to working with humans. Very different.” – Paige Turco
“I don’t know Judith, I’ve never talked with her. I saw the movie a long time ago and didn’t base anything of what I was doing on what she did. Judith and I are very different, and much of the way you create a character, you use a lot of yourself. To try and re-create, or create something from, somebody else’s work is a very bizarre concept to me. I’ve never even attempted it. I wouldn’t want to. This April is my April, the way I perceived her. The one thing that I did do was really concentrate on the reality of who she was. It’s not all that in-depth, you know, but I didn’t want a two-dimensional caricature. I really wanted to create a person. So, I have a friend who works for a network and he’s a field reporter, and I took two days and followed him around. I spent some time in a newsroom and out on locations. So, that was fun, just to get some idea of where this woman is coming from and what her day-to-day life is so that it could be interrupted by four absurd turtles.” – Paige Turco
“I definitely think she’s a little quirky to be able to live with these Turtles. She’s a very ambitious, very centered person who knows what she wants, she goes after what she wants, and she’s very’ open to accepting things. And very loving. She’s very caring, sisterly… I mean, they’re like teenage brothers, you know? I think she might have been a little bit conservative before she met the Turtles. But she has a really neat perspective on life.” – Paige Turco
“It had to break down sometimes. So, every once in a while, one of the Turtles’ faces would freak out. I mean, it would make really funny faces out of control. Or one of the guys in the suits would go, ‘It’s not happening.’ Like, it just wouldn’t move. You would hear somebody talking, but the face wouldn’t be responding to you.” – Paige Turco
“I tripped quite a bit. The Turtles had marks that were elevated off the floor because they couldn’t see them. You know, they saw out of little slits. So. I tripped a lot.” – Paige Turco
“A part of it was cut from the film, but there was a scene where I had to cross over to grab a purse very, very quickly in my house and one of the Turtles is hiding. And I was so damned determined to get that pocketbook, I went to jump over the Turtle, not thinking there’s this huge shell on his back with a bo, and got stuck. I was sitting on the Turtle’s back in the middle of this scene and started to laugh.” – Paige Turco
“There was something funny that happened off set. I got stuck in an elevator. Actually, that wasn’t very funny. What happened was the power went out during the hurricane. I was finally found after an hour, and the guy that found me – his dog found me actually – said to me when I was in there, ‘You’re working on that Turtle movie, aren’t you?’ And I said, ‘Yeah.’ He said, ‘Well, where are they now? Aren’t they supposed to save you?’ And I was sitting there, thinking, ‘All right. I know that was meant to be funny, but I’m not in the mood.’” – Paige Turco
“I loved him [David Warner]! He was working with me on one of the first days I worked, so I was really learning how everything worked, even down to simple things, and he was real helpful. He was right there, very giving. It’s hard to give specifics. It was just an overall feeling of the way he deals with this medium, being able to keep it alive. I wish I had had the opportunity to have more scenes with him and to really work with him – and maybe someday I will! But he’s a great guy. He’s really a neat person. People are going to love him. He was great as the professor.” – Paige Turco
“I’m actually contracted to do the third film, I don’t think they know for sure what they’re going to do, but one of the things that I would love to do would be to get into the martial arts of it all and maybe get into more of the action sequences. That would be fun. I haven’t seen it, but from what I understand, in the cartoon, April runs around with a gun, the suit, and does a lot of the stuff with them. That wasn’t the case with the film. I would have loved to, because I am athletic. I think I could pass on the yellow jumpsuit.” – Paige Turco
“It was different. I knew there was enough child in me so I was ready to jump right into the part.” – Paige Turco
“It’s a great thing to be the human kids identify with and can live through to relate with the Turtles. I tried to bring a certain amount of reality to her. She also has to be able to have some quirkiness to be able to accept the absurd – living with these Turtles.” – Paige Turco
“They are charming. I know I sound like an idiot a lot of the time when I am talking about these Turtles, but they are charming. I remember on the first day in rehearsal, I felt like I was 5 years old in Disneyworld. I grew to love these Turtles. They are my buddies.” – Paige Turco
“I found myself really talking to them. It was frightening because I was like, ‘There’s an actor in there watching me make an idiot out of myself.’ It was like being in Disney World. You have to keep the child alive in you. Who doesn’t want to have buddies who are turtles?” – Paige Turco