Mortal Kombat shot a ‘Toasty!’ scene along with its many Easter eggs

By virtue of adjusting a stretching computer game franchise with 8 benches worth of characters, the author of Mortal Kombat was constantly going to make cuts — and not simply of the severed limb range.

Film writer Greg Russo informed Polygon in the lead as much as launch that the balancing act in between managing a practical hit and packing every Easter egg you can possibly imagine into the film was a bloodbath procedure of eliminating his beloveds. There was no space for Johnny Cage with a wise-cracking Kano around. Kitana, Russo’s individual preferred kombatant, was likewise a no-go (“it didn’t make sense to start bringing in the Edenian characters yet”). And one series that came the closest to truth however got the slicing block was a homage to Mortal Kombat’s dopiest joke: “Toasty!”

Very first appearing in Mortal Kombat 2, “Toasty!” was the creation of designer Dan Forden, whose visage appeared in the lower-right hand corner to trill the line whenever a gamer provided a well-timed uppercut. The gag continued to appear in subsequent follows up, making remixed referential treatment as the video game’s graphics and graphic violence progressed. Mortal Kombat charred “Toasty!” into adequate brains that it’s been appropriated by fans in other mediums; Skrillex even dropped Forden’s soundbite in his MK-appreciating tune, “Reptile.”

“I worked really hard to get the line ‘Toasty!’ in there,” Russo stated. And according to the author, they did — however cut the scene throughout the post-production procedure. “It had a spot in the story that didn’t feel cringe, like it worked, but it [was edited out]. Liu Kang said it, after somebody was eviscerated.”

Mortal Kombat ends with a clear follow up setup, and Russo acknowledges that the majority of what he wasn’t able to things in might make its method into Mortal Kombat 2 or 3, if there’s need for the follows up. However for all the slicing out of in-jokes and character referrals, the author still landed a couple of deep cuts. Sonya’s address in the movie (806 W. Washington Blvd), is an old address for Mortal Kombat developer NetherRealm Studios. Various cave paintings and yarn-board clippings tease everyone from Kotal Kahn to Nightwolf and Shao Khan. And Liu Kang’s triple sweep of Kano is a reference to, well, the games’ flimsy AI — but the imperfections are part of the beauty.

There is one thing Russo will probably never consider for this run of movies: babalities. The infantilizing finishing moves were never on the table, but the author says fans can dream. “If you watch the opening movie, there was a baby in there … so maybe there was a babality.”


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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.