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Power Rangers Movie Cast Interviews

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With the film’s highly anticipated release approaching, Lionsgate’s final marketing push for the Power Rangers movie has begun!

Today, a host of media outlets had the opportunity to host interviews and online chats with the film’s cast (including ComicBook, Fandango, Fandom, ScreenRant, ComicBook Resources, Entertainment Weekly, and Tumblr).

Among the highlights were some deep lines in the film, some entertaining stories from the set, and Ludi’s desire to team up with…the Teletubbies? Recap all the answers from today’s media day below!

And stay with Power Rangers NOW for all the latest updates on the Power Rangers movie, which hits theaters on March 24!

Becky G. (Yellow Ranger)

How does it feel to have a toy based off you, voice included, on shelves?
It’s crazy! It’s so exciting and surreal.

What does a Power Ranger want on their pizza?
Good question. We all have different tastes. I think Trini is a regular, pepperoni pizza kind of girl – with some hot sauce.

What was the first thing you wanted to do when you put on your Yellow Ranger suit?
Honestly, I was starving. All I wanted to do was eat! The fitting took forever!

If you could crossover with any movie franchise, which would it be?
Food Network!

If you could be a real Power Ranger for a day, what would you do?
I’d just want to help people in need. Supply safety for people, we’re in a lot of need for that.

In what ways do you relate to Trini?
She’s very independent, a tough cookie.

What’s your favorite line from the movie?
“Are we friends, or are we Power Rangers?”

Who was your favorite Power Ranger growing up?
The Yellow Ranger.

What would you want most for your character in a future movie?
I’d want Trini to be Billy’s wing man.

What was your favorite scene to shoot?
One of my favorite scenes was our first battle, which we weren’t prepared for.

If you had an animal to be your sidekick, which animal would it be?
A saber-toothed tiger.

What’s your favorite meme?
Kermit sipping the tea.

How does bringing back everyone’s childhood feel?
It’s exciting. What’s special about this movie is that it brings back that feeling when you first watched Power Rangers, except with new characters.

Did you get any inspiration from the original TV series when deciding your character’s role or attitude?
I think we all made the conscious decision not to, and instead use what we remember.

What was the best part of shooting this movie?
That we got to meet each other. We made a real family out of all of this. There’s honestly not a day that went by that I didn’t miss this group. I was shooting for another movie, and I missed them! It was tough. You spend 4-5 months with a group of people every single day, you go through the high’s and low’s (which were very low). I think there’s a lot of casts out there that don’t have that.

How hard is it to see through your Power Rangers suit helmet?
Our masks had fans in them to blow air, but some weren’t working. So it got really hot.

RJ Cyler (Blue Ranger)

There’s a lot of super-teams in pop culture. What makes the Power Rangers unique?
What makes the Power Rangers special is the fact that everyone can relate to them in some way. This movie will show that everyone is a hero!

What was it like going from Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl to Power Rangers?
It was very new, but both were very fun!

How does your version of Billy differ from David Yost’s version?
The only difference would be the approach on the character. But Billy is still caring and whole-hearted.

Did you watch Power Rangers as a kid? If so, what as your favorite season?
I’m mostly a fan of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Movie, because that’s what my brothers and I would watch. Lots of bonding time over that movie!

What’s your favorite thing to do when not filming?
DJ.

What’s your favorite line from the movie?
“It’s morphin time!”

Who was your favorite Power Ranger growing up?
The Red or Blue Ranger. Those are my favorite colors.

What would you want most of your character in a future movie?
I’d want Billy to have a love life.

What was your favorite scene to shoot?
When I would get blown up, and our director would ask if I was alright after every take.

If you had an animal to be your sidekick, which animal would it be?
A moose.

Did you get any inspiration from the original TV series when deciding your character’s role or attitude?
Nope!

Does this movie have any cheesy one-liners?
“This is your destiny.”

How hard is it to see through your Power Rangers suit helmet?
You could see through it, unless it got really foggy.

Dacre Montgomery (Red Ranger)

What was it like putting on the Red Ranger suit for the first time?
It was incredible, and stepping into some big shoes. I do not take the responsibility lightly.

Who was the biggest jokester on set?
I think it was a combination of myself and RJ. Together, we would get goofy.

If you had to switch to another Zord, which would you choose?
Probably Kimberly’s Pterodactyl, because I’d love to fly.

How similar are you to Jason, and did that factor into accepting the role?
I think we’re similar in many ways. He’s seeking a relationship with teens in the other social groups at school.

What are you most excited for fans to see when they finally see the movie?
Something new, bold, fun, and inspiring. It’s a superhero movie with real heart.

Did you get to keep any cool mementos from the set?
I got to keep the slip from my chair with my name on it.

What’s your favorite line from the movie?
“Slow your roll, partner.”

Who was your favorite Power Ranger growing up?
The Red Ranger.

What would you want most of your character in a future movie?
I’d want Jason to have two swords, just like Resident Evil.

What was your favorite scene to shoot?
Supposedly at the end of the film, we were sitting on top of a hill and it overlooked the mountains, and the sun was setting. And we just looked into the distance while a drone was shooting us.

What was your favorite movie you’ve seen recently?
Get Out.

How does bringing back everyone’s childhood feel?
It’s a huge responsibility, and honor!

How does it feel to act in a green screen studio, fighting through the air?
It’s fun! So much imagination!

Naomi Scott (Pink Ranger)

Did the Power Rangers script evolve during development?
It definitely evolved. We all worked together as a team, and our director was open to having fun and experimenting with scenes!

What was your favorite thing about becoming Kimberly?
My favorite thing to do as Kimberly was getting to cut my hair on screen!

How does your take on Kimberly compare to Amy Jo Johnson’s version from the 1990’s?
Amy Jo was a badass with gymnastics! Me, not so much.

Which cast member was most funny on set?
We all had our moments! RJ is hilarious, and I know how to make Dacre laugh. Becky and I laughed at ourselves a lot too.

How long does it to take to put on the Pink Ranger suit? Can you move in it?
It takes a village! Girls, you know at the end of the day when you take your bra off? That’s how it feels to take it off.

If you had to play a different character in the movie, who would it be? Why?
Rita Repulsa! I want that staff.

What was your inspiration for playing Kimberly?
I honestly just built the character from what was in the script and then put my own take on it.

How do you think the Power Rangers would stack up against the Avengers or Justice League?
I can’t judge because I haven’t seen those movies! However, I’m liking the look of Wonder Woman. She’s fierce.

What’s the most important message from the Power Rangers movie?
Diversity only makes us stronger, so embrace it!

How are you and Kimberly alike or different?
I’m more of a tomboy. But she’s also quite self assured, as am I.

What’s your favorite thing to do when not filming?
Sleep. On set, we’d also hang out loads, and sometimes RJ would come to my house and sleep on my couch. Becky and I would have sleepovers and watch Bend It Like Beckham.

Who was your favorite Power Ranger growing up?
I didn’t watch the shows, but the Red Ranger was my favorite. And I always love being the center of attention, and the Red Power Ranger always was.

What is the meaning of life?
Ludi’s muscles.

What would you want most of your character in a future movie?
I’d want Kimberly to not have a love life.

What was your favorite scene to shoot?
In a classroom scene, one of the stunt doubles was sliding down the stairs, it was really technical. And every time he would get to the end, he would tumble forward. We couldn’t stop laughing.

If you had an animal to be your sidekick, which animal would it be?
A lion, as long as it’s nice and wouldn’t eat me.

Did you get any inspiration from the original TV series when deciding your character’s role or attitude?
I purposely didn’t delve into it because I wanted a fresh take on it.

Does this movie have any cheesy one-liners?
“We’re all screw-ups!”

How does it feel to act in a green screen studio, fighting through the air?
Dacre had said one day “Let’s imagine that there’s dragons everywhere!”. So from them on, we always pretended there were dragons!

Ludi Lin (Black Ranger)

What did you do to get yourself in the mindset of becoming a superhero?
I just tried to channel how I felt, and how every kid out there feels when they look out and hope for a better world.

How much martial arts did the cast have to learn for their roles?
Everyday we had to change and adapt to new fights. It was superhero training for real!

Were you a fan Power Rangers growing up? Which seasons did you watch?
I ran home after school to watch the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. It’s the only thing that could get me up on Saturdays.

If you could crossover with any other franchise, what would it be?
Teletubbies! Justice League would be wicked as well!

Do you feel you can pave the way for more Asian superheroes?
All Asians can pave the way! Let’s all speak out, represent ourselves, and be heroes!

Which Power Rangers character are you most similar to?
Zack. I really left a piece of myself with him.

Who was your favorite Power Rangers growing up?
The Yellow Ranger.

What would you want most of your character in a future movie?
I’d want Zack to have a death side, that splits into two death sides.

What was your favorite scene to shoot?
The scene where we hopped over the 50 meter cliff.

If you had an animal to be your sidekick, which animal would it be?
RJ, he’s a manimal.

How hard is it to see through your Power Rangers suit helmet?
It wasn’t hard to see through, but definitely hard to pee through.

Talk about Zack.
Zack is a complicated character, which is what I’m proud of. It’s not just an Asian caricature. He’s a kid who acts out a lot by chasing crazy stunts. But he’s also sensitive inside. He’s got a complicated relationship with his mom, his friends, and his enemies.

Which was more surreal: hearing you were cast, or seeing yourself in the first trailer?
Well, in the first trailer you don’t see me much. I was only on top of a train. So I thank the fans for asking “Why don’t we see Zack in the first trailer”? But the entire experience was surreal. Any time an actor gets cast, it’s a surreal experience.

What is it like to put the Power Rangers suit on?
The concept of the suit is that it comes from within you, and you need to earn it. There’s a line in the film that says “You need to shed the mask, before you can don the armor”. It’s a deep line. But putting the suit on is a complicated process. It’s grueling and takes about 2 hours. It takes about 4 people to help put the suit on. And the suit falls apart by the end of the shoot due to all the action.

What’s a Power Rangers’ favorite pizza topping?
Olives.

Did you have to get fit for the movie, or were you into fitness before the film?
I like moving around and training. I love exercise and eating healthy. But I’d love to do a role one day where I put on a lot of weight.

Which martial arts styles do you practice?
I love Muay Thai, and Jiu Jitsu. But I find movie action to be more like dancing.

What was it like working with Bryan Cranston?
Bryan Cranston actually didn’t join the cast until most of the filming has completed. So throughout filming, we had a voiceover actor playing both Zordon and Alpha 5.

What was it like bonding with a cast with such different backgrounds?
We’re all group animals, we were meant to bond. So it was very easy to bond.

How’s the new Command Center?
It’s very green. From an actor’s perspective. It’s funny, because the movie operated under another name called Project Shirt. And while we portrayed characters like Zack in school, it didn’t truly feel like Power Rangers until we stepped onto the set of the Command Center.

If you had to switch places with another Ranger, who would it be?
I’d love to be Becky G. for a day. That girl is always off doing music videos and whatever.

If you could take something from the set, what would it be?
The Command Center.

What was it like working with Elizabeth Banks?
We felt her presence right off the bat. The first time I met her, she was in full costume, sucking my soul. It was an experience.

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  1. It seems like the cast were all over the place, even individual appeareances in NYC. Is their any way you can track them all down and put them in one place? Thanks

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