FIVE MIN­UTES ALONE WITH... JA­SON DAVID FRANK

AS PART OF OUR 90S SPE­CIAL, WE TALK TO THE GREEN RANGER HIM­SELF ABOUT ART, MMA AND HEAVY FUCKING METAL

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Revelation - WORDS: STEPHEN HILL

SO, HOW WERE THE 90S FOR YOU?

“Well, it was a lot dif­fer­ent to how it is these days! We were the num­ber one kids show with­out so­cial me­dia, with­out Google. Work­ing in the 90s, you could fo­cus more on your art with­out be­ing in­ter­rupted. Now it’s about how many num­bers you have, but back then it was more, ‘Think it, ink it’, get it down on pa­per and re­ally ex­plore the lim­its of your ideas. We had a lit­tle bit more pri­vate time to con­sider the things we made.” “The first day on set! I was hired mid-Sea­son One, so things were al­ready kick­ing off and I was the new kid on the block… not the singers. Ha ha ha! I just re­mem­ber com­ing on the set and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing it in the same way a singer would go­ing on­stage for the first time: the lights, the peo­ple, the cam­eras, that was a real mo­ment for me to re­alise that, ‘This is the big time!’ No­body knew The Green Ranger at that point, but I was ready to make his­tory.” through the grunge scene, gang­ster rap­pers had to work the me­dia, and some­times the me­dia wouldn’t catch up to some­thing un­til a week later! Quentin Tarantino was do­ing the same, shop­ping his scripts around.

It was harder to get your mes­sage out there. I re­mem­ber watch­ing Sys­tem Of A Down back in the 90s when they were try­ing to come up, go­ing to The Roxy and giv­ing out their 8-track! Same for the guys in Korn, too. We met some of the rap­pers back then as well; me and my friend Dave [Yost], who played the Blue Ranger, met the guys in Outkast and they gave us their lit­tle cas­sette tape! Peo­ple were do­ing it the old fash­ioned way: through hard work and hus­tling.” “Me and my brother liked kind of the same thing, but he went a lit­tle fur­ther to the metal stuff and I went a lit­tle fur­ther to the rap stuff. I loved the con­tro­versy from both those scenes. So we’d jam Ozzy Os­bourne, Beastie Boys, Nir­vana… I was big-time into 2-Pac and NWA, and my brother was into Twisted Sis­ter and all the heavy metal bands. It’s crazy, be­cause I see those guys at Comic-Con all the time now!” guy and you get a bunch of guys in dif­fer­ent colours fight­ing these big mon­sters? Kids are go­ing to love that. Kids love cheese, and karate is so cool to watch, too. I’ve al­ways been loyal to the brand, but I had no idea that we’d be sit­ting here 25 years later talk­ing about it. But my phi­los­o­phy has al­ways been, ‘Work hard to­day and you’ll have a bet­ter to­mor­row.’” “We went to Hawaii early on ,and I was like, ‘Are The Bea­tles here or some­thing?’, be­cause there were, like, 5,000 kids there wait­ing to speak to us and have us sign stuff. It’s kind of the same for me now at Comic-Con… ex­cept the kids are much big­ger!”

“I have a karate school called Ris­ing Sun Karate, and I have other Mixed Mar­tial Arts schools as well. I’m work­ing on three other shows – one of them is from the 90s! It’s called Valiant Comics, and I’m play­ing a char­ac­ter called Blood­shot from the 1992 comic that we’re re­viv­ing. It’s called Nin­jak Vs. The Valiant Uni­verse.”

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