Finally, Cranston gets to play the hero.
As Stephen Colbert remarked on The Late Show Monday, Bryan Cranston has an “extraordinary roster of work,” which includes voicing villains on the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers TV series from the 1990s. But now Cranston can play one of the heroes.
The actor walked onto the Late Show stage dressed as the Red Ranger, velcro helmet and all. “Well, I’ve always wanted to be a Ranger,” Cranston told Colbert.
Before he was known as Walter White on Breaking Bad and Hal on Malcolm in the Middle, Cranston voiced a number of the monsters on Power Rangers, including Snizard and Twin Man. “When the show first came over to the States from Japan, they had needed to dub it in English,” he told Colbert, “and I played a lot of the monsters ’cause even at 23, I think when I did it, my voice was rather low.”
But in the Power Rangers movie in theaters Friday, he plays Zordon, the Rangers’ wrangler. “I first severed a head, not my own,” he joked of his preparation for the role. “When I [performed as] just the head, I was nude. I have a nudity clause in every contract, but it’s the opposite of what you think,” he added. “I have to be naked all the time.”
Watch Cranston in the clip at the top.