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Chris Pratt on controversy over role as Mario in Super Mario Bros. movie because he is not Italian

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Chris Pratt Responds To Controversy Over His Cast As Mario In Super Mario Bros. Movie Because He Is Not Of Italian Descent

Chris Pratt opened up the discussion about his role of Mario in the upcoming Super Mario Bros. movie, as he is not of Italian descent.

The Minnesota native, 43, spoke to Variety Wednesday about the idea that some people might be put off by the accent he uses to play the famous video game plumber, as a number of people took to social media last fall skeptical about the casting decision.

“I worked very closely with the directors and tried a few things and came up with something I’m really proud of,” Pratt said, “and I can’t wait for people to see and hear it.”

The latest: Chris Pratt, 43, opened up discussion about his landing the role of Mario in the upcoming Super Mario Bros. movie, considering he’s not Italian. He was caught in LA on Wednesday

The Guardians Of The Galaxy lead clarified that the film is “not a live-action film” but “an animated voice-over story”, adding: “I’m not going to wear a plumber’s suit running everywhere. †

The Jurassic World Dominion actor said he “gives a voice to an animated character, and it’s updated and unlike anything you’ve heard before in the Mario world.”

One of the film’s producers, Chris Meledandri, said: TooFab Last November, he said of Pratt’s performance: “All I can tell you is the voice he does for us, and for Mario, is phenomenal. Yeah, I can’t wait for people to hear about it.’

Meledandri said he “as an Italian-American” understood the comments, adding that “Charlie Day, who plays Luigi, is actually of Italian descent. Yeah, so that’s our nod.’

Pratt is slated to play the role of Mario in the upcoming animated movie

Pratt is slated to play the role of Mario in the upcoming animated movie

Pratt said of his work in the film: 'I worked very closely with the directors and tried a few things and came up with something that I'm really proud of and I can't wait for people to see and hear it'

Pratt said of his work in the film: ‘I worked very closely with the directors and tried a few things and came up with something that I’m really proud of and I can’t wait for people to see and hear it’

Meledandri told the outlet that the accent issue would be addressed “in the movie,” adding, “So you’ll see we’re definitely nodding at that.”

He said Pratt wouldn’t say phrases like “It’s a-me, Mario,” noting, “That’s not the gist of the performance throughout the movie.”

In addition to Pratt and Day, the cast includes Jack Black as Bowser, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, and Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong.

Nintendo released a promo for the upcoming movie last fall

Nintendo released a promo for the upcoming movie last fall

A number of Twitter users were skeptical about the casting decision when it was announced last year

A number of Twitter users were skeptical about the casting decision when it was announced last year

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