MCU star Chris Pratt is no stranger to making headlines. Whether it’s for his massive salaries, his love life, or anything in between, Pratt regularly generates a lot of media coverage.
Pratt stole headlines when it was announced that he was going to be voicing Super Mario on the big screen. John Leguizamo, who played Luigi in the ’90s live-action flop, has been outspoken about Pratt and the cast of the upcoming animated film, and we have the details below!
‘The Super Mario Bros Movie’ With Chris Pratt Is Set For Release In 2023
Next year, The Super Mario Bros. Movie will be heading into theaters with the intention of becoming one of the few video game movies that isn’t outright terrible.
The animated film, which features names like Chris Pratt and Jack Black looks solid at this point, and after the success of Sonic the Hedgehog, we could see a major win for Nintendo once this film hits theaters.
To be honest, many people were furious with Chris Pratt being cast as the iconic plumber, and this negativity only grew louder after the first official teaser was released.
Pratt sounds nothing like the character, and many fans are unsure of how this will negatively affect the movie once it’s on the big screen.
Producer Chris Meledandri, however, has stood his ground on the decision to cast Pratt as Super Mario.
“We are collaborating with Chris and his experienced team to not just create a character-licensed film, but a new piece of entertainment which brings ‘Super Mario Bros.’ to life on the screen, and allows everyone to enjoy whether or not they know about the game. When people hear Chris Pratt’s performance, the criticism will evaporate, maybe not entirely — people love to voice opinions, as they should,” Meledandri said.
The chatter around this film is only going to grow as we head towards its release date, and some of that chatter will be about how this film will look to right the sins of the IP’s past.
John Leguizamo Starred In The 1993 Film
In 1993, Super Mario Bros. hit theaters looking to become a huge hit at the box office while capitalizing on the success of the video game franchise. Spoiler alert: that didn’t happen.
The 1993 film has lived on in infamy during the last 29 years. It was panned critically, and it was not a success at the box office. Despite this, however, the film has maintained a loyal fan base.
Super Mario Bros. does have a cult following to this day, but it’s hardly considered a classic.
John Leguizamo starred as Luigi in the film, and while it’s not his biggest hit, he still holds that film near and dear to his heart.
When speaking with IndieWire, Leguizamo expressed his feelings about the new film, even taking a shot at Pratt and the cast.
Leguizamo Has Been Critical Of Pratt’s Casting
According to the actor, “I’m O.G. A lot of people love the original. I did Comic-Con in New York and in Baltimore, and everyone’s like, ‘No, no, we love the old one, the original.’ They’re not feeling the new one. I’m not bitter. It’s unfortunate.”
The actor then dished on the importance of his casting back in the ’90s, and how the new film did a poor job in doing the same.
“The directors Annabel Jankel and Rocky Morton fought really hard for me to be the lead because I was a Latin man, and they [the studio] didn’t want me to be the lead. They fought really hard, and it was such a breakthrough,” he continued.
Prior to this interview, Leguizamo had been critical of the film on social media, per The Independent.
“Too bad they went all white! No Latinx in the leads! Groundbreaking color-blind casting in original! Plus I’m the only one who knows how to make this movie work script-wise,” he previously wrote.
There have been those that have agreed with the actor, but others have pointed out that the cast isn’t all white, as the actor stated. The cast, for instance, does feature names like Keegan-Michael Key and Kevin Michael Richardson.
The Super Mario Bros Movie has a ton of potential, but clearly, there will be those who will be more than happy to skip out on watching it.