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Power Rangers' David Yost Describes The One Uncomfortable Part Of The Costume

The childhood dream of becoming a member of the "Power Rangers" squad may not be all it's cracked up to be, and the comfort level of the costumes could be the biggest reason for that. For "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" star David Yost, who portrayed Billy Cranston on the original iteration of the legendary children's show, there's one particular part of the outfit that took the proverbial cake in terms of uncomfortableness: The Power Rangers helmet.

"The suits were sort of like wearing pajamas," Yost told Entertainment Weekly in a 2018 interview. "The uncomfortable part was the helmet. You can't breathe, you can't see, your ears are often getting pinched in the sides of the helmet. But in the end, you look cool, you look like a superhero, so you gotta suck it up and take the good with the bad. Because at the end of the day, you're a superhero and how could you go wrong being a superhero?"

While it definitely doesn't sound like the most comfortable of situations when it comes to filming episodes, it sounds like it was worth it for Yost in the end, given the type of role he got to play. But even beyond that fact, Yost is also proud of the legacy that he and "Power Rangers" has created, especially in the way that it inspired young fans.

Yost is proud that Billy inspired kids

During the interview with Entertainment Weekly, David Yost expanded on the legacy of "Power Rangers" and just how much the character of Billy inspired young fans to pursue careers they otherwise might not have. For him, it's the biggest testament to the show's enduring popularity.

"Because I played the nerdy smart guy, I have fans tell me, 'I went into science,'" Yost said. "'I'm a computer IT person.' 'I'm a doctor.' I have one fan that's a paleontologist, which I find fascinating, all because of Billy." Yost also revealed that even certain elements of his personal life, such as being gay, have also led to some wholesome fan moments. "And now that I've come out as a gay person, every day I get messages from gay people around the world that tell me, 'Thank you for coming out and sharing your story because your story helped me come out," he continued. "I'm able to share your story with my family and help them understand what you went through is what I'm going through. And so, thank you.' It's amazing."

So, really, at the end of the day, the benefits seem to outweigh the cost of an uncomfortable helmet for Yost. Which certainly tracks with the actor's actions of late. Hardcore fans already likely know that Yost appeared in the Netflix web special "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always" with a few other notable "Power Rangers" stars. And Yost himself hopes it leads to more opportunities to keep playing Billy.