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In attendance will be original Power Rangers Austin St. John (the Red . We were all pretty close, the original cast, none of us ever dated each. Austin, Thuy and Walter decided to go on strike for more money and less oppressive hours, believing that as half the cast of the most popular. Austin St. John news, gossip, photos of Austin St. John, biography, Austin St. John girlfriend list Relationship history. Austin St. John relationship list.
So, I considered myself their godfather on some level. We were really close and he would prank me all the time. Some of his pranks, they seem extreme, but they are funny. In terms of pranking him back, I don't think I ever did. But he was often the jokester on set for sure. I was definitely the youngest, so I had some foolish teenager moments where I'd be pulling shenanigans.
There might have been times i was making noise off set to try and distract them while they were shooting. Other times I'd do something foolish like throw a carrot over the top of the wall into where I knew they were actively shooting and I was just waiting to see what i could disrupt. Walter and I, we pranked one our production assistants by the name of Nick Kellis a lot. We were always getting at one other, somehow somewhere, cracking jokes or beating each other up in the hallway, playfully of course.
It was never sinister. It was just a big family so there was a lot of that stuff going on. Nick Kellis was a PA that worked on the show. He was just a poor guy trying to do his job coming to get us to take us to the set, and Austin and I would attack him in the hallway.
Not to hurt him, just playing. And he was an amazing wrestler, this guy, so there was just a lot of testosterone on the set. We'd just be like punching and little kicks, just tapping, nothing that was going to hurt anybody. He knew anytime he came to pick us up, it was coming. And it became a fun part of our day. Nick was a good sport for always playing a long with it, in fact we're all really good friends to this day. David Yost Facebook 5. The process to audition for "Power Rangers" was absolutely crazy.
To cast "Power Rangers," Saban held large, open casting calls where thousands of hopeful actors showed up. Members of the winning cast even just showed up on a lark, with Austin St.
John, in particular, attending the audition on a dare from a friend. Eventually the actors were whittled down until a few different teams of Power Rangers auditioned against each other. Notably the Black Ranger could have been a "Michael Jackson" type. Moonwalking around putties could have been a possibility.
Zordon could have had a crazier voice, although David Fielding's audition was just him versus one other actor. The cast that won originally had a different Yellow Ranger, with actress Audrey Dubois winning the role that would eventually go to Thuy Trang.
When Trang left the show along with St.
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When I was first auditioning I didn't know much about it. My friend was telling me you got to go audition, so I show up and there are thousands of people at this open call audition. And of course with that, I had to wait in line for quite a few hours.
So luckily for me there was a guy who knew all things Power Rangers in line a couple spaces a head of me. And he just basically was so geeked to be there, I just sat and listened to him all day talk about the show. So it gave me a good idea of what the show was. I had assumed it was going to be just another cattle call like everything else where you go and stand in a line with guys, read a couple lines and then go home and never hear anything.
And when I got to the offices of Saban in Burbank, California, I went up to the floor where they were having the audition and it was just me and this other guy in the waiting room.
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I thought, "Well, this is strange. He went in first and did his thing. About 20 to 25 minutes later, he came out and I went in and they had all the original cast and the director and the producers.
They had me stand on a table and read the lines. After I had gotten through the lines about handing the kids their powers and stuff, I remember Austin just turning to everybody and going, "I think we found our Zordon. Then I went home and like an hour and a half later I got a phone call saying I got the part. And how was standing on that table? It kind of made sense to me because I got the impression from reading the character description that he was supposed to be a larger than life figure and a mentor to these kids.
When I was in the other room going over the lines and overheard the other gentleman practicing his take on the voice, it was crazier than mine. The one that I used, that ended up being used in the show, was much more of a deeper tone. The idea that I had in my head at the time was that he was a very Zeus-like figure, but in a kindly way, not in a vengeful, god-like way.
Somebody that was going to be nurturing for these new superheroes. All of Zordon's footage was shot in one day over just a few hours. For budgetary reasons they never filmed the character again. They just reused the footage over and over.
And from a production standpoint, that is great. From an actor's standpoint They shaved all my hair off and glued my ears back. And used makeup to make my eyebrows stand out, and then painted the top half of my chest and shoulders green. I sat in front of a green screen while they filmed me because they were just going to use my head and that was it.
My recollection is that I was in the chair for three or four hours. Just going over the lines, doing it a number of times and also doing a number of pickups where they would just film my reactions: And if you watch the character in the show, his movements and his actions seem to be really sort of out of synch with everything.
I guess that was sort of their idea -- because the character was trapped in a time warp, in a time bubble, he was trying to communicate with everybody as best as he could. Courtesy of David Fielding. The Power Rangers would occasionally go to dance clubs after long days on set. Walter Jones was the best dancer. Although multiple Power Rangers talked about how exhausted they would be after filming all day and would often have to simply reset at home by watching television and falling asleep, occasionally the cast would go out on the town together.
The first season we'd go out to bars after work on Fridays.
Or we'd get dinner on Saturday nights and hang out at whatever the popular dance club was. Walter, hands down, is the best dancer, because he was a professional dancer.
Karan could dance, too. I'd probably come in third out of everybody as best dancer. If there was dancing to be had, I was probably the best dancer in the group. It's something that I've always done and a passion of mine.
Many of the Power Rangers were actually into martial arts and would create their own moves for fight scenes.
All of the actors were chosen for their Power Ranger roles because Saban thought they would be able to fight adequately on screen with little direction. To save money, many of the scenes were filmed quickly, which led to little notes as far as fighting and allowed the actors to kind of do their own thing. Walter Jones was given the direction to create a "hip-hop kido" from Saban, but what that meant day to day was mostly up to him.
It was [Saban's] idea of hip-hop combined with martial arts and dancing. It was something I had to go put some thought to and figure out why I was doing what I was doing and how it would be most effective. Taking a break-dance swipe move -- where you go and you do a flip towards the ground and use your feet to sweep the ground and the air -- is a way to effectively kick two or three people and come to the ground and sweep them.
But I'd have to come up with how would this work and how would it be applied. That was one of the funnest parts of the job for me, coming up with new ways to dance and fight at the same time.
The Power Rangers really didn't have much time to figure these fight sequences out. It wasn't like a film production where you get two weeks to do a fight and it's choreographed properly. It was like, "OK, so in the script today, you're going to be fighting in the park. Hey, how about you fight on this park bench, can you come up with something?
They give me a couple putties. So I put a putty here and I'll do this and he can swing at me and I'll jump down on the seat and do a spin, come back up and punch him. Drop him off, go back up, play like king of the mountain and have another putty come. I'll jump over him, I'll flip over this guy. It was all really improvised and choreographed spontaneously. Why did Zordon want "teenagers with attitude?
In the opening sequence [the line is something like] "Alpha, teleport to us teenagers with attitude. But I enjoyed the "teenagers with attitude. On one hand, every teenager has an attitude, because they're teenagers; on the other, I think what Zordon was talking about was that he wanted specific personalities to serve as the superheroes.
They would be not only capable, but also wouldn't back down. And I think that's an important message for young kids and teenagers: I think that's what it meant. David Yost was called homophobic slurs on set causing him to eventually quit the show and join a "pray the gay away" program. David Yost has said that he only missed one day on set over the seasons, but he eventually walked off the show due to years of apparent homophobia from producers and the crew.
Eventually, unbeknownst to the other Power Rangers and his close friends, Yost entered a "pray the gay away" program and then checked himself into a hospital. I was struggling with my sexuality for the majority of my life up to that point. People would say things and there were rumors about my sexuality on set.
Or people would make up lies about things I was doing and it would just become upsetting. Because I just wanted to go to work and do my job.
I didn't think it was anybody's business what I was doing in my personal life. I can honestly say I wasn't doing anything in my personal life. I wasn't dating anybody or any of that. I do know that a couple of my co-stars were questioned about my sexuality at one point and that was really upsetting to me. Yost initially tried a religious therapy, but eventually accepted himself.
I had just come to a point where I wasn't in a good place mentally. I just thought it was best that I walk away from the show, because I didn't want to be in an environment anymore that was adding to my stress and adding to me not liking myself.
So I left the show and I did try several things to correct being gay, if you will. I tried therapy and that was very unsuccessful and it caused me a lot of emotional stress, more emotional stress than I already had. I ended up having a nervous breakdown and had to check into the hospital for five weeks. After that I started getting my head back together and accepting myself for who I was. Accepting that I was a gay man and that was OK. David Yost Facebook For the most part, the Power Rangers were there for each other and had each other's backs.
All the Power Rangers I spoke to had fond memories of their cast mates. Whereas the Rita we all know and love was always an evil sorceress hellbent on conquering the universe, Witch Bandora turned evil due to a personal tragedy. To get her revenge, she sold her soul to Satan in order to gain magical powers and drive the dinosaurs to extinction.
As a result of her pact with the devil, all memories of her son have been wiped, like a warped version of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. However, Rita was nearly voiced by someone else entirely after Barbara was fired for not sounding scary enough. John talked about the insane work weeks they were put through during a HuffPo interview. We worked long, long hard hours on a non-union show. According to Amy Jo Johnsonshe and Thuy Trang had been having a sleepover and were called into work despite the quake.
Then a few years ago, he took offense to a comment ASJ made in a video taken at a convention. Some things never change.
David was interviewed by No Pink Spandex in about his experience on the show, including the reason he finally left. Without naming names, he goes into detail about the bullying and intimidation he received on a daily basis from crew members, producers, and potentially even certain members of the cast. This video in particular shows David becoming extremely serious and visibly upset when Jason David Frank comes near him. He also appears to be taunting David offscreen with a crew member.
A spotlight article on Saban in The New Yorker included many anecdotes from his friends and associates in the industry, including his former financial advisor, Matthew Krane. A Japanese stuntman from the series Tensou Sentai Goseiger, which Power Rangers Megaforce took footage from, used his skills for cat burgling after he left the show. The best part of this story is that Ihara had to retire from stunt work after injuring his knee.
Even better are the reports on how he intended to use the money. More on that in our 1 entry. Amy Jo Johnson has been particularly vocal about a number of times when she and other members of the cast nearly died from doing their own stunts, even mentioning it in an open letter she penned to Haim Saban in Variety. The second Power Rangers film, Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie was particularly dangerous, hanging AJJ over a volcano and using lights near water that could have electrocuted the cast.
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It wouldn't seem like such a big deal if most of the actors were in their seventies or eighties, but sadly, the majority died relatively young. As a result, some fans speculate that there's a Power Rangers curse, but there doesn't seem to be any sort of similarities in the deaths to warrant jumping to that kind of conclusion.
Perhaps the most well-known death is that of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers' Yellow Ranger, Thuy Trang, who died in a tragic car accident in at the age of Jason David Frank's older brother, Eric, who also played his brother on Power Rangers Zeo, also died the same year at the age of Two different actors grew up to become real-life murderers many years after their appearances.
One of the men, Skylar Deleon, was only an extra in a scene during Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, but apparently, that was his only claim to fame until he was arrested for murder. Deleon currently sits on death row for the murder of three people and has now transitioned to female since her sentence in While that character was a kind hearted animal lover, Medina Jr. Sadly, it seems he took the latter role to heart, since his murder weapon of choice was a sword he just happened to have in his apartment.