Joseph Kahn's "not safe for work deboot" of the popular kids' show Power Rangers is a viral hit, but not everyone is pleased with the adult nature of the fan film. In a recent video on his Facebook fan page, actor and former Green Ranger Jason David Frank said that the cuss words and drugs don't "fly with me."
"Look, I know there's a lot of fans out there that love it and all that stuff, but I'm just a PG-13 guy," Frank said.
Power/Rangers, the deboot, features actors James Van Der Beek and Katee Sackhoff as the Red and Pink rangers, respectively. The short focuses on the death of several of the adult rangers and the hunt for Tommy Oliver — also known as the Green Ranger, whom Frank played in the TV show. Frank says he was approached to be in the film about a year ago, but declined.
"Everyone loves Power Rangers, but they're still connected with adults and kids," Frank said of the deboot. "The Super Mega Force and Power Rangers: Dino Charge are still on Nickelodeon. So you can't take a brand like this and reboot it so dark and gritty because you're not separating. The adults love it ... but then you've got to fall back to the kids. You still have the kids that want to watch Power Rangers."
"We have to be responsible and know that this still is a kid's brand."
You can watch Frank's full statement below.
Power/Rangers was released earlier this week via Vimeo; it has since been pulled down due to copyright claims from Saban Capital Group Power Rangers LLC, the company that owns the rights to Power Rangers.