Chris Pratt has a pretty distinct voice, and a lot of people were wondering how he was going to deal with being cast as Mario in The Super Mario Bros. Movie.
Talking to Entertainment Weekly, Chris Pratt and Charlie Day (Luigi) talk about how they eventually settled with the voices we got from the film. Day explains, “We tried different things, different voices… Every now and then they would say, ‘Charlie, maybe a little less Goodfellas in this one’ — I’m like, ‘Alright! I think you’re wrong, but fine!’ — until they landed on something they liked.” Pratt also adds, “For a minute, I walked in and they were like, ‘That’s a little New Jersey. You’re doing a Tony Soprano thing.'”
Though Mario only talks with a slight Brooklyn accent in the film, the movie actually takes time to explain his cartoonish voice, with Mario using it for their plumber ad. Even then we also get some more Mario catchphrases from Pratt in the film like him saying, “Let’s a-go!” and his “Wahoo!” on the Rainbow Road.
While the story could definitely use some brushing up, you have to commend The Super Mario Bros. Movie for actually embracing the game, and adding as much elements of it as they could from floating bricks to power-ups. We don’t know where a sequel could go yet, but we did get a Yoshi tease, and Peach did mention an entire ‘Galaxy’ (as in Super Mario Galaxy) to explore.
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