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Actor Hiroyuki Sanada says he played the classic video game over and over to prep for his role in 'Mortal Kombat'

'I put the coin in and tried to find Scorpion and Sub-Zero, to figure out those characters. Of course, I was beaten every time, just losing and losing,' the actor said ahead of the movie release this month.

April 17, 2021 / 02:43 PM IST

Los Angeles, April 17 (IANS): Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada, who plays Scorpion in the upcoming action thriller Mortal Kombat, says that he did extensive research for the character once he came on board.

The film is based on the popular video game franchise.

"I was on location on another film and went to a game center where I found the classic game. I put the coin in and tried to find Scorpion and Sub-Zero, to figure out those characters. Of course, I was beaten every time, just losing and losing. But I kept at the games to keep learning the stories, the background and the characters. It was so much fun," he says.

However, he soon began 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 did feel some pressure to make sure I got him right," he said.

Sanada adds that he got a warm response from fans, even before he came on board. "Before I was offered the part, fans on the internet used Photoshop or something to put my face on the body of Scorpion!" he adds.

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

Apart from 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 as Bi-Han and Sub-Zero. Also featured are Max Huang as Kung Lao and Sisi Stringer as Mileena.

"Mortal Kombat" is set to release in India on April 23 by Warner Bros. It will release in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.

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