New today Trivia: The film notoriously recast many of its main characters. Linden Ashby, who co-starred in the original as Johnny Cage, hated the script and refused to return - hence his character getting recast and unceremoniously killed off in the first scene. Bridgette Wilson, whom played Sonya Blade in the first film, similarly turned down the chance to reappear. Christopher Lambert, whom played Rayden in the original wanted to return, but was unable to free up enough time as he was working on another film.
New today Trivia: As unbelievable as it sounds given the almost ridiculous amount of characters in the movie, several other characters from the games were in the film in early cuts, but were removed from the finished film for timing and pacing reasons. This notably includes Quan Chi, one of the villains of the series, who was going to appear in the film in several scenes including the climax. His content was removed, but behind-the-scenes photos and videos of an actor in makeup for the role can be found online.
New today Trivia: Paul W.S. Anderson, who directed the first film, was offered the chance to direct again, but had to turn it down. He has stated that this is one of his biggest regrets, as he hated this movie, and felt that if he had returned, he could have helped steer it in the right direction.
New today Trivia: There have been many jokes made about the amount of backflips in this film since its release. In actuality, if you total up all of the flips (including front, back, sideways, etc.), there are over 50 flips in the film - or almost one for every 90 seconds of screentime.
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