Chris Pratt can be Mario because they’ve apparently got that whole Italian thing figured out

Chris Pratt can be Mario because they’ve apparently got that whole Italian thing figured out


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Chris Pratt’s voice as Mario is “phenomenal,” says one of the men who has the most to gain if that’s true. But Pratt likely won’t be putting on Mario’s familiar fake Italian accent for the majority of the film.

When asked to defend the casting of Chris Pratt (a white American man best known as the Guardians of the Galaxy’s Star-Lord) as Mario (a denizen of the Mushroom Kingdom previously voiced by a white American man of French descent attempting to sound like an Italian plumber from Brooklyn at the request of the character’s Japanese creators, just so we’re clear), producer and Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri suggested to TooFab that it’s OK because:

  1. Meledandri himself is an Italian American.
  2. Charlie Day, the actor playing Luigi,…

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