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“Is Mario a mobster now?”: Chris Pratt Claims He Studied ‘The Sopranos’ Star Tony Sirico Playing Italian Mafia Paulie Walnuts to Prepare For Mario Amidst Massive Backlash

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Nintendo and Universal Pictures’ production of The Super Mario Bros. Movie has an innumerable number of people growing impatient with utter excitement. After all, who wouldn’t be thrilled when everyone’s favorite video game from Nintendo’s franchise is getting a modern adaptation of its own in the form of an adventure/comedy film?

’90s kids are practically on the ninth cloud right now.

Mario is a video game character created by accident
Mario’s voiceover is done by Chris Pratt

And as impressive as the voiceover cast for the animated movie is, Mario, or rather Chris Pratt’s Mario voice to be more precise is not something any of the fans would’ve seen coming. It sure has raised a few hundred eyes toward the actor.

Fans are taken aback by Chris Pratt’s Mario voice

Recently, the trailer for The Super Mario Bros. Movie was released, and fans were surprised, to say the least, after hearing Mario’s voice in the movie.

The Jurassic World actor, Chris Pratt, who is Mario’s voice actor, teased fans by claiming that the character’s voice was going to be “unlike anything” they’ve heard before. And sure enough, it wasn’t something anybody had been expecting, but in a much less delightful way than the prospect had been sold to the audience.

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American actor, Chris Pratt

While some feel there’s nothing new or unique about Mario’s voice as had been promised by Pratt and that it is instead almost too similar to the actor’s own voice, there are others who are amused by it and are simply having a hearty laugh.

However, there’s just the slightest hint of The Sopranos star, Paulie Walnuts in Pratt’s Mario’s voice, and fans don’t seem to be particularly charmed by that either.

Chris Pratt studied The Sopranos actor Tony Sirico for Mario’s voice

In an interview about the movie with Variety, Pratt claimed to be “proud of” his work for Mario’s character. “I worked really closely with the directors, and trying out a few things, and landed on something that I’m really proud of, and can’t wait for people to see and hear,” he stated.

The Guardians of the Galaxy star also remarked how he’d studied the character of the Italian Mafia, Paulie Walnuts played by Tony Sirico in The Sopranos, for his voiceover as Mario in the upcoming movie.

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Chris Pratt was a comfortable choice for Mario
Chris Pratt’s Mario voice is gaining a lot of attention

Although his intention was to simply study the star’s Italian accent closely enough for him to be able to portray the same through Mario’s character as accurately as possible, it seems to have missed its target a little, if not entirely.

Though many people remain unimpressed by Pratt’s attempt, the movie’s trailer is still gaining tons of positive reactions nevertheless. Maybe, it might just end up sheathing the talk bubbling over Mario’s amusing voiceover too.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie is set to hit theatres on April 7, 2023.

Also read: Chris Pratt Makes More Sense Playing Garfield Than Mario- Here’s Why!

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Written by Khushi Shah

An author at FandomWire, an abnormal psychology student, and an avid reader of dark fiction, I love to read and write and have been indulging in the same for years.