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Entertainment: Super Mario Bros producer Chris Meledandri defends casting Chris Pratt

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The producer of Super Mario Bros . animated feature defends the casting of Chris Pratt as Mario . It was recently announced that Pratt would be voicing the famed video game character in a new animated film for Nintendo and Illumination Studios. Pratt is joined by co-stars Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black as Bowser, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, and Keegan-Michael Here's what Meledandri had to say: “Well, as an Italian American myself, I understand. You know, I understand the comments. Charlie Day, who's playing Luigi, actually comes from Italian heritage.

According to Mario Bros . co- producer Chris Meledandri , Chris Pratt 's voice performance as the video game legend will win over fans and critics alike. "All I can tell you is the voice that he's doing for us, and Mario , is phenomenal," the 62-year-old insisted upon a recent return to LAX. "Yeah I can't wait for people to hear it." Pratt 's casting as the Japanese-created Italian plumber had some online up in arms, as they braced for the American actor's potentially troublesome take on that over-the-top accent. "Well, as an Italian American myself, I understand," Meledandri conceded. "You know, I understand

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Chris Pratt made headlines in late September when the Seattle-born actor was cast to voice the iconic Italian video game character Mario in a new Super Mario Bros. movie.

Pratt, 42, will be joined by Charlie Day as Mario's plumber brother Luigi, with Anya Taylor-Joy landing the role of Princess Peach.

The casting lead to backlash from the fans for not hiring an Italian (or at least an Italian-American) actor to voice Mario, but one of the film's producers, Illumination Entertainment founder Chris Meledandri, defending the casting in an interview with TooFab.

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Meledandri was interviewed while flying into LAX, when he was asked about Pratt voicing both Mario and the cartoon cat Garfield in another movie.

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According to Mario Bros . co- producer Chris Meledandri , Chris Pratt ’s voice performance as the video game legend will win over fans and critics alike. “All I can tell you is the voice that he’s doing for us, and Mario , is phenomenal,” the 62-year-old insisted upon a recent return to LAX. “Yeah I can’t wait for people to hear it.” Pratt ’s casting as the Japanese-created Italian plumber had some online up in arms, as they braced for the American actor’s potentially troublesome take on that over-the-top accent. “Well, as an Italian American myself, I understand,” Meledandri conceded. “You know, I understand

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'All I can tell you is the voice that he's doing for us, and Mario, is phenomena.. Yeah I can't wait for people to hear it,' Meledandri said.

Meledandri was then asked about the backlash about not hiring an Italian actor to voice Mario.

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'Well, as an Italian American myself, I understand. You know, I understand the comments,' he said.

The producer added that Pratt's co-star Charlie Day, 'actually comes from Italian heritage. Yeah so that's our nod.'

He added that they, 'cover' the accent in the movie, stating, 'So you'll see we definitely nod to that.'

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Though when asked if Pratt will be leaning hard into Mario's signature line, 'It's a-me, Mario,' Meledandri insisted that is not happening.

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Mario Bros Director Chris Meledandri Defends Casting Non-Italian Chris Pratt .

The Super Mario Bros . movie will be produced by Chris Meledandri with Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto. Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, who previously worked on the Teen Titans Go! animated series and movie will be directing. Matthew Fogel, who previously collaborated with Pratt on The But over on Twitter, much of the initial reaction was negative or mocking, with many users honing in on Pratt 's casting . Vincent Martella simply wrote, ' chris pratt is playing mario ,' but then added a popular meme featuring a screenshot of Steve Van Zandt's character Silvio Dante from The Sopranos saying

'That's not the tenor of the performance throughout the film, he said, and when asked if people are going to want to 'cancel' Mario after seeing the film, Meledandri added, 'I don't think so.'

The Mario and Luigi characters first debuted in the Japanese 1983 arcade game Mario Bros. but became known to American gamers with the release of Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1987.

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The game is considered one of the greatest of all time, selling over 50 million copies worldwide and spawning a massive gaming franchise.

The game had previously been adapted into the 1993 live-action Super Mario Bros. film starring Bob Hoskins as Mario and John Leguizamo as Luigi.

The film was such a colossal flop at the box office ($20 million worldwide from a $48 million budget) that Nintendo refused to license any of its games for a live-action movie adaptation for decades, until 2019's Detective Pikachu.

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New Mario actor Chris Pratt has spoken out after it was announced that he would be leading the cast of the animated Super Mario Bros . movie. " Mario and Luigi are two of the most beloved heroes in all of popular culture, and we are honored to have the unique opportunity to work so closely with Shigeru Miyamoto and the widely imaginative team at Nintendo to bring these characters to life in an animated movie, unlike any film Illumination has made to date," Meledandri said of the project.

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This new Super Mario Bros. animated movie also stars Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek and Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike, with a 'surprise cameo' from Charles Martinet.

Martinet is best known for voicing Mario, Luigi and other characters from the Super Mario Bros. franchise in dozens of different video games.

The film will be released in theaters December 21, 2022.

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