Bobby Wagner has long been a huge fan of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” franchise that spans from comic books to movies to cartoons to action figures. One of his prized possessions is a green turtle shell backpack, and in 2015, he suggested in an NFL Network interview that he should be in a Ninja Turtles Movie.
Well, it appears Wagner managed to speak that wish into existence, because the Seahawks middle linebacker landed a small voice role in the recently-released animated movie, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem.”
Wagner, whose IMDB page lists him in the movies as “Man Who Thought a Giant Rat Was a Big Cat But It Was Actually a Rat” explained that his reputation as a Ninja Turtles fan led to the people making the movie to reach out to him.
“They know I like Ninja Turtles and then they reached out to my marketing guy, and they set it up,” Wagner said. “It was a voiceover, so I could do it, and I did it. Splinter is in the street, and everybody is looking at him and calling him a rat, and I’m the voice in the background saying, ‘He doesn’t look like a rat, he’s a cat.’ I did this in the summertime. It took me like 10 minutes, it was just that one line. It wasn’t that much.”
Wagner said the process was quick and he was able to do it without leaving town, noting, “It only took like two takes. We got the text that we wanted, and then I was just playing around it with it. One of the ones that I was playing around with, they went with that one. Maybe like a couple of takes.”
While Wagner doesn’t see himself pursuing a Hollywood career when he’s done playing, he wouldn’t mind doing more voiceover work if it were to work out.
“I would really love to do voiceovers,” he said. “I think it would be cool to do a voiceover for a really big movie. Maybe that’s in my future. I think you can be a different character, and you just add the voice to the character. Acting, there is so much more that goes into that, facial expressions and things of that nature. You just have to feel what the character is (feeling), what you’re seeing. I watch cartoons all the time. I watch different things all of the time that I feel like it’s an easier fit for me.”
As for any actual on-camera acting, Wagner said he’ll leave that to teammate DK Metcalf, who recently filmed an NFL commercial, and who had a small role in the 2022 film, “Secret Invasion.”
“DK actually has a passion for it, and he kind of does it a little bit already,” Wagner said. “I think he would be the one best equipped to make that transition.”
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