Yes, this is about a movie and not one of the video games, but it’s no less a sore point for longtime “Mortal Kombat” fans. Linden Ashby’s performance as self-obsessed action hero Johnny Cage is still seen one of the highlights of the 1995 “Mortal Kombat” film adaptation, which is why it’s such a shame that the film’s sequel did the character so dirty. Much like most of the returning characters from the first movie, the role of Johnny Cage was recast with a new actor. Chris Conrad took over the role from Linden Ashby, but that wasn’t the main problem for fans of the original.
Despite being a fan-favorite character and one of the main heroes of the first film, Johnny enjoys just under a minute of screen time in 1997’s “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.” He manages to speak a few words and fails to land a Shadow Kick before being quickly and brutally murdered by the villainous Shao Kahn. It’s a moment that fans still see as a major misstep, one that the film never quite recovers from.
Upon seeing their favorite character killed (not to mention recast) in such an unceremonious fashion, nobody would blame fans who walked out of the theater or popped their tape out of the VCR and never looked back. Considering how bad the rest of the movie is, the folks who rage quit this movie probably did themselves a favor.
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