You know him as the voice of Goldar from Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, the original Magna Defender from Power Rangers Lost Galaxy, and from his long resume of other cartoons and animes; he is Kerrigan Mahan. Ranger Central had the opportunity to swap words with Goldar himself, and go over some of his most favorite memories and newest projects.
Ranger Central: Throughout your time with Power Rangers, you’ve voiced Goldar, the original Magna Defender Ranger, and plenty of other characters in Power Rangers lore, but throughout all your time on the show, what is your fondest Power Rangers memory?
Kerrigan Mahan: Fondest memory was an evening in Palm Springs, having dinner in an Italian restaurant with my wife and another couple. Gigi, the better half of the other couple insisted I do the voice of Goldar right there in the restaurant. I told her she was insane, I would be thrown out. About twenty kids were having a birthday party a couple tables over with all their rich moms in attendance. Gigi wouldn’t let up, so I called the waiter over and told him to go tell the head honcho, ringleader birthday boy, to point me out and say to him, “That’s Goldar.” The waiter seemed confused by this, so I told him again exactly what to do. “Just lean down, whisper in his ear and point over at me and simply say, ‘That’s Goldar.’ ”
Well, as I’m sure you can imagine, we all watched the waiter proceed to do as I told him, the blond kid intently listened to the waiter’s two words and snapped his head up, as the waiter pointed at me. The kid glared at me, sizing me up, with seamless, myriad expressions that read distrust, confusion, accusation and fear, all in a moment of a few beats. He then reported in with his cronies, all getting the information and all weighing in on the situation like businessmen in a conference over a hostile takeover. It was so awesome to watch them checking, commenting to each other with multiple opinions of what was what, constantly checking me out in the process.
At this point I said to Gigi… “Okay, here we go”… I whipped out of my chair, threw open my arms and howled, “YES, EMPRESS, CAN’T YOU LEAVE ME ALONE FOR ONE SOLITARY MINUTE, I’M HAVING DINNER WITH FRIENDS!!!…
…OMG, the only regret I have is that somebody didn’t have a 35mm camera with motor drive to catch all of the insane shrieks and expressions on their 11 year-old faces. Truly a sight to behold. To put it succinctly, they were totally fucking blown away. If a 11 year-olds could have heart attacks, I could have caused one. Not to mention the total disbelief on the mothers part.
End of story, I went over to the table, met them all, answered all their questions, never ate my own dinner, got all their addresses from the moms and sent them all 8X10 photos of Goldar, personally autographed. Truly one of my all time favorite moments in my life.
RC: Any regrets from your time on Power Rangers?
KM: I have no regrets whatsoever about doing the show, save the non-union issue, which is a whole chapter in and of itself, which I am not at the liberty to get into.
RC: Would you ever return to Power Rangers, if the opportunity presented itself?
KM: Yes, I would return. I would welcome the invitation.
RC: You’ve voiced tons of anime characters and superheroes and villains, but as a voice actor, what would your dream role be? If you could cast yourself as any classic literary character, or pop culture icon, or self created character, what would it be?
KM: Well, two roles that I played, the political radio jock, P.J. Hawks on “The District,” and The Attack Beast on the short-lived “Team Knight Rider,” would actually come pretty close. As to something more high-brow, if you will, it’s a great question, that I have never really thought about. I think it is most fun to do a character that is multi-layered, where you have the opportunity to act and play to a rainbow of emotion. This is very rare, because so many characters in VO have a tendency to be one-note, so you are challenged as an actor to bring more to the character. I would love to do something really out there, like Marquis de Sade, or something where the character can go from madness to melancholy, to God knows where. Shakespeare would work, too, I suppose. God, to not have to memorize lines was always my goal!
RC: Recently you’ve created a web series called “The Bangors” with Adam West. Tell us more about what exactly “The Bangors” is.
KM: As to “The Bangors,” the website, wwwthebangors.com pretty much gives the show’s breakdown. We are in the process of raising the funding to shoot the first season, consisting of ten, five to twelve minute scripts, which my writing partner and I have written. From there we will cast the show, and shoot over the course of a couple of weeks. It’s quite darkly funny, and hopefully will be on the internet very soon. There’s a fun surprise in the cast, too, for Power Rangers’ fans… Nope, not gonna tell ya… mums the word.
RC: What was it like working with Adam West?
KM: Haven’t worked with Adam, yet, but have met and spoken, and he loves the show, and he is very cool.
RC: Throughout your long and illustrious career, what is your proudest or most favorite experience?
KM: As to proudest/most favorite experience. Probably a few of those.
Playing Scrooge in junior high, receiving a standing ovation and four curtain calls.
Playing Charlie Brown that same year, winning first place for best comedy scene in The Fall Festival, beating out 46 other schools, and winning the Sweepstakes award for most wins of all scenes, for Orville Wright Junior High School, a record that was never broken!
Winning Best Actor award at Westchester High School.
Directing and producing “Matty, An Evening with Christy Mathewson,” Off-Broadway.
And ad-libbing, lip-syncing a Japanese extra in a movie that was wondering through a hotel as if he were a tour guide of sorts. The action made no sense at all and went on for two minutes. I somehow made it make sense and nailed it in one take. The ADR stage went up in applause.
No, really, have been so many fun and wonderful moments, as there have been many angry, stupid, and frustrating moments, as in any profession. But, the bottom line, or that other over-used expression, at the end of the day, I’ve had a wonderful time doing what I have been fortunate enough to do. Illustrious… I am most honored and flattered.
RC: Any words for all your fans out there?
KM: As to the fans… love you guys. Without you, there’s no me… As they say for luck before an actor hits the stage, break a leg and have as much fun as you all can in this wild and crazy life!
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