[After crushing its box office competition with an opening $34 million weekend, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows star Will Arnett talks to SOHH about his on-screen character Vern’s becoming a superstar.]

The evolution of Vern? That’s the burning question.

What could I possibly do to take it to the next level? I think it was important overall for everybody that we kind of knew what we’d done right in the first movie and what we’d done wrong and we wanted to kind of capitalize on the things we did right.

We wanted to have more fun and kind of tell a story that really resonated and made sense within sort of the canon of the Turtles.

For me, personally, for Vern, it was kind of fun to be able to come back and do something a little bit different. He’s kind of on this path that you think is kind of shady but ultimately has a sort of a little bit of redemption. So that was good. He had a little bit of something to do.

But overall it was important to kind of make a bigger, more fun exciting Turtles.