‘Super Mario’ Producer Says Chris Pratt’s Italian Accent Won’t Be Offensive

Chris Pratt’s Italian accent for the next Super Mario the film will not be offensive, claimed producer Chris Meledandri.

The casting of Pratt as Mario and Charlie Day as Luigi was immediately criticized by fans, given that neither actor is Italian. But Meledandri has since tried to allay those concerns.

“We’re working with Chris and his experienced team to create not just a character-licensed movie, but new entertainment that brings Super Mario Bros. to life on screen and lets everyone enjoy whether they know it or not. the game,” the producer said at the CineEurope convention in Barcelona. [via Deadline].

“When people hear Chris Pratt’s performance, the criticism will evaporate, maybe not entirely – people like to voice their opinions, as they should.”

He continued, “I’m not sure it’s the smartest defense, but as someone who has Italian-American heritage, I feel like I can make this decision without worrying about offending the Italians or the Italians. Italian-Americans… I think we’re going to be fine.

Super Mario Odyssey. CREDIT: Nintendo

Meledandri went on to say that the upcoming Nintendo game adaptation is “unlike any movie Illumination has made to date.”

This isn’t the first time the producer has defended Pratt’s casting in the film, having previously described his voice for the character as “phenomenal.”

Commenting on his collaboration with Universal and Illumination, Nintendo’s Representative Director Shigeru Miyamoto said, “The production so far is constructive and going very well, and both parties are learning a lot from each other. other.

“We humbly ask fans to wait a little longer for the premiere, and hope they can’t wait to see Super Mario Bros.’ unique characters on the big screen.”

The animation, which also stars Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Jack Black as Bowser, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong and Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, recently had its release date pushed back to April 7, 2023. , having originally aimed to premiere in December 2022.

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