Recalling similar comments from the producer of the upcoming Super Mario movie made last fall, actor Chris Pratt – who will voice the famous plumber – said in a recent interview that his role will be “unlike anything you’ve heard.” Talk to Diversity to promote his upcoming Amazon Prime Video series Terminal listPratt also briefly mentioned the Nintendo movie.
“I worked really closely with the directors to try a few things and land on something that I’m really proud of and can’t wait for people to see and hear,” Pratt said. “It’s an animated dubbed story. It’s not a live-action movie. I’m not going to be running around in a plumber’s suit. I’m providing the voice for an animated character, and it’s updated and unlike anything you’ve heard of in the Mario world before.”
In November, Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri called Pratt’s voice for Mario a “phenomenon,” adding that he “can’t wait for people to hear it.” Meledandri, an Italian-American, also told Limit line this week, “When people hear Chris Pratt’s performance, the criticism [against Pratt as a non-Italian person] will disappear, maybe not entirely… people like to have opinions, as they should. “
After being cast last September, Pratt said he has a special connection to Super Mario Bros. As a kid living in Lake Stevens, Washington, he would play the original video game at the laundromat. According to Pratt, he rarely has a quarter to play with, so will steal them from a wish well.
The untitled Mario movie is slated to release in April 2023.
Mario movie actors:
- Chris Pratt as Mario
- Anya Taylor-Joy as Peach
- Charlie Day as Luigi
- Jack Black as Bowser
- Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong
- Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek
- Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike
- Keegan-Michael Key as Toad
- Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong
- Charles Martinet in “surprise cameo”
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