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Release the Kombat Kut? Mortal Kombat star says his favorite fight scene was left out of the movie

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The Mortal Kombat movie left many of its kombatants battered, bruised, and downright dismembered in some cases. But, interestingly, the on-screen showdowns weren't the only fights filmed during production.

Lewis Tan, who plays Cole Young in the 2021 HBO Max release, hinted that some set-pieces were left on the cutting room floor, including his favorite fight scene.

"There are much more fights that didn't make it including my [favorite] one," Tan said on Twitter, adding that they might yet appear "on special features."

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It's not known which fights or opponents Tan is talking about. Cole Young had his fair share of Fatality-filled fights during the runtime – including against Mileena and Goro – but it's clear that certain things were shot that, for one reason or another, weren't including in the final release.

The reason for that is, partly, the perils of a usual production: there's almost always too much material. Young clarified and said as much in a follow-up post: "[It's] very common to cut scenes, most films have enough footage for a 5 hour cut," he said, before teasing that there was "plenty of stuff left for [a] sequel too."

Here's hoping that an extended version of Mortal Kombat, complete with deleted scenes, can be made available one day. If not, there's always time to get a Zack Snyder's Justice League-style campaign going. It might just be time to #ReleaseTheKombatKut.

Dive into more of the action with our Mortal Kombat ending breakdown, as well as how a final act tease sets up a sequel.

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