NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. (WIVB) — People in Buffalo have been excited to see Route 33 make an appearance in the movie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Film crews spent two weeks setting off explosions and flying helicopters over the expressway for a chase scene in the movie. Although stunt doubles did all of the work in Buffalo, the actors who play the characters have nothing but nice things to say about the Queen City.
Stephen Amell plays the role of Casey Jones, a hockey mask-wearing vigilante cop who helps the turtles take on the villains. “I usually travel through Buffalo at least once a year. I love the Anchor Bar, I’ve been to both the American and Canadian sides of Niagara Falls”, said Amell about Western New York. He was excited to see that chase scene, because it’s where the audience gets to know his character, but he was distracted the first time he watched the movie at a special screening in New York City, saying “that was a really difficult scene for me to concentrate on all of the crazy stuff that was happening, I was having trouble focusing!”
Two of the other new additions to the cast also gave shout-outs to Buffalo. Stephen Farelly and Gary Anthony Williams play the roles of Bebop and Rocksteady, two criminals turned mutant villain henchmen. They think everyone will love the scene shot along the 33, because it has everything you could ask for. “You have motorcycles, you have cars, you have the turtles, you have helicopters and you have that cool turtles truck as well with the gadgets that Donatello has designed. You even have a wormhole! So every form of transportation. Except trains”.
Williams appeared on Wake Up! Thursday morning to talk more about the new movie:
Paramount studios also invited News 4 to see a ninja turtles lair they built in a secret location in New York City. It was inspired by the turtles hangout in the movie, but this lair was for humans to rent out leading up to the national release on Friday, May 3, 2016. It features a giant TV in the main area, along with a small basketball court, lockers full of ninja weapons, a kitchen full of pizza, and a control are with monitors that show the subways of the city.
As cool as the lair was, nothing compares to seeing Buffalo on the big screen.