The director of the Super Mario Bros. movie has come to the rescue of Chris Pratt’s voice role, that of the titular plumber. In an interview with Total Film Magazine, co-director Aaron Horvath claimed that the casting “made complete sense”, noting that it is an origin story of plumber brothers Mario and Luigi – two ‘blue-collar guys.. .from a family of immigrants’, who are active in Brooklyn, New York City. Pratt was cast as Mario during a Nintendo Direct event held in 2021, which was immediately met with criticism from fans. Some of this carried over into the trailer, when it was revealed that the actors were just playing themselves, pronouncing certain words in an Italian manner. “Let’s-A-Go” from the second trailer is a good example of this.
“For us, it made complete sense,” Horvath said in the interview. “He is really good at playing the blue-collar hero with a lot of heart. The way Mario is portrayed in our movie, he’s perfect for this. In The Super Mario Bros. Movie, plumber brothers Mario (Pratt) and Luigi (Charlie Day) are known for making cheesy commercials, and at some point, devolve into the Mushroom Kingdom. That’s where our titular Italian plumber meets Princess Peach (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Todd (Keegan-Michael Key), and wages war against the villainous Bowser (Jack Black) – running through obstacles and the vibrant Rainbow Road running through. A trailer from last year showed Bowser holding Luigi captive and trying to extract information about his brother Mario.
“When you play the game, if you don’t give up, Mario will be successful,” Horvath said, elaborating on the immigrant aspect. “So we moved that player experience from the game into featuring Mario [in the movie] Since The Super Mario Bros. Movie is not a direct adaptation of any of the game’s stories, the filmmakers had to experiment differently with their arcs. But addressed fans’ concerns, saying, “Chris was cast because we thought he could give a great performance as Mario. And now that we’ve done about 15 recording sessions, and the movie is three-quarters done, I sit here and say I love his performance as Mario. Additionally, having Pratt’s name attached is bound to bring more attention to the Nintendo film.
That said, it’s not just fans who are concerned about Pratt’s role in The Super Mario Bros. Movie. Last year, actor John Leguizamo (John Wick: Chapter 2) expressed his disappointment with the film, claiming it went ‘backwards’ due to two white actors voicing Italian characters. Leguizamo played Luigi in the 1993 live-action Super Mario Bros. Movie.
Meanwhile, Charles Martinet, who voiced Mario in the original video game, will play various supporting characters in the upcoming film. Last week, Nintendo announced a new Direct event to show off the final trailer for The Super Mario Bros. Movie. The presentation will go live on March 10 at 3:30 am IST/ March 9 at 2 pm PT on their official YouTube channels in the US.
The Super Mario Bros. movie release date was recently brought forward by two days, and will now drop on April 5 in theaters worldwide.
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