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Chris Pratt's potrayal of Mario won't have an Italian accent, says film's producer

Mario Bros. film co-producer Chris Meledandri says Mario's lack of accent is actually addressed in the movie.


There have been a lot of odd and questionable decisions regarding the upcoming Super Mario Bros. movie (alongside some really good ones, like casting Jack Black as Bowser). However, Chris Pratt as Mario has often been at the center of contention, and it seems that will continue to remain the case as it was recently revealed that Pratt actually won’t be giving Mario a thick Italian accent. It’s addressed in the film and doesn’t fit the performance, says co-producer Chris Meledandri.

Meledandri spoke to some of the decisions behind Pratt’s Super Mario performance in a recent conversation with toofab, where he revealed Pratt wouldn’t be leaning too hard into the “It’s-a-me” signature Mario voice from Charles Martinet that many are familiar with and fond of.

“As an Italian American myself, I understand, You know, I understand the comments…" Meledandri explained. "We cover it in the movie, so you'll see we definitely nod to that. [but] that's not the tenor of the performance throughout the film.”

Despite the above explanation, Meledandri remains convinced that viewers will love Pratt’s performance once they see it.

“All I can tell you is the voice that [Pratt]'s doing for us, and Mario, is phenomenal,” he added.

The cast list for the Super Mario Bros. movie is a pretty star-studded affair, notably with Charles Martinet relegated to a cameo role.
The cast list for the Super Mario Bros. movie is a pretty star-studded affair, notably with longtime Mario voice actor Charles Martinet relegated to a cameo role.

Despite Meledandri’s insistence, it will likely come as a further disappointment to fans of Mario, especially with Charles Martinet actually having been cast in the movie, only as a cameo instead. Heck, the address of accents in the movie could easily be related to whatever Martinet’s appearance will be in it. That said, it sounds like anyone hoping to hear Pratt do his best at a traditional Mario voice is going to be out of luck. Strangely, Meledandri suggested it’s not the case for Luigi, who will be played by Charlie Day.

“Charlie Day, who's playing Luigi, actually comes from Italian heritage. Yeah, so that’s our nod,” Meledandri added.

Interesting and odd choices aside, the Super Mario Bros. movie is being closely overseen by Nintendo and is slated for launch around holiday 2022. Stay tuned for more details and further upcoming reveals of the film right here at Shacknews.

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      November 23, 2021 10:50 AM

      What is even happening

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      November 23, 2021 10:51 AM

      As if "official canon" Mario is Italian

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        November 23, 2021 2:44 PM

        "It's a me, Mario?"

        Sounds pretty stereotypical Italian to me.

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        November 23, 2021 2:51 PM

        Have you played any Mario games in the last 10 years?

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          November 23, 2021 2:56 PM

          The true Mario is captain Lou, or the reasonable facsimile of him that the cartoons did. The games however turned him into some Elmo ass wannabe

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            November 23, 2021 4:08 PM

            Nintendo went with a Mickey Mouse-inspired performance rather than the Hop-in-my-van-little-kids-I-have-candy vibe that Captain Lou's dulcet tones may or may not have given off.

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      November 23, 2021 10:54 AM

      Shoot now I think this movie might be bad

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      November 23, 2021 10:58 AM

      Was this really a consideration? Captain Lou Albano didn't fake an Italian accent either.

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      November 23, 2021 11:01 AM

      An animated Mario talking like a person is fucked up.

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      November 23, 2021 11:04 AM

      Chris Pratt sucks. Was good for a solid year or two but now all I see is ultra right wing, gun toting, Christian rock music listening, Anna Farris leaving, same guy in every movie.

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        November 23, 2021 2:54 PM

        Make America a'great again! Wahoo, here we go!

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      November 23, 2021 12:39 PM

      so then it's just his lego character voice? that's lame

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      November 23, 2021 12:43 PM

      calm down everybody, hes going to do a russian accent

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      November 23, 2021 12:56 PM

      version 1 of this movie sucked ass. version 2 will be on par

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      November 23, 2021 1:04 PM

      It never occurred to me that they’d pay for these big names just to use accents. I’m expecting it to be more like the Lego movies, pretty silly.

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      November 23, 2021 1:18 PM

      Mama mia

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      November 23, 2021 2:14 PM

      He should use the accent / catchphrase in the other roles, It's-a-me-a-starlord

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      November 23, 2021 2:15 PM

      I wonder if this is going to be their version of the Sonic movie where they have to go back and change it after everyone hears the voice.

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      November 23, 2021 2:17 PM


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      November 23, 2021 2:47 PM

      This movie will only be good for one thing -- memes. haha

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      November 23, 2021 4:14 PM

      I'm reserving judgement until I see what they're actually doing with it.

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      November 23, 2021 4:49 PM

      Well excuse me princess.

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