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  • Executive Meddling: The original screenplay for the film was more faithful to the game, in that it had graphic violence and strong language making it a R rated script. However, the deal that the producers had with New Line Cinema included that they deliver a PG-13 movie to keep the film accessible to the target audience (mostly teenagers).
  • Fake Nationality:
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    • Japanese-born Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Chinese-born sorcerer Shang Tsung.
    • Australian (actually English) 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.
  • He Also Did: Francois Petit, who plays Sub-Zero and does all of his gymnastic stunts etc, was also a legendary Back-Alley Doctor/chiropractor of sorts who would work with WWE after this movie, and fix wrestlers up after matches if they injured themselves. Stories of his alleged antics include popping the shoulder of Mick Foley back in after his first fall in the infamous King of the Ring Hell in a Cell match, and doing open heart surgery with his bare hands; according to Vince Russo he was also once in a drag-race with Warren Beatty.
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  • Multiple Languages, Same Voice Actor: Christopher Lambert dubbed himself for the French release.
  • No Stunt Double: The actors did their own stunts.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Christopher Lambert is an avid gamer in real life.
  • Release Date Change: The film was originally due for a May 1995 release, but was pushed to August after test screening audiences loved what they saw, but thought there weren't enough fights.
  • 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:
    • Cameron Diaz was originally cast as Sonya. She broke her wrist before filming began and was replaced by Bridgette Wilson. Christina Applegate and Sharon Stone was also considered.
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    • 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. Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp were also considered.
    • 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.
    • Sean Connery was offered the role of Raiden, but he turned it down, as he wasn't interested in doing a physical role. He told the producers that he'd rather golf. Danny Glover was also considered.
    • A fight scene involving Sonya and Jade was cut from the script during production. It made the cut for the novelization, however.
    • Scorpion's death would also be different from the final form: instead of exploding after the shield toss, he falls off a platform and onto a spike, referencing the Pit stage fatality from MK. Ultimately, that death was repurposed to be used for Shang Tsung's.
    • Robin Shou said that in the original script he "was supposed to fall in love with Talisa Soto [Kitana]. I was looking forward to it, but they thought we have so much action, we don't want to add romance to it. They cut it out."
    • Scripted but not filmed was a scene where Shang Tsung allowed the "Kombatants" a night to bury Art Lean and mourn his loss. They buried him the Garden of Statues, underneath the statue of Kung Lao; this is the only place where Kung Lao appears in any of the movies.

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