Chris Pratt just made a successful appearance on BBC's The One Show, showcasing his voice impression of Mario, the iconic video game character which he’ll be portraying in The Super Mario Bros. Movie, releasing on April 5, 2023. Despite mixed reactions from fans and followers regarding his casting and portrayal of Mario, Pratt showed off his vocal talents during his appearance on the talk show, earning praise from the vast majority of viewers.
During the interview, Pratt spoke about his approach to voicing Mario and how he prepared for the role. The actor previously explained that he played the various Mario games for hours on end, studying the character's movements and mannerisms in order to accurately capture his voice and personality.
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When giving an example of his Mario voice, Pratt eagerly delivered a high pitched, enthusiastic "it's-a me, let’s go!" that delighted the talk show's host and audience. While many fans have expressed skepticism about Pratt's casting as Mario, some even going so far as to skewer his accent, others have come to his defense. Some have pointed out that Pratt has a proven track record as a talented actor, noting that his voice acting skills may surprise those who doubt his ability to bring Mario to life. The conversation remains lively on social media.
Despite the mixed reactions, The Super Mario Bros. Movie has generated a substantial amount of buzz among fans of the video game series, with many eagerly anticipating the film's release. The movie is set to feature an all star cast with other notable actors including Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Jack Black as Bowser, and Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie is being produced by Illumination, the studio behind hit animated films such as Despicable Me and Minions. The film is directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic who previously worked together on the animated series Teen Titans Go! The pair previously jumped to the defense of Pratt in the wake of so much criticism, explaining that “for us, it made total sense. He's really good at playing a blue-collar hero with a ton of heart. For the way that Mario is characterized in our film, he’s perfect for it."