Mortal Kombat star Lewis Tan opened up about playing Cole Young, the fan controversy, and the movie’s connection to his father.
Mortal Kombat Star Lewis Tan said that despite his new character controversy, he believes he will add an grounded nature to the fantasy setting.
The rising action star spoke to Nerdist on playing the original character Cole Young in the next Mortal Kombat film that will hit theaters next month and HBO Max. For Tan, Cole’s appeal is how deadly he is in a world of fantastic fighters.
“He’s a great character because he’s an entry point into history,” Tan said. “He’s unlucky, he’s a father, he’s a husband. But he’s a man who has lost his opportunity and his time. And I think he’s a Very interesting character to play. So that’s where he comes from. He’s a martial man. ” artist and is very capable, but never got his chance. And that’s where it starts. And so it became entwined with the world of Mortal Kombat. “
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“Mortal Kombat is interesting because it’s a fantasy,” Tan continued. “There are a lot of fantasy elements, but my character has a really strong perspective throughout the movie, so it’s nice to be involved in this fantasy world, but to be able to play. a really well-founded point. “
When the film’s roster was first announced, many were disappointed that a new character was taking the lead rather than an established hero like Johnny Cage. But Tan said the approach is suitable for film adaptation.
“I think it’s a really interesting way to show audiences that don’t know the game a new perspective,” Tan said. “It’s also good to create a cinematic experience that will honor the game and what people are used to, but also give them something. fresh and new when they go to theaters and see him. That’s what I like about the character. But he’s a difficult character to play because there’s a lot of pressure because there’s no established fan base. “
The film also has a personal connection for Tan, one that is reflected in the plot, as Cole’s daughter serves as his inspiration and coach. In real life, Tan’s father played that role for the actor.
“My dad Philip Tan, he’s a fight coordinator and stunt coordinator,” Tan said. “He did Indiana Jones. He did Batman with Tim Burton. That was actually the first movie that brought us to America, which is crazy for me because my father came here with Warner Bros. and now I’m directing a movie with Warner Bros. It’s a journey for me. I’m very proud to do my shot. “
Directed by Simon McQuoid and produced by James Wan, Mortal Kombat starring Lewis Tan as Cole Young, Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade, Josh Lawson as Kano, Tadanobu Asano as Lord Raiden, Mehcad Brooks as Jackson “Jax” Bridges, Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Chin Han as Shang Tsung, Joe Taslim as Bi Han and Sub-Zero, Hiroyuki Sanada as Hanzo Hasashi and Scorpion, Max Huang as Kung Lao, Sisi Stringer as Mileena, Matilda Kimber as Emily Young, and Laura Brent as Allison Young. The film hits theaters and at HBO Max on April 16.
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