Monday, September 19, 2016

Bryan Cranston's Funny Take on the Gay Blue Power Ranger

Bryan Cranston and the Blue Ranger
Actor Bryan Cranston is known for his legendary performance on the series "Breaking Bad" after it earned him numerous awards in the process. Of course, Cranston wasn't always known for such dramatic, chilling work ... such as his comic performance on "Malcolm in the Middle." But are you aware that he was also part of the superhero series "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers?"

Cranston's Power Rangers past was brought several times already during interviews with folks like Jay Leno and Stephen Colbert. In in 2009, while interviewing Cranston and Vince Gilligan for "Breaking Bad's" second season, Eric Goldman asked Cranston about Power Rangers, after seeing the credit on IMDB.

This is his answer:

"One of my jobs as a young actor starting out was voiceover. I also did dubbing. A lot of dubbing and a lot of voiceover. So foreign films would come in and I'd go in. One of the places that did a lot of that was Saban Entertainment. And they would take movies and then cartoons from all over the world and we'd go and do the English dub. And the Power Rangers came in and I did some voices for that. I had already been there for a number of years, just as a freelance guy coming in and coming out. And it paid like US$ 50.00 an hour, which was fantastic. And you'd work two, three hours at least a day. So I had been there for awhile already and then the Power Rangers came in."
In the iterview, Cranston revealed an interesting trivia. He told Goldman that, "They actually named one of the Power Rangers after me. The Blue Power Ranger's last name is Cranston."

Yes, that's right, the reason the original Blue Ranger is named Billy Cranston is because of the man we'd come to know as Walter White and Heisenberg.

The amusing thing is that, Cranston is not really impressed by the character. "He's the fey one, that's the problem," he added.

David Yost, who came out as gay in 2010, played the original blue ranger in the 1993 "Power Rangers" series as well as the feature film, which was released in 1995.

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