Producer reveals Chris Pratt won’t be doing Italian accent for Mario movie

We were already in two minds when Chris Pratt was cast as the lead character in the upcoming Super Mario movie, but a recent announcement has solidified our stance on the fence.

In an interview with toofab, the producer of the film, Chris Meledandri, revealed Pratt would give its own twist to the Nintendo mascot, choosing to move away from his iconic (and slightly problematic) Italian accent.

Defending the somewhat bizarre casting call, Meledandri insisted on saying “the voice that [Chris is] do for us, and Mario, is phenomenal… I can’t wait for people to hear it.

Meledandri, an Italian-American himself, also hinted at the exaggerated accent seen as a joke in the film, and revealed Luigi would sound closer to its video game counterpart.

As Mario’s OG voice, Charles Martinet (who has consistently voiced the plumber since the 1992s Super Mario Bros.) is set to make an appearance in the film, we still don’t know why he wasn’t offered the lead role.

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