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It’s me Mario! That’s right, the world’s most famous plumber returns to the big screen for the first time since the 1993 live-action movie Super Mario Bros..
“I worked very closely with the directors, and [after] try a few thingsâ¦i landed on something i’m really proud of and can’t wait for people to see and hear,â the film’s star Chris Pratt Told Variety in June 2022.
He continued, âIt’s an animated voice-over narrative. It’s not a live action movie. I’m not going to wear a plumber’s suit everywhere. I’m providing a voiceover for an animated character, and it’s updated and unlike anything you’ve heard before in the Mario world.
The emblematic figure created by Shigeru Myamoto debuted in the 1981 video game donkey kong. Since then, Mario has appeared in over 200 games. In a September 2021 Instagram video, Pratt joked about how a story from his childhood hinted at him stepping into the Nintendo character’s brown shoes.
“There was this coin laundromat near my house, and there was Super Mario Brothers, the original arcade game. Oh, I loved that game. I never had a quarter, I had the ‘impression that “, the Parks and recreation the alum said, revealing that he would steal some change from a loved one wishing to play well.
He continued: âIt’s wild. It just occurred to me just now. The quarter I stole from the wishing well to play Super Mario Bros. came true as I become the voice of Mario. Obviously, I stole someone else’s wish, so I’m just waiting for this row of karma dominoes to crumble.
Charles Martinet, who has voiced Mario and Luigi in Nintendo games since 1992, is set to make several cameos in the film. In addition to portraying the heroes of the franchise, he has also voiced their villainous counterparts, Wario and Waluigi, in various video games.
In a January 2022 interview with retro gamerMartinet expressed his gratitude for being the voice of beloved characters for so long.
“I received so many beautiful gifts,” he told the outlet. “Of course, I want to play ALL the roles, all the time. But, you know, I can’t imagine a more fulfilling, joyful, fun and fun career than the one I have.
The video game-inspired film is set to hit theaters in April 2023. Scroll down to meet the cast of the highly anticipated Mario movie: