Trivia / Mortal Kombat

The series as a whole

The series as a whole named the following tropes:

The first film

For stuff belonging to Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, head this way.

  • Actor Allusion:
    • This isn't the first time that Christopher Lambert played an immortal.
    • Chris Cassamassa and Hakim Alston were already fighters in a TV show.
  • Fake Nationality:
    • Japanese-born Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Chinese-born sorcerer Shang Tsung.
    • Australian Trevor Goddard as the Japanese-American Kano, who ended up being such a popular example that the developers of Mortal Kombat officially changed Kano's nationality to follow suit.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The fight scene between Reptile and Liu Kang was added after test audiences were dissatisfied with the other fights in the movie. Linden Ashby wasn't on the set when the scene was filmed.
  • Throw It In: Liu Kang was supposed to duplicate the acrobatic flips of Sub Zero's down the ramp during the fight, but Robin Shou couldn't pull it off successfully. After a few takes, instead of the acrobatics, he just ran down into the ramp yelling like a maniac. That's the shot that got used.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Jason Scott Lee, Phillip Rhee, and Russell Wong auditioned for the role of Liu Kang. Robin Shou got the role.
    • Cameron Diaz was originally cast as Sonya. She broke her wrist before filming began and was replaced by Bridgette Wilson.
    • Brandon Lee, son of Bruce Lee, was set to play Johnny Cage. After his untimely death, the role was given to Linden Ashby.
    • Michael Jai White was slated to play the role of Jax. Ultimately, he left in order to do Tyson. He would eventually end up portraying Jax in Mortal Kombat: Rebirth and Mortal Kombat: Legacy.
    • Jean-Claude Van Damme turned down the role of Johnny to do Street Fighter.
    • Steven Spielberg was supposed to make a cameo appearance in the movie. However, due to scheduling conflicts, he backed out. The director in Johnny's first scene bears a pretty good resemblance to Spielberg, making it pretty obvious where the cameo was supposed to take place.


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