Chris Pratt will not make Italian accent in ‘Super Mario Bros.’

According to Super Mario Bros. film co-producer Chris Meledandri, Chris Pratt does not want an Italian accent for his title role as Mario. In a recent interview with TooFab, Meledandri assures fans that Pratt’s vocal work in the upcoming animated film is “phenomenal” – it may just not sound like what you would expect.

“All I can tell you is the voice he makes for us in Mario is phenomenal,” Meledandri said. “Yes, I can not wait for people to hear it.” However, he strongly suggested that Pratt not dive into the classic “It’s a-me, Mario!” voice that the public associates with the Italian plumber character from endless Nintendo games.

That said, the accent will be incorporated into the film in a different, more self-referential way. “We cover [that accent] in the film, so you will see that we definitely nod to it – but it is not the tenor of the performance throughout the film. ”

The decision to cast Pratt in the role of Mario was divisive. Since Pratt is not Italian, he may be inclined to play into worn-out stereotypes. “Well, as an Italian American, I understand that well. You know, I understand the comments,” Meledandri said. “Charlie Day, who plays Luigi, actually comes from an Italian heritage. Yes, so that’s our nod.”

Pratt is joined by Day as Luigi, Anya Taylor-Joy as Peach, Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong and Sebastian Maniscalco as Foreman Spike . The film is produced by Meledandri’s Illumination Entertainment, with Super Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto also involved as a producer.

The currently untitled Mario Bros. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on December 21, 2022.

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