Here we are again with our SECOND Q&A!
This time, I had the honor of corresponding with none other than Kerrigan Mahan, who you may, most notably, know as the voice of Goldar, Rita Repulsa’s right-hand henchman who had the power to single-handedly keep the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers at bay. He’s also the voice of the first Magna Defender from Power Rangers Lost Galaxy. On top of that, he’s also voiced a handful of Monsters of the Day throughout multiple Power Rangers seasons.
Mr. Mahan has had roles both on-screen and off for a long time, having credits in shows like The District, T.J. Hooker, Robotech: The Movie, Initial D, and he even voiced my personal favorite character in Macron 1, Scott Cutter.
Anyway, without further ado, Let’s Questions! ———————————————————————————————
- First of all, thank you very much for your time to answer this handful of questions!
- What were you doing before you decided to audition for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers?
I never really auditioned for the role of Goldar, it was kind of handed to me by Tony Oliver… nobody knew at the time Goldar was a major player, but Tony knew I could put a big, scary voice on this “gold guy.” The rest is history…
As to what I was doing some directing for Saban, other voiceovers, commercials, promos, trailers, et al… always considering resurrecting my on-camera career, which I finally did just last year, playing an evangelist in a small movie being released in February 2014, entitled, “Angels in Stardust.” My clip can be seen on my YouTube page.
- I noticed that as time went on, Goldar’s voice changed ever so slightly. Was this due to the evolution of the character, personal preference, or was it voice direction?
Kind of a combo plate on this one. I needed to find a voice I could sustain better for preserving my voice for other work, the character had become more prominent, and the producers wanted a scarier sound… I went into my basement and perfected the voice that would go into infamy! Hahaha!
- Was there any difference between MMPR’s Goldar and Goldar as he was in the Power Rangers movie?
Well, yes and no… I think the character had already started to make the turn into more of a bumbling caricature in the show, and in the movie, they kind of made him all of the above, as it were… I love that I had the last line… Where the pig came from, I have no idea and I never met the actor who voiced him.
- You then went on (Power Rangers-wise) to voice the first Magna Defender in Lost Galaxy. Was there any difference preparation-wise to get into character?
Preparation wise, no… We never had any time for preparation for any character, really. We were hired because we were extremely quick studies and all of us had been acting long enough professionally, that we were accustomed to coming in cold, given a run down of the current storyline and character by Scott (Scott Page-Pagter, our director) and away we went. Magna was a very focused and intensely internal role and demanded to be underplayed, which hopefully I accomplished. One of the more challenging roles in my animation career. Very Clint Eastwood, tortured…
- On a personal level, which character was a more enjoyable experience; was it Goldar, the ever-powerful right hand warrior of Rita Repulsa; or was it Magna Defender, the brutish space hero with a chip on his shoulder? Or maybe it was Jeb the talking dog from VR Troopers? (I kid, I kid.)
Without wimping out on this question, I loved playing them all in very different ways. They were all demanding and don’t underestimate Jeb, who was basically playing Jack Nicholson, which is extremely animated and very focused energy. My favorite all-time animated role was in “Initial D,” playing the role of Bunta… too cool for school!
- Since Power Rangers, have you still been acting? Are there any projects that you can tell us about?
As I said, I’m doing more on-camera acting, with hopefully more to come… I hadn’t been on-camera in a decade and it was really fun and intense. I am also doing a lot of writing, and have two screenplays in development and a web series staring Adam West I’m trying to raise money to shoot. I also made, wrote and directed, a little movie with and for kids, last summer, entitled, “The Redemption of the Monster of Piedras Blancas.”
Finally, I/we (Barbara Goodson and Robert Axelrod), are launching a website this month called evilspacealiens.com, promoting selling custom ringtones, pictured autographs, and LIVE phone calls as our characters or as ourselves or both!
- Again, thank you so much. All of us here at The Monkie Grid appreciate the time you’ve taken to answer our questions!
My pleasure, enjoyed every word of it!
You can find Kerrigan’s extended credits listings and videos at: