Why Is This Johnny Cage So Familiar? He Explains to Kotaku

Not Linden Ashby, who played Johnny Cage in the 1995 Mortal Kombat film. No, the guy in the viral Mortal Kombat film that recently popped up online.

The actor who was Johnny Cage in the viral clip is Matt Mullins. He's not only an actor, but an accomplished martial artist. He's a black belt in shorei-ryu karate. For the past ten years, Mullins has been performing "Xtreme Martial Arts", which he describes as a more visual style of the sport.

Why Is This Johnny Cage So Familiar? He Explains to Kotaku

The Johnny Cage vs. Baraka fight in the viral Mortal Kombat clip took ten hours to film, says Mullins. "Ten hours is really fast for all of the different elements that we were trying to capture," he tells Kotaku. "There was a lot of rehearsal before hand to come up with this great sequence."

But it's during that fight in which the familiarity element set in. I've seen that guy toss a punch and get hit before.

"I have been doing mocap for the last 10 years and have worked on tons of different games," adds Mullins. Like? Like the first Uncharted. He did all the running, jumping, shooting, punching and climbing for Uncharted protagonist Nathan Drake.

Why Is This Johnny Cage So Familiar? He Explains to Kotaku

That's right, Nathan Drake via Johnny Cage is fighting Baraka in this viral clip. And he gets his head lopped off.