Mehcad Brooks Describes Extensive Preparation as Jax for Mortal Kombat

The new adaptation of the fan-favorite video game Mortal Kombat will officially debut in a matter of hours. The franchise is fully packed with iconic characters whom fans learned to know and love over the years. Among the most popular ones stands Jax, the bionic-armed soldier who will be portrayed by Mehcad Brooks. While talking with EW, the actor recalled his preparation for the role, saying that it was “the hardest thing” he had to do before going on-set.

Briefly, he bulked up with 45 pounds of muscles and dove into the most profound areas of his character’s mind. In doing so, he “took him to therapy,” explaining that he kept a journal writing down all reasons for Jax’s behavior, besides tracking his progression on the way for deliverance. On top of that, he also watched a lot of tape from boxing matches, including champions like Joe Frazier and Mike Tyson.

“It’s the most difficult thing I’ve ever done, but also the most fun thing I’ve ever done,” he said. “And, when you can blend those two things, I think you’re on the right path.”

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The upcoming movie by Simon McQuoid will also explore the relationship between the member of the United States Special Forces and his subaltern, Sonya Blade. The blonde military has been a valued companion for the bulked warrior, especially after losing his arms (like fans saw in the trailer).

“You’ll see the love and respect that Jax and Sonya have for each other in [Mortal Kombat],” Brooks added. “I look forward to that relationship expanding within the universe.”

The Mortal Kombat reboot will hit HBO Max and theaters on April 23.

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