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‘I love his performance’: Mario Producer Assures Fans Chris Pratt Won’t Offend Italians in Upcoming Movie

Chris Pratt is set to play the role of Mario in the upcoming movie on the well-known video game character. In the same movie, we will see Seth Rogen voice Donkey Kong and Jack Black as Bowser. But as the trends have changed and movies are now focusing on the representation of all cultures, the fans are worried about Chris Pratt’s casting. This is because Mario has been portrayed as Italian. Some have even claimed that the actor is cast for the role because he is a known name and a part of major franchises. But one of the film producers has reassured the fans.

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Mario Producer reassures the fans about the casting of Chris Pratt as Mario

Chris Meledandri reassures fans about Chris Pratt's performance as Mario
Chris Meledandri reassures fans about Chris Pratt’s performance as Mario

Chris Meledandri talked about the casting of Chris Pratt to voice Mario. He shared that the movie is almost complete now and how he loved Chris Pratt as the character. He shared that the actor was cast for the role because of his Italian-American heritage, this is the reason he felt like a comfortable choice. He addressed the concerns on social media about the Italians being offended to see the actor voice the famous and favorite video game character.

Chris Pratt was a comfortable choice for Mario
Producers say he was a comfortable choice for Mario

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He told Variety, “Chris was cast because we felt he could give a great performance as Mario. And now that we’ve done about 15 recording sessions, and the movie is three-quarters done, I sit here and say that I love his performance as Mario. I think we’re gonna be just fine. Especially because (Pratt) he’s given such a strong performance.”

Chris Pratt will not offend anyone as Mario

The actor has become a known name and face thanks to his involvement with the franchises like Marvel and Jurassic World. He was recently seen in Jurassic World Dominion, reprising his role. We will soon see him again in Thor: Love and Thunder on July 8. Two Guardians of the Galaxy movies are coming out soon too.

Producers are confident in Chris Pratt's performance
Producers are confident in the actor’s performance

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Also, as the producer pointed out, the Guardians of the Galaxy actor does have an Italian heritage. So, the fans can be hopeful that his depiction in the movie would be true to the character’s origin.

Mario will release in theatres on April 7, 2023.

Source: Variety

Written by Gargi Mishra

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