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Super Mario Bros. Producer Responds To Chris Pratt Casting Backlash

Back in late September, the main cast of Illumination’s animated Super Mario Bros. movie was announced, and arguably the biggest surprise was that Chris Pratt had been selected to play Mario himself. To say reaction to this casting choice was mixed would be an understatement, with many feeling that the Guardians of the Galaxy actor is not the right fit to voice Nintendo’s famous Koopa and Goomba-stomping plumber. Now Illumination president Chris Meledandri, who’s a producer on the Super Mario Bros. movie, has responded to this backlash.

After describing the voice that Chris Pratt will use for his take on Mario as “phenomenal,” here’s what Chris Meledandri had to say to TooFab about the concerns that the actor’s take on the character’s over-the-top accent could be problematic:

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. Yeah so that’s our nod.


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