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A third Mortal Kombat film was going to be developed, called "Mortal Kombat: Devastation". Christopher Lambert was cast as Lord Rayden, Linden Ashby as Johnny Cage, Adoni Maropis as Quan Chi, Robin Shou as Liu Kang, Chris Casamassa as Scorpion, Keith Cooke as Sub-Zero, and Lynn 'Red' Williams as Jax. Talisa Soto and Sandra Hess were in talks to reprise their respective roles of Princess Kitana and Lt. Sonya Blade. The plans fell through, and the film rights went to Warner Bros., who released a reboot film on April 23, 2021.
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Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon hated the film.
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Linden Ashby was asked to return as Johnny Cage, but turned it down after reading the script.
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Ray Park's first film role was as Rayden's fight double in this movie.
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In a 20th anniversary Q&A for the first movie, Robin Shou and director Paul W.S. Anderson expressed their dislike for this film.
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Michael Jai White was scheduled to play as Jax, but eventually he got the lead part in Spawn (1997) instead. He would eventually portray Jax in Mortal Kombat: Rebirth (2010) and Mortal Kombat: Legacy (2011).
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For years, a third Mortal Kombat movie was being developed by New Line Cinema to atone for the poor reception to "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation." mink was hired to direct, and then Russell Mulcahy was hired to replace him. Sean Catherine Derek and Lawrence Kasanoff took turns writing the script, which would have had Johnny Cage resurrected to help the heroes against Quan Chi and a resurrected Shang Tsung. However, according to cast member Chris Casamassa, who would have reprised his role as Scorpion, production was halted when Hurricane Katrina destroyed most of the sets and the film ultimately never happened.
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In the film, Jax fitted his arms with "muscle enhancers"; essentially a sort of exoskeleton that quadrupled his muscle capacity. However in the storyline for Mortal Kombat 3 (1995) (One of the shared premises for this film) Jax had his actual arms removed and fitted himself with the bionic arms.
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Kabal and Stryker are video game combatants and are mentioned by name, but never made a physical appearance.
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Robin Shou (Liu Kang) and Talisa Soto (Kitana) are the only actors from the first film to reprise their roles. The other main characters are portrayed by different actors. The only other actor to return was Keith Cooke, but as a different character. In the first film, he was Reptile. Here, he portrays Sub-Zero.
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Tony Jaa doubled for Robin Shou in quite a few stunt sequences.
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Quan Chi was going to appear in the climax of Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, but his scenes were cut from the final print. He still appears in some posters and international versions of the movie on laserdisc and DVD.
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Bridgette Wilson-Sampras was offered to reprise the role of Sonya Blade, but then turned it down for the role of Sarah Michelle Gellar's sister in I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997).
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Paul W.S. Anderson was offered to return for this film, but he chose to work on Event Horizon (1997) instead. He later expressed his dislike for the film and regret that he chose not to be involved in it. It was one of the reasons that he remained involved in the making of the sequels to Resident Evil (2002), as a way of "stay[ing] with the franchise and shepherd it".
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Nightwolf was described in the shooting script and movie novelization as wearing a Stone Temple Pilots T-shirt and a pair of Oakley sunglasses, which was ultimately aborted in favor of his in-game outfit.
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Both Deron McBee (Motaro) and Lynn 'Red' Williams (Jax) are former American Gladiators (1989), and they have a fight scene in this film together.
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Though Musetta Vander and Talisa Soto play mother (Sindel) and daughter (Kitana) respectively, in the real life the actresses are only four years apart in age.
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Chris Casamassa was to reprise his role as Scorpion, but he was committed to do stunt work in Batman & Robin (1997).
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Lynn 'Red' Williams replaced Gregory McKinney as Jax due to McKinney's health problems. McKinney eventually died in 1998.
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The storyline for the Mortal Kombat 3 video game is the basis for this movie
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During a 20th anniversary screening of the film, Robin Shou revealed that due to a tight budget and shooting schedule, and also because he was pulling double duties as leading man and martial arts choreographer, he was unable to be on set to supervise the fight between Sub Zero and Scorpion and as a result was supposed to be very different rhythmically. Same for the fight scene between Liu Kang and Baraka, where Shou was doubled by Tony Jaa for the majority of the sequence because he was off shooting other scenes simultaneously.
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Dana Hee, who plays Mileena, was Kitana's stunt double in the previous film. In the game's storyline, Mileena is actually a clone of Kitana raised as her sister.
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In the initial Mortal Kombat storyline for the games, Noob Saibot is actually the original Sub-Zero and the popular titular character is the younger brother of the former. With the appearance of Noob in this film, keeping with the storyline would mean that he is in fact the same Sub-Zero that Liu Kang defeated in the first film.
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Thuy Trang, best known for playing Trini Kwan, the yellow ranger in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers auditioned for Jade but was turned down.
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Christopher Lambert declined to return as Raiden because he didn't like the script.
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J.J. Perry revealed that he had filmed his fight as Scorpion with Keith Cooke as Sub-Zero on an injured ankle that he had sustained after stepping on a power cable during the shooting of his fight scene with Lynn Williams as Jax, due to the helmet he wore as part of his Cyrax costume having robbed him of his peripheral vision. During Cyrax's fight with Jax, Perry added that he and Williams "really beat the piss out of each other."
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Although popular characters from the video games, like Mileena and Noob Saibot appear in the film, they are never mentioned by name.
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If adding up all back-flips, front-flips, and side-flips together there are a total of 54 of them present in the film.
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MKA often finds itself part of many top ten worst films of all time lists. (Mainstream/Hollywood movies)
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Sektor did not appear in the film, which instead saw Smoke utilizing his chest missiles during a fight scene with Liu Kang.
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Irina Pantaeva told Femme Fatales magazine in a 1997 interview, "I loved my character so much that I [could] not get away from her."
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(at around 1h 13 mins) Ermac (the Red Ninja) is able to summon the shadow fighter Noob Saibot. According to the video game storyline, Ermac was created by Shao Kahn as an amalgamation of the souls of fallen warriors. (Which could explain how he summoned Noob Saibot) Ermac however, was one of the deadliest fighters in the MK universe; able to battle 5 strong warriors such as Johnny Cage, Kitana, Jax, Sonya Blade and Kung Lao all at once and reach a standstill. (If his characteristics on film had stayed true to the character's inception, his fight with Sonya would have been very brief.)
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Due to scheduling and money various of the actors and stuntmen had to do several roles. Examples are Ray Park who did two roles (Raptor, Tarkatan) and stunt work, J.J. Perry who did two roles (Scorpion, Cyrax) and stunt work and Dennis Keiffer, John Medlen, Dana Hee, Tyrone C. Wiggins, Keith Cooke and Ridley Tsui who all had a credited acting part and a stunt credit.
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Sindel's "that was fun" quote came from her Friendship in MK3.
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The red ninja, Ermac, is played by the film's stunt coordinator, John Medlen.
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Directorial debut of John R. Leonetti, who was the cinematographer of Mortal Kombat (1995). This film's cinematographer is Matthew F. Leonetti, his older brother.
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Irina Pantaeva made her English-language film debut while having no martial arts experience, underwent six months' training prior to shooting "so that my character would grow into a powerful and sexy warrior." The fight scene was shot in Thailand in a single take, and Pantaeva had enjoyed the experience to the extent that she successfully asked director John R. Leonetti to do a second take.
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James Remar apparently auditioned for Rayden. Christopher Lambert was apparently interested in reprising Rayden but was committed to Beowulf (1999) at the time. Apparently.
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(at around 10 mins) The song playing while Kitana and Liu Kang are traveling through the tunnels is titled "Anomaly (Calling Your Name)", performed by Libra Presents Taylor also the song Jim Levenstein strips to in American Pie (1999).
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The film was never screened for critics prior to theatrical release.
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Sylvester Stallone reportedly turned down the role of Baraka.
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Chosen by WatchMojo.com as the worst film of the 1990's.
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In both Mortal Kombat movies, Johnny Cage's sunglasses break. Goro crushes the first set, and in the second movie, his second set break when trying to do a shadow kick against Khan.
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Talisa Soto (Princess Kitana) and Sandra Hess (Lt. Sonya Blade) both share a birthday (March 27) one year apart.
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Talisa Soto has learn Brazilian stick fighting for the use of fans.
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In the shooting script and novelization, Sheeva is killed following an extensive fight scene with Raiden, but the scene was never filmed, with Raiden instead fighting two Raptors and Sheeva being crushed by a falling cage. Her only action sequence is a brief quarrel with Motaro, though the film acknowledges her then-current role in the games as Sindel's personal protector.
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James Remar, who plays Rayden, is left-handed, as is his stunt double Ray Park.
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In an early script for the movie, Smoke was supposed to aid Mileena in the attempt to assassinate Sonya.
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Kerri Hoskins who play Sonya Blade in Mortal Kombat 3 (1995), Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (1995), Mortal Kombat Trilogy (1996) and Mortal Kombat 4 (1997) had too auditioned for the role of Sonya but did not "make the last cut of three girls" due to having no acting experience.
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John R. Leonetti won't direct a another movie till 9 years later with The Butterfly Effect 2 (2006).
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Pat E. Johnson, the stunt choreographer on Mortal Kombat (1995) recommended Chris Conrad as Linden Ashby's replacement of Johnny Cage to the producers.
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Featured in Rob Hill's The Bad Movie Bible.
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Sonya Blade actress Sandra Hess is 2 years older than Johnny Cage actor Chris Conrad. It would later followed by Jeri Ryan of Mortal Kombat: Rebirth (2010) and Mortal Kombat: Legacy (2011) who's 12 years older than Matt Mullins.
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In Germany, the film is unnecessarily released from the age of 18, although the American one received PG-13 .
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Not unlike how Francois Petit got the role of Subzero in the first MK movie, Ridley Tsui was hired to work behind the scenes as an action coordinator. Due to not finding a suitable actor / stunt man for the role of Smoke, Tsui took on the role himself.
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Salt was used to create the impression of a snow covered bridge for the Scorpion vs Subzero fight.
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Director John R. Leonetti worked with future Mortal Kombat (2021) producer James Wan on the horror film Annabelle (2014) where Leonetti directed and Wan produced.
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It was decided that no romance was going to be added or used in the first MK film. BUT, if you pay close attention in the second MK film; during the travel sphere scene when Liu Kang, Robin Shou & Kitana, Talisa Soto must use they're bodies to maneuver the sphere while holding on to it. At one point during the scene, Talisa Soto tells Robin Shou to hold on to her, which he does; and you can see a faint smile on Kitana's face. Giving the impression that she is attracted to Liu Kang.
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Swiss actress Sandra Hess is the first non-American actress to played Sonya Blade.
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Sektor doesn't appear in the movie.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Sheeva was meant to play a larger role in the film, even to the point of early scripts having a two-on-one fight of her versus Liu Kang and Rayden. However, budget limitations meant it would be prohibitively expensive to have a long fight-scene involving her, due to the amount of prosthetics and CGI needed to portray the character's extra limbs. Her role was cut down to a few brief scenes and lines, and her fight-scene was hastily changed to her death-scene instead.
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Liu Kang's animality is to change into a dragon during the final kombat against Khan. Liu Kang changing into a dragon and biting off the top half of the opponent's body is one of his finishing moves in Mortal Kombat II (1993).
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