Original Mortal Kombat Movie Stuntman Recalls Major Injury

Stuntman-turned-director J.J. Perry has recently recalled the major injury he sustained while filming the original Mortal Kombat movie. A champion martial artist, Perry’s decades-long career has seen him provide and coordinate stunt work for a range of film and television projects before making the leap behind the camera to direct Jamie Foxx’s 2022 Netflix film Dayshift. Yet, long before his directorial debut, Perry served as the stunt double for the role of Johnny Cage in the original 1995 film adaptation of Mortal Kombat.


During a recent appearance on an episode of Corridor Crew’s “Stuntmen React to Bad & Great Hollywood Stunts”, Perry explains how the film’s iconic fight between Johnny Cage and Scorpion left him with a rib fracture.

During the fight sequence in question, Cage’s character is seen tumbling from bamboo scaffolding that Scorpion had kicked out from beneath him. Falling through multiple layers of scaffolding, Perry explained that the fall left him gasping for air, and it turned out the stunt had ultimately left him with a broken rib. Check out his comments below:

I actually broke a rib doing this, I broke my rib doing that [fall], because one of the [scaffolds] was hard and I remember being gutted, and that was the end of it. That was the last day of the last scene. I’ve been knocked out from a head kick before in Korea, but I’ve never ever been down from a body shot in a tournament. I’ve been down from body shots in the gym from heavyweights and stuff, but I couldn’t breathe.

And I couldn’t panic, so I was like, “Okay, get your s—t together, everybody’s watching, be cool.” [Gasps for air] “[Without air] Jeff!” [Jeff] Imada was like, “Dude, are you okay?” I was like, “I’m not sure yet.” He goes, “No, that’s cool.” I made myself kind of wiggle up, and I don’t know if you’ve ever had a broken rib, you can’t cough, sneeze, fart, poop, none of that. So, I took one of those neoprene wraps and wrapped it up and tried to pretend like I was okay, but they sent me to the hospital, got an x-ray and they said, “You’ve got a broken rib, buddy.”

What The New Mortal Kombat Sequel Can Learn From The Original Film

Sub-Zero in 1995 Mortal Kombat Movie

The original Mortal Kombat video game had not even been released on home gaming consoles when producer Lawrence Kasanoff saw the potential in a big-screen adaptation of the property. Despite some initial hesitation from Midway Games, Kasanoff eventually convinced them to sell him the movie rights and two years later the original Mortal Kombat movie was released in theaters. Shattering predictions, 1995’s Mortal Kombat would go on to gross $124.7 million in worldwide box office and would become the highest-grossing video game adaptation until it was later surpassed by 1998’s Pokémon: The First Movie.

While critical reactions to the film were mixed, the original Mortal Kombat proved a hit with the game’s already established fanbase, despite complaints of toned-down violence. When New Line Cinema later sought to reboot the property in 2021, the new film sought to address these concerns with a much more graphic approach, but it was also accused of diverting too far from the franchise’s established lore. Between introducing entirely original characters, such as Lewis Tans’ Cole Young, and failing to feature the actual Mortal Kombat tournament, some viewers were left disappointed with the reboot’s handling of the popular games.

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With work on a new sequel already underway, the upcoming Mortal Kombat 2 would do well to look back at the 1995 film and borrow elements that helped make the original adaptation a hit. While the introduction of Karl Urban’s own version of Johnny Cage goes a long way toward making up for the reboot’s initial oversights, a return to the Mortal Kombat tournament itself is what is really needed. However, whatever route the latest Mortal Kombat movie takes, hopefully, its own stunt team will have a much easier time than Perry did.

Source: Corridor Crew

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