Prior to its release, there was a lot of buzz around Mortal Kombat, but it only appears to have grown stronger through word-of-mouth.
The video-game-inspired film reboot has ruled the box office since its release. The film received a lot of positive feedback, and rightfully so.
The movie has high-octane action moments, and the cast has gym-toned bodies and ripped torsos, and it’s all everyone can talk about.
Ludi Lin, who startled viewers with his physicality that would put bodybuilders to shame, is one of the cast members who has risen to new levels of renown as a result of the film’s success.
Lin took on the role of Liu Kang, one of Earthrealm’s most well-known heroes. He had to go through extensive training and follow a strict eating plan. The actor has now become a health and fitness poster boy.
Lin has to be physically fit to play Liu Kang.
Lin is an experienced Muay Thai and Japanese Ju-Jitsu martial artist. He’s no stranger to high-octane productions.
In 2017, he played the Black Ranger in the Power Rangers film and Lance, a virtual reality computer game alter-ego, in the Black Mirror episode “Striking Vipers.” As Captain Murk in Aquaman, he also led an Atlantean army.
Liu Kang had only one important maneuver as a fabled warrior: the Dragon Fire strike. Lin needed to show the movement as realistically as possible before adding CGI fire effects because the character may throw fire at his opponents.
Lin and trainer Owen Chau revealed how they prepared for the movement in Men’s Health’s Train Like series. To generate authenticity in his fire toss gesture, the actor had to move in a controlled and methodical manner.
Lin eats a plant-based diet.
Aside from his rigorous training, the actor attributes his good health to his plant-based diet. According to Lin, the world is infatuated with and addicted to meat because of its umami flavor, and people have evolved to believe that meat is necessary.
The actor prefers to get his umami from mushrooms and his protein from plant-based sources, such as hemp, peanut butter, and a little sweetness in his drinks. He also avoids eating meat since he believes it is healthier for his health and the environment.
To stay healthy, the actor takes pills such as probiotics, a multivitamin, calcium, turmeric, vitamin D, and vitamin B-12.
The Performance of ‘Mortal Kombat’
Mortal Kombat grossed $23.3 million in its first weekend in the United States. It also brought about $50 million worldwide. Mortal Kombat now has a slight lead over Demon Slayer: Mugen Train in terms of domestic sales.
Mortal Kombat garnered mixed reviews, with a Tomatometer score of 55 percent and an audience score of 86 percent.
“It’s part Avengers want to be, half martial arts exhibition battle, but, regrettably, entirely dull,” commented Kevin Maher of the Times (UK). The London Evening Standard’s Charlotte O’Sullivan followed up with, “It’s ultimately a disappointment since Cole’s emotional journey is uninvolving.”
“Mortal Kombat provides a surprisingly interesting, self-aware adventure that embraces many of the elements that have kept the game franchise successful for nearly three decades now,” Digital Trends’ Rick Marshall wrote.