Mortal Kombat star Joe Taslim sat down with us to discuss his role as Sub-Zero and possibly playing a Marvel or DC Comics supervillain.
The Mortal Kombat reboot features some amazing bad guys from the Netherrealm, but none of them hold a candle to Joe Taslim’s Sub-Zero. Taslim’s presence as the character is intimidating to say the least and the villain is very frightening throughout the film. I recently got the chance to talk with Taslim about Mortal Kombat and he told us that his favorite characters to play as in the game are Sub-Zero and another incarnation of the villain known as Noob Saibot. The latter was introduced in Mortal Kombat II as an undead wraith who was later revealed to be Bi-Han, the original Sub-Zero played by Taslim in the live-action reboot.
“I grew up playing the game. I remember, I was 12, 13 years old, back in South Sumatra, my island. And then I remember I didn’t have the console. I needed to go to my friend’s house just to play the game.” Taslim told us. “It was crazy, crazy memory. And then when I heard they wanted me to play Sub-Zero, it was just unreal. I love Sub-Zero but now I love… I play as Noob Saibot more, so they’re the same. They’re the same.”
Taslim was such an intimidating villain that I could see him taking on the members of the Avengers or the Justice League as a Marvel Studios or DC Films supervillain. So, I asked him if he was up for the task.”Well, I think to play villain is interesting and then you have more freedom. You have more freedom to improvise because the borders of the character are very thin. You play a good guy… you can’t do this, you can’t do that. So I love playing a villain because as an actor, you can just give more, you can just go all out crazy. But I think again, it depends on the story,” Taslim revealed. “It depends if the villain has a background and there’s a strong reason why that’s the type of villain I want to play. It’s not just playing an evil character or something. People are like, “Okay, he’s just bad guy,” but as an actor, I have obligation to give a soul to a character… to give dimensions. So let’s see, yeah if they give me a good villain role, a strong one, maybe.”
You can check out the full interview below.
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Mortal Kombat was first adapted into a feature film directed by Paul W. S. Anderson, the filmmaker behind the Resident Evil series with Milla Jovovich. The film earned a worldwide total of $122 million and is widely regarded as one of the better adaptations of a video game.
Directed by Simon McQuoid from a script written by Greg Russo, Mortal Kombat stars Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero, Tadanobu Asano as Raiden, Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade, Mehcad Brooks as Jackson “Jax” Briggs, Josh Lawson as Kano, Chin Han as Shang Tsung, Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion, Max Huang as Kung Lao, Sisi Stringer as Mileena and Elissa Cadwell as Nitara. Lewis Tan is also on board in an undisclosed role.
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