/Super Mario Bros. Movie’s Chris Pratt Defends Voice Cast Decisions

Super Mario Bros. Movie’s Chris Pratt Defends Voice Cast Decisions

In an interview with Extra TV, both Charlie Day and Chris Pratt talk about the upcoming Super Mario Bros. movie and the continued criticism it’s received over its casting choice (thanks, NintendoLife). Namely, Chris Pratt.

Check out the final trailer for the Super Mario Bros. movie here!

Unless you’ve been living under some kind of colossal rock for the past few months, you know full well that the marketing for the Super Mario Bros. movie has increased. From Mario-themed Amazon packaging to a collaboration with LUSH, Mario truly knows no limits.

That said, you’re probably also aware of the backlash the voice cast for the Super Mario Bros. movie has received. It all started with Chris Pratt saying his voice for Mario is “unlike anything you’ve ever heard” and ended with the reveal of Pratt’s voice for Mario; it was, and is, Pratt’s voice.

The criticism increased further when Tara Strong spoke out on the matter, stating that Charles Martinet should take over the role of Mario.

When asked about the film’s cast and the reviews it received, Chris Pratt says, “You know, come see the movie. Go watch the movie and then we can talk.”

“This is a passionate fan base, and it makes sense. I get it, I’m part of it. This is the soundtrack of your youth. You don’t want someone to come along and cynically destroy it like a cash grab. I understand that you don’t want that to happen. There are so many hearts, souls and minds dedicated to making sure that doesn’t happen, doesn’t happen,” she continues.

Chris Pratt adds: “The movie really lives up to the video game. It lives up to the world of Mario and is very promising in terms of what we can expect in the next 10 years, like a whole universe of these types of movies. They are super nostalgic, they are so much fun. It’s Illumination, so they know what they’re doing, and it’s great.”

While I’m not super excited about Chris Pratt as Mario (who is?), I’m glad to hear that they’re already thinking about the future. After all, I’m out here waiting for a Luigi’s Mansion movie with Charlie Day as the star. It would be great.

As for the rest of the Super Mario Bros. movie cast, we have Anya Taylor Joy as Princess Peach, Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, and Seth Rogan as Donkey Kong, to name a few.

Seth Rogan has also stated that his voice for Donkey Kong is just his normal voice (thanks, ComicBook). While being a bit more gruff might have hit the mark better, there’s no denying that the stoner comedy giant is a much better fit for the character of DK than Chris Pratt is for Mario.

Alas, regardless of what people may think about Pratt’s casting, the latest trailers for the movie are nothing short of epic. Walking down Rainbow Road with Jack Black hot on Mario’s heels? The Super Mario Bros. movie deserves a solid chance from all of us.

After all, it will certainly be better than the 1993 Super Mario Bros. movie…