Nintendo and Illumination announced exactly two months ago that Chris Pratt would be speaking to Mario in the upcoming Mario movie. For those eight weeks, the conversation about that choice has focused on the famous plumber’s accent. Will he do the traditional Mario accent or will he do something else?
In a new interview with TooFab, Mario film co-producer Chris Meledandri defended Pratt’s casting call and called his voice for Mario phenomenal.
“All I can tell you is the voice he does for us and Mario is phenomenal,” said Meledandri TooFab. “Yeah, I can’t wait for people to hear it.”
TooFab asked the producer about the decision to cast Pratt, a non-Italian, as an Italian plumber. Meledandri said he is an Italian American and understands some of the feelings people have about the cast choice. He said Charlie Day, an Italian cast as Luigi, was a nod to the famous plumber duo’s Italian background.
However, Meledandri adds that you can expect the Mario movie to touch the Italian accent, or rather the lack of it.
“We cover it in the movie,” he said. “So you will see that we definitely agree.”
Meledandri also said that one shouldn’t expect Pratt’s performance to focus too much on “It’s a-me, Mario!” Side of the character made popular by Charles Martinet, who has been the voice of Mario for decades.
While you wait to hear from Pratt’s Mario, check out the full cast list for the Mario movie from Illumination.
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