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The Real Green Power Ranger Doesn’t Approve of That Gritty Fan Film

Do you think he'd say he was... repulsa'd by it?


The people behind the Power/Rangers fan film are probably a lot more concerned with the opinions of Saban’s lawyers right now, but those who didn’t like the movie just got some much better company: original Green Ranger Jason David Frank isn’t having any of it.

On his public Facebook page, Frank posted a video in response to fans asking him whether he knew about director Joseph Kahn’s dark new take on the franchise and his beloved Green Ranger. Frank explained that he’d actually been offered the role of Tommy (the Green Ranger) in the film and turned it down, and his distaste for the movie has nothing to do with being green with jealousy. Frank said,

I know there’s a lot of fans out there that love it and all that stuff, but I’m just a PG-13 guy. The cuss words, the drugs, all this other stuff—it doesn’t fly with me.

Everybody loves Power Rangers; I get it. The problem is that they’re still connected with adults and kids. The Super Megaforce and Power Ranges Dino Charge are still on Nickelodeon, and so you can’t take a brand like this and reboot it so dark and gritty.

The opinion isn’t entirely surprising considering Frank was on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in an era when the relatively wholesome super hero show was blamed for all kinds of bad behavior by children. He did go on to mention that he’d totally be down for an appearance in more official projects with a more friendly tone, if that’s something anyone would be into, Lionsgate.

Then he added, “And stay in school, kids! Knowledge is power! The power is yours!” And flew away on his Tigerzord. …What? Is that not how everyone else saw it?

(via CBR, image via greyloch)

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