When word broke out that the 2021 Mortal Kombat movie would be getting a sequel, plenty of people were excited. That includes WWE Superstar The Miz, who wanted nothing more than to play the role of Johnny Cage in the follow-up.

As soon as the movie was announced, social media lit up with requests of The Miz taking on the iconic Mortal Kombat role. The Miz also spoke up on his desire to portray the character, talking about it in interviews and upping his training to better prepare his physique. Unfortunately for The Miz, it just wasn’t meant to be.

A few weeks back, we learned that Karl Urban of The Boys would be taking on the role of Johnny Cage. Fans of The Miz were disheartened to see the announcement, but how does The Miz himself feel? had the chance to talk to the man himself to find out.

“This is the first time I’ve actually got asked this question. So I’ll be honest, I really wanted to be Johnny Cage. When I saw the movie, the Mortal Kombat movie, I really liked it. I know 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,” Miz said.

“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, episode two.’ And then with my name, literally the next, 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,” Miz said.

“…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’ll even say, I even put 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 want to be Johnny Cage.’ I never got an audition, which is fine. I mean, maybe they just didn’t see me as the character. And 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 going to work as hard as I will work 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 am 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. And so yeah, that’s, I guess, kind of my answer.”

[The Miz]

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