Mother nature's original design can eat a fat one, as far as we're concerned.
But even staged violence can cause injuries. Judith Hoag, who played April O'Neil, claimed in an interview with Variety that to make these hard-hitting scenes, the studio hired a bunch of foreign, non-union stuntmen, seemingly so that they wouldn't have to provide compensation after they got the ever-loving crap beaten out of them:
"They had all these stunt people who came in from Hong Kong, who had no union protections. They were getting hurt. As soon as they were injured, they were shipped out of there. It was not the safest set to be on."
We should point out that she's the only one who's made this claim so explicitly, though there are some scraps of supporting evidence. There's a bit on the film's IMDB's trivia page about actor/stuntman Ernie Reyes being brought on board to replace a Hong Kong guy who'd been mangled during his scenes as Donatello. And the film was produced by Golden Harvest, a Hong Kong production company known for its martial arts films and, uh, casual approach to stuntman safety. So it's certainly plausible. Golden Harvest's ability to cheaply use Chinese stuntmen seemed to be a big appeal for them when they decided to green-light the thing.
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Also, none of the pizzas survived the filming.
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