Mortal Kombat star Lewis Tan opened up about losing the main role in Shang-Chi to Simu Liu.
Although audiences will next see Lewis Tan on screen in the Mortal Kombat movie on HBO Max, the star recently opened up to Entertainment Tonight about losing a dream job: Shang-Chi. Tan was explaining when he found out he’d landed the Mortal Kombat role as Cole Young, revealing that it came right when he needed it. The actor confessed that he was devastated over losing the main role in Shang-Chi, calling it a really high-caliber level job.
“I just lost a crazy job — a really, really high-caliber level job — and I heard that news on a plane to Japan and I was, like, devastated. [It] was for the role of Shang-Chi in the Marvel film.”
Lewis Tan wen ton to say that he was supposed to race at NASCAR when he got the call about Mortal Kombat, and says he chose not to race just in case he got involved in an accident that would get in the way of filming the video game adaptation. And since the first trailer for Mortal Kombat impressed long-time fans of the franchise, he probably made the right decision. Take a look at the star talking about joining the project below.
“I did this mediation course, and I came back and then I was on my way to Nashville, Tennessee, to race cars at NASCAR — I was like, ‘Maybe I’m the first Asian person to ever be in this place before!’ — and all of a sudden I get a phone call saying I got the role in [Mortal Kombat]. I was supposed to drive a car that day and I ended up not doing it because I was like, ‘Uh oh! I need to be safe now because I’ve got an opportunity here.’”
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Mortal Kombat was first adapted into a feature film directed by Paul W. S. Anderson, the filmmaker behind the Resident Evil series with Milla Jovovich. The film earned a worldwide total of $122 million and is widely regarded as one of the better adaptations of a video game.
Directed by Simon McQuoid from a script written by Greg Russo, Mortal Kombat stars Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero, Tadanobu Asano as Raiden, Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade, Mehcad Brooks as Jackson “Jax” Briggs, Josh Lawson as Kano, Chin Han as Shang Tsung, Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion, Max Huang as Kung Lao, Sisi Stringer as Mileena and Elissa Cadwell as Nitara. Lewis Tan is also on board in an undisclosed role.
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