Bryan Cranston shares about his take on Zordon and how the upcoming Power Rangers movie is more grounded compared to the original TV versions. Cranston, whose current movies include Why Him? and The Infiltrator, recently had an interview with IGN.
While promoting season 2 of the animated series SuperMansion, Bryan Cranston imparted some of his time in talking about the new Power Rangers film. Cranston plays Zordon, the floating head who hails from Eltar and is responsible for creating the Power Rangers. Being asked of how his take on Zordon would be like, Cranston replied:
He is a frustrated mentor of these kids. They’re not advancing as I’d hoped. Some of them are not taking this seriously, the responsibility that has been placed upon them or that they have been chosen for. And yet, you’re a mentor. It’s almost like being a coach. You want to break down the individuality of them so that they can grow as a team.
When asked as to why he agreed to be a part of the reboot, he said that he used to work for Haim Saban, producer and co-creator of the Power Rangers.
I know Haim and 35 years ago I was doing voice overs when I was first starting out and I would do it when they were dubbing into English and they had to change everything. I went in and did a bunch of different voices. I was 23 or 24. I wasn’t doing younger voices obviously. I did a lot of villains and ‘You shall pay for that!’ It was fun. And I was glad to have the job. I was learning a lot.
The Breaking Bad star admitted that he was a bit hesitant to take part in the project. He perhaps thought that the reboot would be, like its prior versions, cartoonish and exaggerated.
I thought, ‘Power Rangers? It’s kind of the [1960s] Batman television show – Pow! Zing! Whap!’ And I had a phone call with the director and he said, ‘Think of it this way… Like Batman came from TV and became a completely different animal in the movies, so too is it here. We’re going to take this and revamp it and it’s going to be grounded and real.’ And I thought ‘Okay, with that, let me read it.’
In the end, Cranston believes this reboot brings a fresh take on the kids and is a good “bookend” to his previous work as being a voice actor.
The kids sound like real kids and not everyone is this great athlete and everything is working out. I thought, ‘This might be a nice bookend to what I was doing before,’ since I started out doing voices.
Power Rangers‘ morphin time is set on March 24, 2017.