Austin St. John Talks About How His Parents Influenced Jason from POWER RANGERS

ComicBook caught up with Austin St. John at San Diego Comic-Con and they had an interesting interview. During the interview, there are three things that I took away. First, you can go to St. John’s website for awesome merchandise as well as news. Second, he based his classic Power Rangers character, Jason Lee Scott, on his kick-butt parents! Third, if the script was right (and he trusts Amy Jo Johnson and David Yost to do it right) he would do a Power Rangers reunion film. Going back to that second point though, in the interview he was asked how he created such an iconic Ranger and St. John took a minute to go into great detail of how he got inspiration from his parents.

Walk softly and carry a big stick. I modeled the character after my mom and dad. My mom was one of the, well she was the first female cop in the state of New Mexico in the 70s. It was either the state or the city of Roswell, but I mean it was the 70s, where her own police brothers and...well they were all brothers at the time, one of them tried to have her killed because she wore a skirt and wanted a badge and a gun. So my mom was and is a tough lady, but she knows how to be a lady.”

My father, a Mustang in the Marine Corps which means he was enlisted, got out, went to college, and came back as an officer, so he’s exceptionally respected because he understands what enlisted men go through and he’s still an officer. He was the kind of guy that would walk into the room and was very soft-spoken, but when he walked into the room people shut up and heads turned and they paid attention.

So he never had to command that sort of attention, and neither did my mother. They were always just respected, and I think that’s what I wanted for Jason. I wanted him to let his team have all the light and glory they needed, and only step forward when he had to. He wasn’t a guy who wanted to be a leader. He wasn’t a guy who saw himself as the great. He wasn’t a showboat. He wasn’t flashy or fancy, he was a guy that needed to be there when it hit the fan.

So I think humility, respect for his teammates, and I guess always looking to do what’s right, no matter how hard it is, and it’s easier kind of said than done, but that is what I tried for anyway and I hope it worked. It’s something I’ve carried through with my real life despite a few colossal mistakes I think I’ve done a pretty good job.

Those are some pretty awesome parents and great inspiration for any leader character. You can watch the full interview at the link above.