Criticism of Chris Pratt’s Casting as Mario in the Upcoming Super Mario Bros. Movie from Nintendo will likely “evaporate” once people hear his performance for themselves, it has been claimed.
The choice of Hollywood hunk Pratt – star of Marvel, Jurassic World – as Mario raised eyebrows among many fans when it was first announced.
Now Chris Meledandri, boss of animation studio Mario and Minions Illumination, has responded.
“When people hear Chris Pratt’s performance,” Meledandri said Deadline“criticism will evaporate, maybe not entirely – people like to voice their opinions, as they should.”
Fans wondered why Mario’s long-term voice actor wasn’t used instead, and also criticized that the character is Italian-American, while Pratt isn’t.
“I’m not sure it’s the smartest defense,” continued Meledandri, “but as someone who has Italian-American heritage, I think I can make this decision without worrying about offending the Italians. or the Italian-Americans… I think we are going to do very well.”
In April, Nintendo announced that the next movie had been delayed and would now hit theaters next April. Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto announced the heist himself, via Nintendo’s Twitter account.
The new release dates for the film are April 7 (in North America) and April 28 (in Japan).