The gaming world is looking forward to this Super Mario Animated film debut, the team working on Nintendo’s first real foray into cinema reassures fans that things are going well. That is the case for Illumination CEO and Super Mario Producer Chris Meledandri, who again jumped to defend Chris Pratt’s casting.
Originally expected as a Christmas 2022 release, the Super Mario Movie (unofficial title) was officially postponed a few months ago by none other than Shigeru Miyamoto himself in a somewhat cryptic tweet. Promising that the end result would be “worth the wait,” Miyamoto’s role as producer seemed to reflect Nintendo’s philosophy in approaching games, and now its production partner has backed that statement with a new update on the novelty of the world’s most famous plumber Adventure.
During Barcelona CineEurope, Meledandri made rounds to promote his studio Minions: The Rise of Gru, release next week. Of course, he also answered a few Mario questions, reaffirming his belief in Pratt’s suitability for the role because the actor “did such a strong performance.” The CEO confirmed that Pratt was cast because the studio believed he could be a great Mario and that “we did about 15 recording sessions,” which turned out pretty good, especially considering the film is “three quarters done.” is done.
Addressing the controversy that Pratt was playing a fictional stereotypical Italian character, Meledandri clarified that as an Italian-American himself he felt confident in casting Pratt. “I feel like I can make this decision without worrying about offending Italians or Italian Americans […] I think we’ll be fine,” said Meledandri. Pratt’s casting has consistently prompted countless criticisms and memes that certainly didn’t hit the rest of him Mario Co-stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day, Jack Black, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogen and Fred Armisen.
Aside from his lack of Italian heritage, Pratt’s role has been challenged by what James Gunn describes as completely false beliefs about the actor, as well as frustration at another occasion on a major Hollywood production that passed on more experienced voice actors. Although he is guaranteed a place in the film, for a long time Super Mario Voice actor Charles Martinet didn’t get the lead role, although many might think his iconic Mario portrayal wouldn’t fit into a movie as perfectly as it has in Nintendo products of the last 3 decades.
One thing is for sure, and that is that Nintendo needs to improve its game. movies like Sonic the Hedgehog 2 continue to raise the bar for video game adaptations, and few would expect a worse performance from the greatest gaming icon of them all.
That Super Mario Bros. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on April 7, 2023.
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