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Mortal Kombat star Hiroyuki Sanada talks about his scorpion readiness and how fans reworked his face before he got the role

How Hiroyuki Sanada prepared for the role of Scorpion in ‘Mortal Kombat’ (Photo credit: IMDb)

Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada, who plays Scorpion in the upcoming action thriller “Mortal Kombat,” says he did extensive research on the character once he got on board.

The film is based on the famous video game franchise.

“I was on another movie and I went to a game center where I found the classic game. I put the coin and tried to find Scorpion and Sub-Zero, to understand these characters. Of course, I’ve been beaten every time, just losing and losing. But I stayed in the games to continue learning the stories, the background, and the characters. It was so much fun, ”says Hiroyuki Sanada.

However, Hiroyuki Sanada quickly started to like his character and thought he was “cool.”

“I immediately embraced my character. He was cool and I loved his weapons and fighting styles. But I felt some pressure to make sure I had it right, ”he said.

Sanada also adds that he received a warm response from fans, even before he got on board.

“Before I was offered the role, fans on the internet were using Photoshop or something to put my face on Scorpion’s body!” Adds Hiroyuki Sanada.

The film is directed by award-winning Australian commercial filmmaker Simon McQuoid, marking his directorial debut. It was produced by James Wan, Todd Garner, McQuoid and E. Bennett Walsh.

Besides Hiroyuki Sanada, the film also features Lewis Tan as Cole Young, Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade, Josh Lawson as Kano, Tadanobu Asano as Lord Raiden, Mehcad Brooks as Jax, Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Chin Han as Shang Tsung, Joe Taslim like Bi-Han and Sub-Zero. Max Huang as Kung Lao and Sisi Stringer as Mileena.

“Mortal Kombat” is slated for release in India on April 23 from Warner Bros. It will be released in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.

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