Jason David Frank famously played Tommy Oliver, the original Green Ranger in Saban’s Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. He also returned for a brief cameo in the new Power Rangers reboot film, along with his Mighty Morphin’ co-star Amy Jo Johnson. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Frank revealed that he and Johnson originally had a totally different cameo. He even grew out his classic Tommy locks for it.
“The first cameo we did was cut. Me and Amy were filming in the Krispy Kreme. I grew a ponytail out for that. I was thinking, ‘If I grow the ponytail out, I’ll shock the fans when they see me.’ We shot a scene there with Rita [Elizabeth Banks], and we were dressed in green and pink.”
Sadly, Frank’s hair was already chopped off by the time he was informed of the re-shoot. Luckily, Frank has stated that there is tons of behind-the-scenes footage of the original cameo. Hopefully it will become available on the Blu-Ray release, along with the full deleted cameo scene. In the meantime, you can check out a photo of Frank with the old Tommy hair below (along with Johnson and director Dean Isrealite), which he just posted on his official Facebook page.
Directed by Dean Israelite, Power Rangers stars Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G, Ludi Lin, Bill Hader, Bryan Cranston, and Elizabeth Banks.
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.
Power Rangers is now playing in theaters everywhere.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
‘Power Rangers’ Concept Art Reveals Alternate Red Ranger Designs
As with many reboots of beloved franchises, the latest Power Rangers film heavily redesigned the costumes of the titular heroes, resulting in a more alien and organic design to the outfits. Now conceptual artist Mauricio Ruiz has shared several illustrations of his early Red Ranger costume designs.
Posted to his ArtStation account, Ruiz commented on his intent with the designs.
This was a couple passes of the Red Ranger Suit. The goal was aiming for an organic motorcycle racing suit type of thickness and weight to the forms.
You can check out the first concept illustration below and click “Next” to continue the gallery!
What do you think of the early designs? Would you have preferred to see this look in the film or was the final design the right choice? Share your thoughts below!
Saban’s Power Rangers 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 discoverer they are the only ones who 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.
Directed by Dean Israelite, the film stars Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G, Ludi Lin, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Banks and Bill Hader.
Power Rangers is now playing in theaters!