Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, Foot Soldier (Daniel Pesina) Mask and Bandana

original movie costume

This mask and bandana make up part of the Foot Soldier costume that was worn by actor and Wushu Master Daniel Pesina in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991).

 

Although similar to the Foot Clan masks seen in the first movie, the sequel's mask eye holes are slightly smaller. The patch is a bolder red than the rest of the bandana to stand out better in the film. The black on the wire frame of the eyes was hand-painted.

 

Daniel Pesina appeared as a Foot Soldier in the majority of the film's fighting scenes, getting kicked, punched, or thrown, including in the infamous night club scene with Vanilla Ice near the end of the movie.

 

At one point during that scene, the actor who played Donatello was supposed to roll Pesina and then do a side kick, but he decided to do a roundhouse kick instead without giving a warning, and as a result, Pesina almost lost his two front teeth. The Foot Soldier actors could barely see where to move in front of whatever technique was being thrown, and the Turtle actors were just as visibly impaired with their giant reptile heads.

 

During the cuts, a few of the Foot would run around and get hit again. In one instance, Pesina was taken down four different times in the same fight.

 

"It was a bloody mess," he admitted.

 

But the fighting didn't end when the cameras stopped rolling. On the first day that Vanilla Ice showed up on set, Michelan Sisti, the actor who played Michaelangelo, went up to the rapper to give him a hug and welcome him aboard. That's when Ice's large bodyguard coldly stiff armed him—even with the full Turtle suit on.

 

About 18 of the actors nearby, including Pesina, stepped forward to pounce until Pat Johnson, the stunt coordinator, who used to work under Chuck Norris (and was the mustached ref in The Karate Kid), stopped them from brawling right then and there.

 

"[Vanilla Ice's] bodyguards almost got their butt kicked," Pesina laughed.

 

This item was obtained directly from Daniel Pesina, who played one of the Foot Soldiers in the movie and starred in the Mortal Kombat games as Johnny Cage, Scorpion, and Sub-Zero.

costume: collector:
category: original / screen-used
type: costumes/wardrobe
celebrity: Daniel Pesina (5)
movie: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 (1991)
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