How to become a Power Ranger
THE RED BULLETIN: How does one become a Power Ranger?
JASON DAVID FRANK: I was 18 when I got the audition. It was the perfect role: a teenager who knew karate. I did martial arts and won a lot, so I had this mindset of, “Hey, I’m going to treat this like a tournament.” The next day, I was booked as the Green Ranger. I was hired for 10 episodes [from 1993], but ended up part of the show for years.
You’re a skydiver, a MMA fighter, and a seventh-dan black belt in karate. Does that help?
For action, yes – filming a fight scene is easy for me; real fights are a lot harder. Skydiving and martial arts teach you to relax and manage pressure, too. You don’t crack, you become a diamond.
What was it like being a Power Ranger at the show’s peak?
I look back now and think what a big achievement. We were the number one kids’ show in the world. This was before Google, Facebook, Instagram – we’re talking old-fashioned interviews written on a typewriter. It was like being in a rock band. I remember going to Hawaii and there were thousands of people at the airport.
I looked at Dave Yost (Blue Ranger) and said, “Who are all these people here for?” He said, “Us.” At a show in Florida, we needed a police escort to get through the crowds. It was amazing.
How do you feel about the new film? Are you involved?
I feel great. I’m always part of the franchise. I know all the people involved: the producers, the actors. I feel honoured – and old. As far as whether I’m involved, you’ll have to wait until March to see.
What advice do you have for the new cast?
Don’t try to duplicate the characters, because there’s nothing better than the originals. Yes, you’re using the names and the concept, but bring yourself to the film. And if you’re playing me, you better kick butt!
BACK TO LIFE
Power Rangers isn’t the only past hit returning to screens this year…
The Robin Williams classic gets a hip new look as an action-comedy with teens sucked into the mysterious board game. Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan star in what looks like a cross between the 1995 original and Avatar.
Tales From The Crypt
The creepy late ’80s/early ’90s TV horror series returns with The Sixth Sense director M Night Shyamalan at the helm. Little is yet known about the 10-episode revamp, but expect stories with a shocking twist.
At one point in the ’90s, this swimsuited US drama series starring Pamela Anderson was reportedly watched by a billion people worldwide. The cast of the revival includes Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson (again) and True Detective’s Alexandra Daddario.