Original Super Mario Bros. Movie Star Shares Strong Words for Chris Pratt Casting

One of the stars of the original Super Mario Bros. movie has some strong words about Chris Pratt’s casting and the new upcoming animated movie. Video game adaptations are all the rage these days. Sony kicked off 2022 with the long-awaited film adaptation of Not chartedthe studio has a nice TV series based on The Last of Us coming in 2023, and many more. However, it used to be much harder for a video game adaptation to come out and be really good. Hollywood studios would take an IP and mess with it too much, try to find a way to make it marketable to everyone, and it would go down in history as something astonishingly bad. That’s exactly what happened with the live action Super Mario Bros. movie released in 1993.

As we approach the release of the much more accurate-looking animated film starring Chris Pratt, John Leguizamo (who played Luigi in the 1993 film) had some choice words. When talk to IndieWire, he expressed his displeasure with the new Mario Brothers, calling it a step backwards as he thinks it should be another actor of color. He also stated that he has been told that people loved the Mario movie he starred in and that people “don’t feel” the new animated movie. Considering the original movie has a 29% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is widely regarded as one of the worst video game movies out there, we’re not sure who’s telling him that, but that’s what he’s claiming!

“I’m OG. A lot of people like the original. I did Comic-Con in New York and Baltimore, and everyone was like, ‘No, no, we like the old one, the original.’ They don’t feel the new one,” said Leguizamo. “I’m not bitter. It’s unfortunate. […] The directors Annabel Jankel and Rocky Morton fought very hard for me to play the lead role, because I was a Hispanic man, and they [the studio] didn’t want me to be the lead. They fought really hard, and it was such a breakthrough. For them to back off and not cast another [actor of color] a little shit.”

At this point, the jury is still out on the new Mario movie. It seems much more faithful to the source material, even if Chris Pratt’s role as the Italian plumber has caused some feverish discussions. Nevertheless, Pratt is supported by a truly talented cast that includes Jack Black, Charlie Day, and Seth Rogen.

What do you think of the previous Mario movie and are you looking forward to the new one? Let me know in the comments or give me a call Twitter @Cade_Onder.

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