Art Lean is a character in the first Mortal Kombat movie. He is an Earthrealm fighter and meets Johnny Cage in the movie on the dock while he and the other Earthrealm warriors wait to board the boat to the tournament.
He is one of the few people who believe the authenticity of Johnny Cage's martial arts. After Cage mentions seeing Lean fight in London and being impressed by his skills, Lean replies "I saw a couple of your films. Listen: you can't fake those moves." Cage, smirking, mentions that he should tell that to the press. Prior to the tournament, he joins Cage, Liu Kang, and Sonya Blade at a feast gathering. During a demonstration of things to come when the tournament begins, both Lean and Cage express shock and discomfort after witnessing Sub-Zero freeze a minion and causing him to shatter into pieces.
Later in the film, despite Cage, Liu Kang, and Sonya cheering him on in the crowd, he is slain by Goro in battle, and his soul becomes absorbed by Shang Tsung. Learning from Lean's battle with the Shokan prince, Cage devises a plan and later avenges him when he challenges and kills Goro.
Art's soul is freed along with all of the souls that Shang Tsung had stolen when Shang Tsung is killed in the final battle of the tournament.
Art Lean is portrayed by actor Kenneth Edwards.
In Mortal Kombat: A Novel, based on the movie's original script, Art Lean plays a bigger role in the story. His fight at London (mentioned by Cage) is shown, as well his invitation to the tournament. He far outclasses most Earthrealm warriors, making it past the extremally big stairway without resting. When waiting for the tournament to start he engages in battle with four Earthrealm warriors who were mocking his kata, even though he didn't want to fight between them but with them against Outworld. Art Lean also witness the fight between Cage and Scorpion and at the end of it asks the actor to teach him the Shadow Kick, but is killed by Goro before having the chance to learn it. It is mentioned Art Lean was granted the right to fight Goro because he was the resident of Earthrealm with most victories up to that point. Goro also shows respect for him, congratulating the warrior for the fight before killing him.