The Miz was never given a chance to audition for the role of Johnny Cage in the new Mortal Kombat movie.
WWE Superstar The Miz recently sat down with Matt Aguilar of ComicBook Nation to discuss a wide variety of subjects. When asked about Karl Urban being chosen over him to take on the role of Johnny Cage in the upcoming Mortal Kombat 2 movie, Miz said it was a part he really wanted, but he was never given a chance to audition for it.
“This is the first time I’ve actually gotten this question. So I’ll be honest, I really wanted to be Johnny Cage,” The Miz admitted. “Like when I saw the Mortal Kombat movie, I really liked it. While there was a lot of — some people critiqued it. I really enjoyed it. I loved it. I thought it was amazing. It just brought me back to my childhood.
“I’ve always loved the character Johnny Cage. And when it wasn’t in there, I was like, ‘Oh, wow, man, I can’t believe they didn’t put Johnny Cage in.’ And then at the end, you’re like, oh man, he’s coming in part two, and then my name when it came out, it was like a Friday. My name was trending with Johnny Cage. And I was like, oh my god. It wasn’t a bunch of people. It was my name and I was like, this is crazy.
“So I remember calling my agent and going, ‘Dude, I want this. I don’t know what I have to do. Call whoever you have to call. I want this bad.’ And then I even put on a campaign. I went out on every interview, and every time someone asked me about this question, I would say I want to be Johnny Cage. I never got an audition, which is just fine. I mean, maybe they just didn’t see me as the character.
“Then I heard Karl Urban got it and I was like, wow, and people were like, are you mad? Are you angry? And it’s like, I never get mad or angry when someone else gets a part that I want. I am fully supportive of a person getting — I imagine they’re gonna work as hard as I will work to be to make sure that that character is honed in, locked in, and is the character that the audience wants and loves. And I think Karl Urban, I’ve watched him on The Boys. I think he’s a terrific actor. I think he’s going to do an amazing job as Johnny Cage, and you better believe I’m going to watch it.
“Am I heartbroken that I’m not going to be Johnny Cage? Yes, of course. But that’s the story of life; you take your bumps and bruises. I mean, this is Hollywood. This is acting like there’s one part. There’s millions of people that want that part. There’s one. I didn’t get it. And by the way, this happens all the time. So you just take your lumps, and someday someway, somehow, I will start getting into the movies that I feel like I want to get into and start doing characters that I think are meaningful and that could make me into what Cena, Batista, and The Rock have all done.”
While The Miz is hoping for bigger movie roles in the future, his main goal right now is focused on being the best WWE Superstar he can be at a time when the company is rising in popularity once again.
“But my goal right now is to be the best WWE Superstar I can be,” The Miz continued. “And I’ve been having a blast with this new wave of youth that WWE has, and to be honest, our shows at live events at RAW have all been sold out. Like WWE is so hot right now. Cody Rhodes has been doing an amazing job, and Seth Rollins, as our two top baby faces, our two top good guys.
“Like whenever they come out, the crowd is electric. It reminds me of Austin and Rock back in the Attitude Era. Like you go to a WWE live event, it’s sold out every single time a person’s music hits. It’s like an eruption. It’s so much fun. So I’m having a blast right now with that. I know that was a long, drawn-out answer, but I haven’t really been able to even think about answering that question.
“I was like, oh, wow. I thought about it, but it’s like you don’t know how you want to put it into words because you can be misconstrued or whatever, and I don’t want to be misconstrued like, am I heartbroken that I’m not going to be Johnny Cage in Mortal Kombat? Yes. Do I hope that Karl Urban and the crew at Mortal Kombat put together the most amazing Mortal Kombat movie and the most amazing Johnny Cage? Absolutely. Will I be watching it? 100% I’ll probably be the first person in line. So yeah, I guess that’s kind of my answer.”
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