The New 'Power Rangers' Is Bryan Cranston's Return To The Mighty Morphin Franchise

Actor Bryan Cranston - who turns 61 today - will star as the talking head Zordon next week when the Power Rangers reboot opens in theaters across America. But it's not the first time that he's appeared in the superhero franchise. Cranston was actually on two episodes of the 'Mighty Morphin Power Rangers' TV show back in the 90s. If you don't recognize him as any of the characters, that's because you didn't see his face.

Long before Cranston won multiple Emmy Awards for portraying Walter White on 'Breaking Bad', Cranston was a struggling actor who seemed up for just about any part he could get. So when Saban Entertainment offered him the chance to voice some of the show's monsters - the sort of rubber-suit creatures that were a staple in Godzilla movies - Cranston jumped at the chance.

His two roles on the show include the giant snake Snizard.

And the mirror menace known as Twin Man.

Some actors would probably take the paycheck for these sorts of roles and hope to never discuss them again. But Cranston has spoken glowingly of his time on the show.

"I don't remember any of the characters I did," Cranston admitted in a 2016 interview with Entertainment Weekly. "I did several of them. And I would be called in all the time. I was grateful to have a job. It was a great training program. Here you are in front of the microphone. You're trying to convey a character that you have to give all of the emotion because it's a masked, costumed thing."

But he couldn't help but cringe when he heard a clip of his younger self voicing the monsters. "I don't think I've ever heard that. And - please God - I don't want to ever hear it again."

And he wasn't initially onboard with returning to the show to play Zordon. But one of the film's producers convinced him by promising that the latest 'Power Rangers' movie would be as different from the show as Christopher Nolan's gritty Batman trilogy differed from the campy 1960s show starring Adam West (Batusi, anyone?)

Take a look at the latest trailer and see if you're convinced:


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