Mario Bros. original star John Leguizamo has criticized the cast of the recent 3D animated version and thinks Hollywood is going backwards.
The number of voices opposed to the upcoming reboot is growing as the original Super Mario Bros star John Leguizamo is criticizing the film’s voice actors. Leguizamo starred in the 1993 Nintendo game adaptation as Luigi Mario, an Italian-American plumber and brother of the protagonist, who has been transported to an alternate dimension. named Dinohattan, led by King Koopa of Dennis Hopper. The Super Mario Bros movie will serve as the starting point for an interconnected cinematic universe of Nintendo characters, with Chris Pratt leading the Mario film’s voice-over cast.
In a recent interview with IndieWire, Leguizamo reflected on his time working on the Super Mario Bros. While looking forward to the upcoming animated film, former actor Luigi made the decision to cast a white actor in the lead role, feeling it was a “backward” step in representing the film’s POC.
The casting of Pratt as Mario in The Super Mario Bros Movie has been criticized for a variety of reasons, from the lack of a real Italian-American in the role to the lackluster performance in the recently released trailer. . Renowned voice actress Tara Strong has spoken out against casting, feeling that longtime Mario game voice actor Charles Martinet should have reprised the role for the animated film instead of the star. of Jurassic World. On the other hand, Khary Payton, who voiced the King of Penguins, defended Pratt’s work in The Super Mario Bros. to know and love.
No matter which side the audience leans on in the debate regarding Pratt’s work, many will no doubt feel that Leguizamo is ultimately right in his criticism of the Super Mario Bros. Even if Pratt’s entire work in the role didn’t turn out as terrible as it did in the trailer, casting a single white actor for the role instead of one with orthodox Italian ancestry made disappointing lack of comprehensiveness in the film’s roster. While Leguizamo may not have any Italian heritage of his own, at least he brought a sense of variety to the character in Super Mario Bros. opens up the idea of a well-rounded cast, but doesn’t capitalize on it properly.
With the split over the film being less than a year away, the question now is whether the Super Mario Bros movie will suffer at the box office due to the backlash from the cast. Unlike Sonic the Hedgehog before it, Nintendo’s animated film has no interest in completely redesigning its protagonist to better match audience expectations, and with the weeks leading up to its release John Wick: Chapter 4, Shazam! Fury of the Gods and Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, it will have a lot of competition to overcome to prove to the game publisher that a new movie adaptation is a good idea. Only time will tell when Super Mario Bros. in theaters on April 7, 2023.