The producer of the upcoming Super Mario Movie has defended the decision to cast Chris Pratt as the voice of Mario.
Speaking in a recent interview with TooFab, Chris Meledandri, one of the producers working on the new Super Mario Movie, has defended the decision to cast Pratt as the voice of Mario as the actor’s voice is “phenomenal.”
“All I can tell you is the voice that he’s doing for us, and Mario, is phenomenal… Yeah, I can’t wait for people to hear it,” he said.
The producer also addressed complaints about Pratt voicing an Italian character despite not being Italian, saying that the lack of accent will be noted somehow in the film.
“Well, as an Italian American myself, I understand. You know, I understand the comments. [But], we cover it in the movie. So you’ll see we definitely nod to that,” Meledandri promised.
“Charlie Day, who’s playing Luigi, actually comes from Italian heritage. Yeah so that’s our nod [for Luigi],” he added.