‘Power Rangers’: RJ Cyler On Respectfully Portraying Billy’s Autism

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The new Power Rangers film will reboot the popular franchise and offer a more grounded take on the team of heroes. In addition to a darker tone and retooled costume designs, the film appears to be attempting to portray a more realistic and diverse team of characters. In an interview with Screen Rant, actor RJ Cyler, who will portray Billy, a.k.a. the Blue Ranger, discussed his approach to portraying Billy’s autism.

Cyler discussed the importance of including a character with autism and the responsibility of portraying the character with respect.

“I actually sat down and shut my mouth and actually just listened and you know, accepted every bit of information with no judgement… I knew that it was my job to show, you know, that people that are on the spectrum are just regular people, literally, just how we talk, how me and Becky [Becky G, Yellow Ranger] talk, they feel the same way, they have the same emotions, they wanna be loved, that want people to love, they want relationships they want, you know, connections, and it’s just like I was really excited to be able to play that ’cause I know it means so much to so many people, ’cause all of us are affected by it… and it’s something I feel like we needed to have in this movie to be honest.

While fans may be anxious to see how the new Power Rangers adapts the franchise that many grew up watching, the fact that the filmmakers and cast have attempted to portray a diverse group of characters with respect is admirable. Regardless of how the film turns out, I’m hoping that these portrayals will turn out to be as respectful as the team behind the film hopes.

Source: Screen Rant

‘Power Rangers’: New PCS Collectible Showcases White Ranger

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Power RangersWith the upcoming release of Saban’s Power Rangers reboot, it seems that Pop Culture Shock Toys is capitalizing on it, seeing as they have revealed a life size bust of the White Ranger.

Tommy Oliver, the man who played the White Ranger in the original series, began his character as the villainous Green Ranger, under the control of Rita Repulsa. As his powers faded away, he came face to face with his actions and felt a great sense of remorse. As time passed, he became the White Ranger, a figure of hope and good.

The president of PCS had this to say regarding the statue.

“Having worked on the original series, Power Rangers is a property I’ve wanted to return to for a long time. Now that we have this chance, we’re excited to produce the most show accurate Rangers possible, using original props from the show to ensure a level of authenticity that will make these collectibles the cornerstone of any Ranger fans collection”

Revealed via Toy News International, the statue stands at a gargantuan 25 inches tall, and recreates the upper torso and helmet of the character, which also has the ranger’s custom morpher at the bottom. If that version doesn’t interest you, fans can opt for an even more exclusive version which features LED lights at the base. However, there are only 200 units for that version. Both statues retail for a whopping $999.99.

You can check out the photos of the bust above by clicking NEXT.

The story follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it’s too late, band together as the Power Rangers.

You can pre-order the bust here.

Directed by Dean Israelite, the film stars Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G, Ludi Lin, Bill Hader, Bryan Cranston, and Elizabeth Banks.

Power Rangers hits cinemas on March 24th.

Source: Toy News International 

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Sebastian Peris

Sebastian Peris

Canadian film buff, political junkie, comic book geek and board game enthusiast.