Mortal Kombat Sub-Zero Actor Joe Taslim On Why He Loved Getting Punched In The Face

Taslim says the inherent danger of a fight scene is what makes the shoot fun.


Sub-Zero actor Joe Taslim has spoken about the physical nature of working on the Mortal Kombat movie, including his sweat-inducing costume and getting hit in the face. Taslim also shared that he's signed on for four additional sequels, but it remains to be seen if they'll be made.

Speaking to Variety, Taslim said what makes a great fight scene is the possibility that you, as an actor, might actually get whacked in the face.

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"Sometimes you get hit in the face or you hit someone in the face, but for me that's the fun of it. I know it's probably weird, but to create a beautiful work, sometimes it has to happen," he said. "The last thing you want to do it hurt your co-actor, but sometimes it happens. It's beautiful because it was intentional. Both of you want to make a great fight scene. … It's beautiful and it's dangerous."

One of the biggest hurdles for Taslim during the process of filming Mortal Kombat was wearing the Sub-Zero suit. He said it weighed about 33 pounds.

"It looks so dope, an amazing design and then I tried to walk," he said. "I couldn't walk. It was so heavy. I was like, 'How am I going to fight in this costume?'"

Taslim wore a lighter suit during Mortal Kombat's stunts, but he still remarked that he lost five pounds during the shoot. "At the end of the day, you take it off and your body is just flooded [with sweat]," he said. "I walked around like a grandpa every day."

Regarding the Mortal Kombat sequels, Taslim is apparently signed on four the option of making four additional sequels, though whether or not they come to be remains to be seen.

Mortal Kombat releases on HBO Max and in theaters on April 23. It's already available in international markets. Keep checking back with GameSpot for more, including our full review. For now, you can watch the first seven minutes of the movie in the video above.

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