Mario Movie Producer Defends Cast of Chris Pratt (Once Again), Releases Italian Card

Few advertisements have sent as many shockwaves through the annals of the World Wide Web as that of an eternal idiot who said “Well, this past!” Chris Pratt will be cast as an adorable, pure Mario in Illumination’s upcoming Super Mario Bros. movie. to Illumination’s film producer, Chris Meledandri, what the decision was: specifically about people calling the casting choice because… Pratt isn’t Italian, and Meledandri defended the decision.

“Chris was cast because we thought he could give a great performance as Mario. And now that we’ve done about 15 recording sessions and the movie is three-quarters done, I’m sitting here and I say I love his performance as Mario,” Meledandri said. And he says casting Pratt as Mario is cool because Meledandri is Italian-American so he can state what is or isn’t. offensive to that demographic I guess?

Now, I don’t think it would be an exaggeration to say that over 90% of people who speak out against Pratt’s lack of Italianness do so at least somewhat facetiously. They’re probably more upset about the lack of energy between him and Mario, his known affiliation with a controversial church, and maybe even just Hollywood’s predilection for hiring huge names for roles just because they’re huge names. As an Italian-American myself, it’s kind of funny that they take the jokes at face value – but come on, they really should have chosen Charles Martinet or Danny Devito. Not just for the Italian factor, but because they rule.

Moreover, this wasn’t even the first time Meledandri had defended Pratt’s casting. And yet, we still haven’t heard a single sample of his voice. The longer we go on, the more skeptical I am. But we’ll just have to see when the Mario movie comes out on April 7, 2023.

Written by Amelia Fruzzetti

Writer and Nintendo fan based in Seattle, Washington. When she’s not working for NinWire, she can be found eating pasta, writing stories, and wondering when Mother 3 will finally get an official localization.

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