If you feel a twinge of familiarity while watching Tyler Perry ham it up as mad scientist Baxter Stockman in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, that's because he may remind you of another very real scientist, Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Granted, Stockman is way off his rocker, which makes him a great villain for the Ninja Turtles and one of the reasons he's appeared in everything from the comics to the animated series. And though Neil deGrasse Tyson is not a complete lunatic (we think), Perry tells Fandango that the famous scientist most certainly inspired him.

"He was a bit of my muse, I will tell you that much," Perry reveals. "[Tyson] is nowhere near this insane, diabolical madman I was doing, but he was definitely my muse as far as the brilliance of the man."

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Baxter Stockman briefly appears in the 2014 Ninja Turtles movie, but he's given a much bigger role here, with Perry putting his all into the scientist's wacky demeanor in a plot that sees him teaming with Shredder to open a portal so the villainous Kraang can come through and wreak havoc.

Let's just hope the real-life deGrasse Tyson never joins forces with a supervillain cause the results may not be too favorable for mankind. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows hits theaters June 3.