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John Leguizamo called Mario’s casting of Chris Pratt ‘unfortunate’

John Leguizamo called Mario’s casting of Chris Pratt ‘unfortunate’

John Leguizamo Think casting for Super Mario Bros. Movie A step in the wrong direction.


Leguizamo played Mario’s brother Luigi 30 years earlier in the 1993 live-action adaptation of the Nintendo video game opposite Bob Hoskins as Mario. An upcoming animated version directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Zelenik stars Chris Pratt As lead, with Charlie Day as Luigi. The voice cast also includes Jack Black, Keegan-Michael Key, Anya Taylor-Joy, Seth Rogen and Fred Armisen.


talking to IndiewireLeguizamo, 62, called the casting “unfortunate” after his “breakthrough” performance in the 1993 version.


“Directors Annabelle Zankel and Rocky Morton fought really hard to cast me as the lead because I was a Latino and [the studio] I didn’t want to lead. They fought really hard, and it was such a success,” list Actor Dr. “For them to go backwards and not cast others [actor of color] Kind of sucks.”


He added, “A lot of people love the original. I’ve done Comic-Con in New York and in Baltimore, and everyone’s like, ‘No, no, we love the old one, the original.’ They don’t feel new. I’m not bitter. It’s unfortunate.”




In John Leguizamo and Bob Hoskins SUPER MARIO BROS. (1993).
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Nintendo and Illumination announced in September 2021 that Pratt, 43, was Cast in the animated movie to play Mario, the traditionally Italian plumber of the popular video game franchise that originated in Japan. He gave voice to the leadership The Lego Movie Franchises and Disney/Pixar aheadAnd so will Pratt The orange cat is behind Garfield In an upcoming film.


sharing First trailer on Instagram Last month, Pratt wrote, “After years of playing the game as a kid (and adult) I’m excited to bring Mario to you all! Enjoy!”



After some fans questioned why Pratt was cast in the role, Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri told TooFab Audiences will be pleasantly surprised by his performance last November.


“All I can tell you is the voice that he’s doing for us and Mario is amazing. I can’t wait for people to hear it,” he said at the time, adding the accent that’s usually depicted with the character, “Well, a As an Italian American, I understand. You know, I understand the comments.”


“We cover it in the movie, so you can see that we’re definitely nodding to it,” Meledandri explained of the accent, though he said, “It’s not during the performance throughout the film.”


Super Mario Bros. Movie In theaters April 7.


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