Actor from the live-action Super Mario film detonates animation with Chris Pratt

Mario is getting a new chance in theaters, with Super Mario, an animation that will feature Marvel star Chris Pratt in the voice acting.

However, the star’s voice has been criticized by many fans, who did not like Pratt lending his voice to the character in Nintendo games.

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In a recent interview, the actor who played Luigi in the live-action Super Mario movie, John Leguizamo, criticized a white actor for voicing the famous character. For the actor, this is a step backwards (via ScreenRant🇧🇷

“A lot of people love the original. I did Comic-Con in New York and Baltimore, and everybody said, ‘No, no, we love the old one, the original one.’ They are not liking the new. I’m not bitter. It’s unfortunate,” he said.

“Directors Annabel Jankel and Rocky Morton fought really hard for me to be the lead because I was a Latino man, and the studio didn’t want me to be the lead. They fought hard, and it was a breakthrough. For them to go back and not cast another actor of color sucks,” she concluded.

Critics point to lack of inclusion in the animation

The animated Super Mario Bros. movie hasn’t even premiered and is already surrounded by criticism, which rightly talks about the lack of inclusion in the cast.

The lack of having an Italian-American actor play the role of Mario in the film is one of the biggest, as the accent is the character’s trademark.

Tara Strong, who voiced Harley Quinn in the Batman: Arkham games, spoke out against Pratt taking on the role, and said Charles Martinet should voice it.

However, Khary Payton came to Pratt’s defense, indicating that he is bringing a new vision to Mario in so many years.

Leguizamo criticizes the fact that a non-Italian-American actor is voicing such a beloved character, while the cast lacks a certain representativeness.

Although the live-action star has no Italian roots, he is a Latino actor who played a white character in the 1993 film.

Unlike Super Mario Bros, the cast of the live-action of the same name was more diverse, despite being a major critical and box office failure.

Super Mario Bros. will hit theaters on April 7, 2023.

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