On one hand, he's already a star lord who tames dinosaurs; on the other... is he really gonna do that Italian accent?
It's official: Chris Pratt is the voice of Mario, and the internet is.... undecided.
Illumination and Nintendo unveiled a pretty stellar cast for the new upcoming animated Super Mario Bros. film on Thursday, with one casting choice in particular causing a stir.
Charlie Day will play eternal-second fiddle brother Luigi; The Queens Gambit's Anya Taylor-Joy takes on another royal posting as Princess Peach; Seth Rogen seems pretty spot on as Donkey Kong; Keegan-Michael Key will voice the adorable but equally irritating Toad; no one will argue with Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, despite the apparent age difference; and there was universal excitement at Jack Black taking on kidnap-obsessed bad guy Bowser:
But it was Pratt in the lead as Mario Mario that had most people talking: some for, and some against.
Many Nintendo fans were upset that the voice actor behind the videogame character, Charles Martinet, didn't get a look in.
Others appeared to be annoyed an Italian actor wasn't chosen... although this argument becomes tricky as Mario himself is a Japanese creation (and indeed, even Martinet himself is American of French descent).
More still just seemed to be irked by Pratt, full stop:
ive always kind of felt that you cant make mario the main character because he doesn't have any flaws or struggles. nintendo have tackled this writing dilemma by establishing the character flaw of being voiced by chris pratt
Man I’m not even watching the Nintendo Direct yet but lemme say: Fuck this casting celebrities as video game characters in their movies thing. Let Roger Craig Smith be Sonic, let Charles Martinet be Mario, no one wants to see them reinvent Mario to act like Chris Pratt.
I need to talk about this. As someone who cares closely about this series, I feel like Chris Pratt's Mario is a genuine insult to 25 years of history and is a legitimate detriment to the legacy of Mario, something Charles Martinet has helped build. #BringBackMariopic.twitter.com/HemdDpyXbj
Like I was telling my friend last night... Chris Pratt as Mario makes perfect sense. 🤣 Chris Pratt is Star Lord. What does Mario collect? Stars! That makes him a Star Lord. Chris Pratt tames Dinosaurs in Jurassic World. What does Mario ride? Yoshi the Dinosaur.