What you may not know is that Cameron Diaz was originally cast in the role of Sonya, and even trained but broke her wrist right before shooting began and had to be replaced. Basically, she pulled a Sean Young in BATMAN. But she was an unknown up-and-coming young actress and was chosen simply from seeing dailies of her scenes in THE MASK which had yet to even be released.
Before going with Christopher Lambert as Raiden, they had another Highlander in mind for the part - Sean Connery! Who was apparently more interested in playing golf at the time. Before that, another name bandied about by the New Line brass to play the thunder God was.....Danny Glover?
Ultimately it was decided that he was too old for this shit.
Punches, kicks, hits to the face and other parts of the body was no fakery.
Director Paul W.S. Anderson had a system to describe each fight as a "1-3 rib" fight, defining how many ribs got broken. The Liu Kang vs. Reptile fight was definitely a 3-rib fight, if not more. But Robin Shou declined to notify the filmmakers of his injuries and continued to shoot the rest of the fight sequence, fearing that a visit to the hospital would shut down production of the movie and that his dream of becoming a movie star in America would come crashing down! In his fight with Chris Cassamassa(Scorpion), Linden Ashby got kicked in the kidneys so hard he ended up peeing blood.
While Bridgette Wilson was in talks to play Sonya, she went off to film BILLY MADISON and thought she had lost the part. On her last day of filming MADISON, Wilson got the call asking if she still wanted the part of Sonya Blade and they flew her out the next morning to start filming.
Despite the articulation, there were still problems with lip-synching the puppet's mouth to some of the dialogue. Digital CGI FX were used on the puppet lips to help in these instances.
However, when word got back to Christopher Lambert about this he said F that, and traveled to Thailand on his dime to shoot the scenes himself. He truly believed in the potential of the movie and thought this move could only improve upon it. When the shoot finished in Thailand, he also paid for the wrap party himself!
Aside from bringing back Kano's metal head plate look, these kids were solely responsible for Johnny Cage's nut punch to Goro. After looking at the concept designs for Goro, they wondered what kind of balls this 4-armed monster might possess? After struggling with how to have Johnny defeat Goro and originally planning a pretty standard fight sequence between the two, Kasanoff thought about it and well...problem solved.
Nevertheless the filmmakers were adamant about not depicting many of the more colorful fatalities from the game, because they would have been too OTT for the type of film they were making. Citing other horror movies in which you could see the same kind of cheap slasher deaths 'n such, instead of splattering the screen with bloody guts galore they opted rather to convey the essence of the MORTAL KOMBAT game through innovative visual FX, impressive fight choreography and creating a real mood & atmosphere.
A mythological, dark fantasy kung-fu martial arts FX extravaganza that would entertain both video game fans and casual moviegoers alike.
With the exception of Robin Shou, none of the other actors were expert martial artists and had to train to make it look as if they were.
He made this pitch to 2 big record companies, both of whom promptly kicked them out of a deal. Sony had made the suggestion of using Buckethead, who would become involved with the score, but Virgin Records wanted Janet Jackson on the album! With no record deal in place it meant no guaranteed money, but New Line backed the decision to release a soundtrack and so Kasanoff went with a little no-name record company. The soundtrack would become the first EDM record ablum to go platinum.
The Hollywood debut of Paul W.S. Anderson, who got the gig after the producers had seen his previous indie UK film effort SHOPPING starring Jude Law and Sean Bean. His impressive art direction and fresh, visual style was thought an ideal choice to bring this kinetic fighting game to life.
During the film's theatrical NA release, fearing a huge BO failure Anderson decided to spend the weekend in Hawaii with his GF. When he read in the paper that MORTAL KOMBAT had opened in the No. 1 spot, Anderson instantly regretted not being in LA to bask in the success of his big Hollywood directorial debut. It remained in the top spot for 3 weeks straight.
Anderson declined to come back for the sequel, opting for something much different and chose to do EVENT HORIZON instead. He had since regretted not doing the 2nd MK movie and decided that if he ever got involved with another big franchise, he'd stick with it so as not to miss another opportunity to craft an expansive cinematic world. Thusly, he has given us 5 RESIDENT EVIL movie adaptations.....soon to be 6.