In a recent interview with Extra, Chris Pratt, the voice actor for Nintendo's iconic character in the upcoming Super Mario Bros. Movie, urged fans to reserve judgment until they have seen the film. Addressing concerns over his lack of an Italian accent, Pratt expressed confidence in the movie's quality and suggested that fans might need to watch it more than once to fully appreciate it.
"I really think that once you see the movie... And you know what, in all honestly, I think you probably need to watch it twice," Pratt stated.
Acknowledging the Passionate Fanbase
The 43-year-old actor's comments come amidst dissatisfaction from some viewers and actor John Leguizamo, who portrayed Luigi in the 1993 theatrical adaptation of the gaming franchise.
The upcoming film, produced by Illumination, has faced criticism over Pratt's casting, but the actor is well aware of the passionate Super Mario/Nintendo fanbase and their concerns. "I understand, I'm part of it," he told Extra. "This is the soundtrack to your youth.
You don't want someone to come along and cynically kind of destroy it as a cash-grab with the movie. I fully understand that. You do not want that to happen. There were so many hearts and souls in mind dedicated to making sure that didn't happen." Pratt further emphasized that the film, which draws from the 1983 arcade classic Mario Bros.
and the 1985 Nintendo Entertainment System game Super Mario Bros., "honors the world of Mario." He shared his enthusiasm for the potential of an entire universe of similar movies over the next decade, praising the nostalgic and entertaining nature of the project.
"[Its] very promising as to what we can expect over the next 10 years — an entire universe of these types of movies. They're super nostalgic, they're really fun," Pratt enthused. "It's Illumination, so they know what they're doing.
And it's great because, especially for me now that I have kids, I have to see every animated movie whether it's good or not, so I'm really grateful when a great animated movie comes out. And that's what this is, thankfully.
And hopefully, there'll be more."