Chris Pratt voices Mario in the new animated Super Mario Bros. and the internet has a parcel opinions on this. Even Chris Pratt himself weighed in.
Shortly after it was announced that Pratt had been cast as Mario, it became apparent that the red-clad, mustached plumber had his work cut out for him as the internet grew. flooded with reactions, memes and jokes about the seemingly controversial casting choice. Some supported the decision while others sighed “mamma mia” in response to the news.
A few people reflected on Pratt’s previous acting roles and found it hard to imagine how the actor would play the famous fictional plumber to deliver the character’s signature Italian accent. Pratt, however, assured fans on Instagram that he is “working hard” to get Mario’s right voice because the role is a “dream come true” for him. However, he clarifies that “You will have to wait to hear the voice.”
When announcing the casting, you could tell that the internet was doing what the internet does best, as Twitter users produced various memes, jokes, and videos that would make people Luigi-hee-hee’ing For days :
is it a him, mario pic.twitter.com/ic53Y0iof0
– LightTophat (@LightTophat) September 23, 2021
Super Mario Bros The Movie (2022, Illuminated) pic.twitter.com/hYdC2TT7pn
– Jon Cortazar (@Jon_Cortazar) September 24, 2021
“Sorry Mario, but the princess is in another castle”
End of the movie pic.twitter.com/8yWyO17KhL
– Diago / Yamatoî¨ (@ Springtrap211th) September 23, 2021
First look at Mario and Yoshi in Super Mario Bros. (2022) pic.twitter.com/zskHGVTNH0
– Chebi | â0ââ (@MrChebi) September 23, 2021
Chris Pratt’s film career pic.twitter.com/huD1guAIsc
– Commodore 64. Just another primordial aspid (@JAPA___________) September 23, 2021
Of course, the answers weren’t just limited to Pratt being portrayed as Mario:
“Chris Pratt to voice Mario in upcoming new Mario movie” pic.twitter.com/lB3trL2r2U
– Kira ~ (@Sadcrib) September 23, 2021
Chris Pratt plays Mario pic.twitter.com/KiWVoVkY5z
– Vincent Martella (@ VinMan17) September 23, 2021
I can’t wait for this pic.twitter.com/AGdnwsP3yP
– Moderately Agree @ FFXIV (@ModeratelyOkCos) September 23, 2021
Danny Devito should have been Mario and not Chris Pratt, we were robbed. pic.twitter.com/SRYjIRgfjI
– Lucina (Pause) ð¦ð²ð½ðºð¸ð³ï¸âð (@LucinaDraws) September 23, 2021
Mario: Chris Pratt
Bowser: Jack Black pic.twitter.com/OYX6SYSRGR
– Ash Parrish (@adashtra) September 23, 2021
Charlie Day as Luigi INSTANTLY made me draw this!
“Can we talk about the Boos !? Let’s talk about the Boos, I’m dying to talk about the Boos! ” pic.twitter.com/zOYiP8jdRb
– Mario Ramirez (Committees OPEN) (@ Marioshi64) September 23, 2021
– InsertNameHere (@ krazykorean90) September 23, 2021
Many people were stunned that Charles Martinet, aka the person who voiced Mario and several other video game characters since the ’90s, was featured in the star-studded lineup but was assigned a series of surprise cameos in the film. rather than the beloved characters he’s famous for.
âWITH CHARLES MARTINET’S SURPRISE CAMEOSâ?!?!?!?!? !!!?
MARIO’S VOICE WILL BE A SURPRISE CAMEO IN THE * MARIO * IM SICK MOVIE pic.twitter.com/jCScaEbo2U
– Zeno Robinson: Seirin # 10 Kagadummy (@childishgamzeno) September 23, 2021
Maybe Charles Martinet’s surprise cameo in the movie Mario will take over from Chris Pratt after the first 5 minutes?
Chris can play Mario’s “just got out of bed” voice. pic.twitter.com/CLO4DUyZHV
– rabbidluigi (@rabbidluigi) September 23, 2021
society if they just let charles martinet voice mario https://t.co/hD263tz4fh pic.twitter.com/MqyEr4zP44
– minnah zaheer (@mazatx) September 23, 2021
Aside from Pratt and Martinet, the rest of the film’s vocal cast includes Anya Taylor-Joy as Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, and Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong. Additionally, Kevin Michael Richardson will play Kamek, Fred Armisen will play Cranky Kong, and Sebastian Maniscalco will play Foreman Spike.
Casting director Kevin T. Porter has apparently responded to reactions from trending hashtags, as he shared a tweet the day after the announcement went viral. âHey, it’s me, the casting director of the new Mario movie,â he wrote. “I am really proud of the choices we made with the whole team and we are more than happy to tell this story!”
Every video game movie in development (almost)
For a recap of everything announced to Nintendo Direct on Thursday, check out our full recap here. To learn more about the movie Super Mario Bros. From Illumination, find out how the next film, due out in December 2022, will incorporate Maniscalco’s Foreman Spike, a character from the NES and the arcade game Wrecking Crew.
Adele Ankers is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.
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