If you've been paying attention to the world of TV and film, you'll notice one trend that's been ruling the day: nostalgia. And since returning to simpler times has proven extremely profitable, it seems like just about any property can be remade, rebooted, or given a sequel. This was certainly the case with Dean Israelite's Power Rangers, which brought the setting and characters from the classic kids show Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to the big screen for a modern audience. The film was much more realistic than the TV series, and now it turns out that one scene was deleted because it was too gory.
Actor Ludi Lin played Zack the Black Ranger in Power Rangers, and recently revealed how one scene got way too bloody for the film. Check it out.
I'll tell you about this scene that never made it into the Power Rangers movie because it was too violent... too bloody. It was a scene between me and Dacre [Montgomery], who plays the Red Ranger, and we had this massive fight because there is kind of a competition going on between us. That was a funny day. Power Rangers has been going on in Japan for more that 40 years. This is their baby. And they sent the original creator of the Power Rangers to our set for a visit with his whole entourage. They were watching us fight and in Japan in Power Rangers there is not really any blood, just lots of sparks. But that day we were going full out and kept on asking for more and more fake blood. A couple of times we accidentally clocked each other for real. So, we were bleeding for real and there was fake blood everywhere. The Japanese guys were shocked.
Well, this certainly doesn't sound like the mostly family friendly film that Power Rangers ultimately ended up becoming. So while the action sequence between Jason and Zack might have been a thrilling sequence, it makes sense that it ended up cut from the film.
Ludi Lin's comments to Kiss Radio highlighted how Power Rangers was actually quite different from the original show. The violence in the children's show was almost cartoonish, with large sparks indicating when either a villain or hero are hit. But the action sequence and violence in Power Rangers was far more serious, with Billy the Blue Ranger even briefly dying during the middle half of the film.
Jason and Zack's rivalry wasn't really a plot line in Power Rangers, which makes me think that a great deal of scenes were left on the cutting room floor. And with a sequel still not currently announced, it's unclear if we'll ever return to Dean Israelite's version of Angel Grove.