Frank has recently returned from filming in New Zealand for the milestone “Power Rangers: Megaforce”, where he reprises his role Tommy Oliver. Despite fellow alum disassociating themselves from the show over the years, this actor is proud of his time and contributions he has made to the franchise. He contends he is the longest appearing character in the series, with more than 255 episodes and the two feature movies under his belt.
“There are people who have always supported the franchise, and I’ve done that since day one,” Frank said. “Numbers don’t lie. Look at my numbers on Facebook and look at the other ones. There is a lot of jealousy going on and people who have moved on with their life…I make it clear to everybody that this is not my job, as conventions is a hobby for me. I have schools, a clothing line. I don’t need the money. Not to sound that way, but I don’t do it for the money. I do it for the fans.
“On the Power Rangers reunion, it’s nothing about the money for me. I told the fans when this came out that I would do it for free. Did I do it for free? No, but I would have. I told Saban that is one of the reasons why I led the whole 20th year cast’s epic battle. They knew my fans mean a lot to me. Green Ranger is Green Ranger and returns on that show as the Green Ranger.”
The Tommy character has donned other colors including the fan-favorite white uniform, but green has remained the most endearing.
“The Green Ranger has become this world icon like in Hot Topic and everywhere and anywhere you go,” Frank said. “Out of all the other rangers I played it was always green, and I’ve been embracing it for the fans. You look at some of my behind the scenes footage 20 years ago you’ll see me looking into the camera going, ‘Green! Green! Green!’ You’ll see me joking around with all the kids in behind the scenes bloopers, but I’m still like that. I think its cool people have an outlet. I’m not ashamed to embrace it.
“The last show I was at I was told by people that they were abused or this or that and how we got them through life. A couple of people who worked the show told me they weren’t really fans of Power Rangers, but after seeing how I was with the fans and hearing the stories they now became fans. It’s a life-changing experience for people, and I embrace that story.
“I meet a lot of celebrities who I look up to, and when I talk to them, it’s like they end up shattering my dreams. They say things like, ‘Don’t talk to me about that movie? That movie is garbage.’ I never wanted to be that way to my fans. I think it’s important. A lot of people may be like, ‘How can shows change your life?’ It’s like a song. Music changes people’s life. You can hear a song and think, ‘Wow that song reminds me of the time I fell in love or broke up.’
“It brings you back 20 years ago. I meet people who are 28 to 30, and my fan base ranges now from three years old on up to 55 or 60 because of ‘Dino Thunder’, Disney and Netflix and everything else…I never look at myself as a celebrity, and I look at a fan as a fan. I’m a fan of theirs. Their stories pick me up and keep me motivated. It’s a two-way street.”