Jax is a fan-favorite character from the Mortal Kombat franchise, and here’s all the actors to play the part in the live action, including Michael Jai White.
Jax is a fan favorite mortal combat character, and here’s every actor for the live-action role. In the early 1990s, there was a fierce debate among gamers over whether mortal combat or street fighter 2 was the best fighting game. The former caused a stir for its wide variety of fighters and blood – which made it incredibly controversial for the same reason. It didn’t take long to mortal combat to become a massive franchise, spanning multiple video game sequels, movies, TV shows, and even a children’s cartoon series.
mortal combat also features an almost embarrassing number of iconic fighters, from rivals Scorpion and Sub Zero to Sonya Blade, Johnny Cage and countless others. Jax was introduced in Mortal Kombat 2 and is Sonya’s partner who comes to Outworld to save her. He received his famous bionic arms in the 95s Mortal Kombat 3and became so popular that it received its own spin-off game for the PlayStation 1 in 2000 dubbed Mortal Kombat: Special Forces; unfortunately, it is considered one of the worst entries in the series.
Mortal Kombat Jax has appeared in nearly every entry in the series, including spinoffs and animated films. Here are all the actors to play Jax in live-action.
Mortal Kombat (1995) – Gregory McKinney
Jax only had a brief appearance in the 1995s mortal combat movie, played by the late Gregory McKinney. He is Sonya’s partner and helps her raid a club to catch Kano, but stays behind when she boards a ship for the titular tournament. american ninja Star Steve James was originally slated to play the role, but died of pancreatic cancer shortly before filming.
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997) – Lynn Red Williams
Michael Jai White was once expected to play Mortal Kombat: Annihilation Jax but came by to play in Spawn. Lynn Red Williams (American Gladiators) got the role instead, which sees Jax equipped with his trademark bionic arms and battling opponents like Cyrax and Motaro. He also acts as something of the comic relief in the sequel and is understandably confused by much of what happens.
Mortal Kombat: Legacy (2011) – Michael Jai White
Michael Jai White performed for the first time Mortal Kombat Jax in a very well-received short dubbed Mortal Kombat: Rebirth in 2010. It was a fan film directed by Kevin Tancharoen (Fame) and was a grainy version of the concept. The positive response to the short film led to Tancharoen being given the green light to direct a web series. Mortal Kombat: Legacywith White returning as Jax.
Mortal Kombat: Legacy also thrown Star Trek: Picard Jeri Ryan as Sonya and featured an epic fight between Jax and Kano (Darren Shahlavi). Unfortunately, Michael Jai White’s Jax was only in the first season, and viewers never got to see the character don the bionic arms.
Mortal Kombat (2021) – Mehcad Brooks
The most recent live action mortal combat Jax was Mehcad Brooks in the film’s 2021 reboot. This version of Jax lost his arms in a fight with Sub Zero, who froze them before breaking them. He was later given bionic arms as replacements, though he must work with them first to get used to his new limbs. He also uses his famous fatal Head Clap move on Reiko during the finale.
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