For three years in the early '90s kids everywhere were all about the gang of spandex clad superheroes known as Power Rangers. They were Mighty, Morphin and spent their days blasting bad guys using awesome assault machines called Zords.
And, as it's soon to be rebooted for the big screen (scheduled for release in 2017), let's take a look at the most insane trivia from this campy childhood franchise.
1. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was censored in Malaysia
The country was undergoing an anti-drugs push, and felt 'Morphin' sounded too close to 'morphine'! The word was cut from every episode.
2. A Power Rangers actor murdered two people
Skylar Deleon - who appeared in the MMPR episode 'Second Chance' - killed couple Thomas and Jackie Hawks, throwing them overboard a boat for financial gain.
3. Breaking Bad's Walter White was in MMPR!
Brain Cranston a.k.a Heisenberg...was originally Snizard.
Cranston later said in a Reddit AMA,
“Someone once told me they named the Blue Power Ranger after me, his last name was Cranston. I found out years later that was true.”
4. Only one guy is in all 155 episodes...and he isn't a Ranger!
It was Richard Steven Horvitz - Alpha 5.
5. Former Red Power Ranger, Ricardo Medina, Jr. murdered his roommate!
In 2015, Medina was arrested after he allegedly stabbed his flatmate, Joshua Sutter, in the stomach with a sword. He later died from his injuries and Medina now faces a possible life sentence.
6. The Power Rangers credits were TOTALLY different in Italy...
Doesn't quite have the same ring to it, right?
7. The theme song was inspired by 'Inspector Gadget'
Composer Ron Wasserman told Complex,
“They said, 'If you can, use the word go,' and the reason being that they had such success 15 years prior with Inspector Gadget with ‘Go Gadget Go. I think they considered it a lucky word. The next day, Fox heard it and loved it, and then the show took off. I ended up working on that show day and night, and became the go-to-guy.”
8. They choreographed their own fight scenes
MMPR wasn't like being on a film set where you have weeks to perfect a properly choreographed fight scene - no, instead actors were hired based on their ability to bust superheroesque moves with little direction.
Walter Emanuel Jones a.k.a Zack Taylor revealed,
“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?’ And so I got 15 minutes, 20 minutes, a half hour, to figure out what I wanted to do. They give me a couple putties ... It was all really improvised and choreographed spontaneously.”
9. And did their own stunts!
Talking to Sharon Osborne, Amy Jo Johnson a.k.a Kimberly Hart said,
“It was fun, but it was a non-union show, so I had to do a lot of the stunts, and the helmet had three holes in it, so it was hard to breathe. They would hang me over fire pits and things; it was very dangerous ... We did a lot of very scary things.”
10. But their payment left a lot to be desired.
Despite being dangled over fire and choreographing their own fight sequences the Power Rangers received a surprisingly low level of pay - around $600 a week! According to original Red Ranger Austin St. John, they may as well have been working a fast food joint.
“I could have worked the window at McDonald's and probably made the same money the first season. It was disappointing, it was frustrating, it made a lot of us angry … We had a lot of fun. We worked around the damn clock. We worked long, long hard hours on a non-union show. And we'll just never be paid what we should have been paid.”