Chris Pratt reacts to the controversy over his role as Mario in the Super Mario Bros. movie. because he is not of Italian origin
Chris Pratt has opened up about landing the role of Mario in the upcoming Super Mario Bros. movie, as he’s not of Italian descent.
The Minnesota native, 43, spoke to Variety on Wednesday about the idea that some people might be put off by the accent he uses to play the famous video game plumber, as a number of people took to social media last fall, skeptical of the casting decision.
“I worked very closely with the directors and tried a few things and landed on something that I’m really proud of,” Pratt said, “and I can’t wait for people to see and hear.”
Latest: Chris Pratt, 43, has opened up about landing the role of Mario in the upcoming Super Mario Bros. movie because he’s not Italian. He was photographed in Los Angeles on Wednesday
The Guardians of the Galaxy main man clarified that the film is “not a live-action movie” but “an animated voice-over narrative”, adding, “I’m not going to wear a plumber costume everywhere “. ‘
The Jurassic World Dominion actor said he “provides a voice for an animated character, and it’s updated and unlike anything you’ve heard before in the Mario world.”
One of the film’s producers, Chris Meledandri, told TooFab last November of Pratt’s performance, “All I can tell you is that the voice he does for us, and Mario, is phenomenal.” Yeah, can’t wait for people to hear it.
Meledandri said that “as an Italian-American” he understood “the comments”, adding that “Charlie Day, who plays Luigi, actually comes from Italian heritage”. Yeah so that’s our nod.
Pratt set to voice Mario role in upcoming animated film
Pratt said of his work in the film, “I worked very closely with the directors and tried a few things and landed on something that I’m really proud of and can’t wait for the people see and hear”
Meledandri told the outlet that the accent issue would be covered “in the film,” adding, “So you’ll see we definitely acquiesce in that.”
He said Pratt would not say lines such as “It’s me, Mario”, noting, “That’s not the tenor of the performance throughout the movie.”
In addition to Pratt and Day, the film’s cast will include Jack Black as Bowser, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, and Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, among others.
Last fall, Nintendo released a promo for the upcoming movie.
A number of Twitter users were skeptical of the casting decision when it was announced last year