For many of us, it was a real head-scratcher when #BryanCranston decided that the next destination in his acclaimed career would be inside a janky old tube, but when you learn about his deep connection with the #PowerRangers franchise, it kind of makes sense.
In a brand spanking new interview with IGN, Cranston revealed why he agreed to play everyone's favorite disembodied head, Zordon, and it reveals a lot about the Breaking Bad star's loyalty to those who helped him out early on in his career.
When the 60-year-old was asked what it was about the role that drew him to the character, Cranston revealed that he's known the Power Rangers producer for over 35 years and that he was involved in the early series of the show after it it was exported from its native Japan:
"Haim Saban called. 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."
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As both Cranston's career and Power Rangers as an American export were in their infancy, Brian worked closely with Shaban as he voiced various live action monsters and the two became close enough for the blue ranger, Billy Cranston, to be named after the star.
Although Cranston enjoyed his Mighty Morphin' time in the infancy of his career, he was sceptical about rejoining the franchise until he read the script:
"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."
Perhaps surprisingly, especially considering the stellar shows Cranston's worked on in the past, the star was impressed with the writing and decided to jump into the tube as Zordon:
"I read it and went ‘You’re right,' 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."
So, if you were in camp WTF over Cranston's choice, hopefully things make a lot more sense now.
Were you surprised to hear that the Blue Ranger is named after Cranston?