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'Mortal Kombat': Untold Story of the Movie That "Kicked the Hell" Out of Everyone
Older article but I found it interesting.

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He'd previously worked with James Cameron, turning Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) into a merchandising phenomenon worth millions. Among its crowning achievements was the T2 arcade game, a slick rail shooter that broke records for Midway.

The guys at Midway showed Kasanoff Mortal Kombat, a new game they said would beat his T2 record. It was bloody, hyper-realistic and already a sensation at the arcade. But Kasanoff believed it was destined to be more than just a video game. He envisioned it as a phenomenon on the order of T2


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I remember not taking it seriously at first. I thought, "This is probably going to be talked about but not happen." Then all of a sudden we were getting phone calls about casting and they were saying, "What about this guy for this character? What about this guy for that character?" I remember them saying, "What do you think of Danny Glover as Raiden?"


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Everyone was telling me this wouldn't work and my career would be over. Including New Line. They'd already greenlighted the movie, and the studio head walked in with the script, threw it down on the table and said, "I hate the script. I hate this movie." And he yelled at us for an hour and then said, "Go ahead and make it."


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We originally had Cameron Diaz cast as Sonya Blade. We were at New Line when The Mask was in postproduction, and Cameron Diaz was not a household name. No one knew her. New Line said, "Why don't you look some of the dailies that are coming in from this film and see what you think of this young, unknown actress." As soon as we saw the dailies from The Mask, there was no question that she was a star. We put her into training, because she had not really done this kind of martial arts work before. She broke her wrist right before shooting to the point where she couldn't do the martial arts stunts we needed.


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"WE GOT KICKED OUT OF TWO RECORD COMPANIES"

The Mortal Kombat soundtrack was bold, using electronic dance music in a way that normally wasn't done in a Hollywood film. Getting a record company to sign on became a nearly impossible task.


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Now that Warner owns Mortal Kombat, there is absolutely no excuse to not have a series on HBO rated TVMA.


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"I hate the script. I hate this movie." And he yelled at us for an hour and then said, "Go ahead and make it."


I see nothing has changed in the last 20+years hahaha


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I see nothing has changed in the last 20+years hahaha




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"What do you think of Danny Glover as Raiden?"


No. No it has not.


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I remember them saying, "What do you think of Danny Glover as Raiden?"




and here I thought casting a white Frenchman as an Asian thunder god was weird.


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It’s like studios go out of their way to make dumb casting Decisions sometimes


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re: 'Mortal Kombat': Untold Story of the Movie That "Kicked the Hell" Out of Everyone
DId you ever see “The Proffessional from the early 90s?” The entire point of the movie is how superficial Hollywood is.
The main character is a producer who evaluated movie ideas and every movies that gets pitched to him has to be tied to a celebrity or he won’t hear it.
Also, it goes into how bastardized the “artistic” process is in Hollywood.


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re: 'Mortal Kombat': Untold Story of the Movie That "Kicked the Hell" Out of Everyone
Watched this yesterday on amazon prime actually. Definitely a guilty pleasure. That song gets my blood flowing every time.
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re: 'Mortal Kombat': Untold Story of the Movie That "Kicked the Hell" Out of Everyone
Well, name actors are like insurance policies for producers. Not a bad policy in b reality.


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Definitely a guilty pleasure. That song gets my blood flowing every time.



Dammit im now listening to the 10 hour loop on Youtube


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young Cameron Diaz as Sonya Blade? My dick sure would have loved that.


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young Cameron Diaz as Sonya Blade?


As much of a cult status as this movie already has, Diaz as Sonya Blade would have made this legendary.


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I think I still have it on DVD. Super cheesy, yet super awesome.


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re: 'Mortal Kombat': Untold Story of the Movie That "Kicked the Hell" Out of Everyone
I dunno, I think I dug Ms. Vaughn as Sonya.

Image: https://cs4.pikabu.ru/post_img/2015/09/25/7/1443176228_189230342.png



If they would have put Ms. Vaughn in that red dress from the Mask, I think it would have been nearly as impressive.



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WE GOT KICKED OUT OF TWO RECORD COMPANIES"

The Mortal Kombat soundtrack was bold, using electronic dance music in a way that normally wasn't done in a Hollywood film. Getting a record company to sign on became a nearly impossible task.




fricking GOAT soundtrack


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fricking GOAT soundtrack


From the link in the OP:

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The soundtrack was the first platinum EDM record ever in history.


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Finally we get no record deal. The studio was great by backing us and letting us do that. We made the MK soundtrack and gave it to this little record company no one had ever heard of and we came out with the first EDM platinum soundtrack.


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re: 'Mortal Kombat': Untold Story of the Movie That "Kicked the Hell" Out of Everyone
Does anyone else remember when Mortal Kombat was released on SNES and Genesis? It was coined "Mortal Monday." I remember going to get that game after school at the mall then playing the hell out of it that night.


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I still have my original SNES and Mortal Kombat I, II, and III. Play them with my kids all the time.


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I put the SNES emulator on our wii and have been kicking my kids arse at Mortal Kombat.
pretty cool thing you can do on the wii with the NES, SNES, Sega, N64 emulators. I have pretty much every game ever made on a little SD card that's in the Wii for those consoles.


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Does anyone else remember when Mortal Kombat was released on SNES and Genesis? It was coined "Mortal Monday." I remember going to get that game after school at the mall then playing the hell out of it that night.



Was this the launch of the original or mk2?

I recall the launch of mk2 being even bigger. I remember I bought mk2 as soon as my local electronics store opened and played it all day on snes with my friends


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