Chris Pratt Was Surprised By Backlash For His Super Mario Voice
Chris Pratt was surprised by backlash for his Super Mario voice.Chris Pratt's portrayal of Super Mario's voice in the upcoming Super Mario Bros. movie has been a hot topic of discussion since it was first announced in September 2021.
Unlike the original voice actor, Charles Martinet, Pratt did not choose to play Mario with a strong Italian-American accent, which led to criticism from fans. However, Pratt has now revealed that he sampled various accents before settling on the final voice for the character.
Chris Pratt spoke with Variety via email and discussed the process behind finding Mario's voice. He revealed that he sampled various Italian and New York accents before landing on a voice that was different from both Martinet's version of Mario and his own natural voice.
"I was surprised by the negative reactions to my performance," Pratt said. "As the directors and I developed the character, we came to land on a voice that is different than Charles Martinet's version of Mario, but also different from my own voice."
Chris Pratt Responds To Mario Fan Backlash!
While Charles Martinet, the original voice actor of Mario and Luigi in the Nintendo video games, is not actually part of the cast for the upcoming Super Mario Bros. movie, fans have been vocal about their desire for Martinet to have a role in the production, given his longstanding connection to the character. Martinet has been the voice of Mario for over 30 years, having voiced the character in numerous video games and animated shows.
Despite the backlash, Chris Pratt has urged fans to go and see the movie before criticizing his portrayal of Mario. He has expressed hope that the criticism will disappear once people see the film.
My hope is that people will come into the movie with an open mind and that once they see the film, any criticism around Mario's accent will disappear- Chris Pratt
The Super Mario Bros. movie hit cinemas yesterday, and fans finally got to hear Chris Pratt's take on the iconic character. While the actor faced backlash for not using a strong Italian-American accent for Mario's voice, he has explained the process behind finding the character's voice and has urged fans to watch the film before criticizing his performance.
With the star-studded cast that includes Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day, Jack Black, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogen, and Fred Armisen, fans can expect an exciting adventure filled with nostalgic references and fun moments.