Mortal Kombat's Lewis Tan "felt sick" seeing movie's fatalities

Hannah Bird
·2 min read
Photo credit: Mark Rogers - Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Mark Rogers - Warner Bros.

Mortal Kombat star Lewis Tan has spoken candidly about the "gruesome" fatalities in the movie, saying that one in particular left him feeling "pretty sick".

In conversation with Variety, he said: "They're pretty gruesome. I walked on set one day and I didn't know what was going on, and I accidentally walked into a post-fatality set and I felt pretty sick to my stomach.

"I was like, 'What the hell is this? What happened here?' It looked like somebody destroyed a buffet line, but there was no food."

Photo credit: Mark Rogers - Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Mark Rogers - Warner Bros.

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Tan went on to reveal that he thinks fans will be pleased the gruesome nature of the video games will be translated on the big screen.

"That was one thing for sure that the director was adamant on. He was like, 'This is going to be hard R. Try not to make it NC-17, but let's take it all the way up until that point.' And that's what we did.

"But I think he did it really tastefully. He didn't just try to be super gory and crazy. I'm not into all that, but I think if you're going to do Mortal Kombat correctly, you've got to have it.

Photo credit: Mark Rogers - Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Mark Rogers - Warner Bros.

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Praising director Simon McQuoid's approach to the movie, he added the difference to the first movie is that it's "grander and more powerful and darker with the fatalities, gore and blood that comes along with the game".

"We wanted to do it and do it well, and honor the legacy of the 20 years of this Mortal Kombat franchise and all the fans. I feel like we did that and more."

Mortal Kombat is due for release in the US on April 23 in cinemas and on HBO Max. Its UK release date has not yet been confirmed.

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