While much has been written about Mortal Kombat‘s original development team, the actors playing the likes of Sonya Blade, Liu Kang and Scorpion have been left out of the limelight. Hoping to rectify this as Mortal Kombat celebrates its 25th anniversary, USGamer tracked down the original Mortal Kombat cast to find out how a group of friends from Chicago came to work on the industry-changing fighting game.
Working out of an athletics club in Chicago, the Mortal Kombat cast was a mix of fitness instructors, stunt coordinators and film extras based in the Windy City. According to Elizabeth Malecki, the original Sonya Blade, many of Mortal Kombat‘s special moves were dreamed up on set — with Scorpion’s famous “Get Over Here!” being ad-libbed by Kano actor Richard Divizio. Thinking up moves and fatalities were a collaborative effort, with actors getting inspiration from films like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Jason and the Argonauts.
The whole feature is worth a read, as it covers the cast’s reaction to Mortal Kombat’s runaway success, how they cast certain characters as well as their lives after Mortal Kombat. As a little fun fact, Sub-Zero’s costume was actually a size too small for actor Dan Pesina, meaning it had to be held together by pins during later parts of production.