Mortal Kombat star Lewis Tan takes a look at who should play Johnny Cage, teases risky scene into a handful of revenge
If there’s an extended director’s cut, I’d watch a three-hour version, no problem.
Even in the opening scene, I fought two and a half rounds with Ian. And there was only one U-turn that made the movie. There’s a ton of stuff in there that was like, oh man, we fought to the death. He couldn’t walk after this fight. He didn’t have to act after that, and I had to go finish the movie. So I hope this stuff happens, because I have the scars to prove it.
Did you get the idea to cast some of the more ridiculous aspects of the franchise in the movie, like Babality and Friendships? Have we ever talked about or played with it?
No no. I think we’re trying to create a tone for the film that hasn’t been done before. And that’s a very difficult tone to balance, namely the fantastic elements, the mythology and also the foundation, courage and brutality of it. And that kind of stuff just didn’t really fit. I mean, look, if we shoot three or four of these movies, maybe we can find a place for them. But especially for the former, because the former is sort of a setup, what could that big reboot be. And so, I think we don’t want to, you know, go there again, but that doesn’t mean it’s not off the table.
You are all these talented, nasty martial artists. If there was a weird real-life meta-storyline and the cast were actually to go for a real tournament, who would you be the most intimidated against?
Well, Joe Taslim, of course, is. I mean, it’s Olympic judo. And we fought in the movie, and he’s really strong, and he’s really fast. And I love this guy to death. So I would hate to fight him, because we just have such a great bond. But I would like to train with Joe. It would be fun. And then Max Huang. Max Huang is a truly amazing martial artist on Jackie Chan’s stunt team. And he’s incredibly fast and his kicks are incredibly strong. We also fought. And it was like, okay. So yes, those two would in my opinion be the ones I would like to challenge for sure.
Hardcore fans know this isn’t your first time venturing into the MK universe. You played Kung Jin in “Mortal Kombat: Generations”, which I guess is a scrapped project. Can you tell us about that? Will he ever see the light of day?
Now that’s funny. A lot of people don’t know this, which is a really cool little Easter egg. But basically, yeah, a long time ago, I don’t know how long it was – that was before I did “Into the Badlands” – I got that part, and they were like “Mortal Kombat” . And Garrett Warren, who is the action director for “Logan” called me up and he said, “I have this role for you. Kung Jin. Look at him.” And I was like, “Well, Garrett Warren is awesome. So I want to work with him, and obviously ‘Mortal Kombat’.” I didn’t know the character of Kung Jin, to be honest with you. I didn’t know too much about him. So I had to look for it and find it. And when I did, I was like, “Yeah, that’s really cool.”
I manage to get on, and Julia Roberts’ brother is there, Eric Roberts. And we were rehearsing those scenes, where I’m like lost in the woods, trying to find my way. These were shorter. It was a short web series. So it wasn’t going to be those huge long episodes. I think they were 15 or 20 minutes long. And then I have this crazy fight scene, and I was looking forward to it. So we filmed everything. It looked really cool. And I had a photo or two on set, which I took myself, and I’ve never seen the final product until now. And I even called Garrett Warren about it. He said, “I don’t know where it is, man.” So, I don’t know what happened to him. I know they shot other stuff as well. I don’t know what happened to all of these images. Maybe it will also stand out in this special function. But that was so long ago. It’s very interesting. So, this is actually my second time to do “Mortal Kombat”.