Crypto, Politics, Tech, Gaming & World News.

“They’re not feeling the new one”: Original Mario Star John Leguizamo Blasts Chris Pratt For Playing Mario, Blames Hollywood For ‘Whitewashing’ For Not Casting PoC Actor – FandomWire | CPT PPP Coverage

 | cutline • press clip • news of the day |

Cryptopolytech (CPT) Public Press Pass (PPP)
News of the Day COVERAGE

200000048 – World Newser
•| #People |•| #World |•| #Online |•| #Media |•| #Outlet |

View more Headlines & Breaking News here, as covered by

“They’re not feeling the new one”: Original Mario Star John Leguizamo Blasts Chris Pratt For Playing Mario, Blames Hollywood For ‘Whitewashing’ For Not Casting PoC Actor – FandomWire appeared on by FandomWire.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie is an upcoming computer-animated film based on Nintendo’s Mario video game. The movie is the third movie in the franchise of Mario video games based movies, preceded by the Japanese anime film Super Mario Bros.: The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach! (1986) and the American live-action film Super Mario Bros. (1993).

The movie has announced a voice cast, led by Chris Pratt as the voice of Mario, and Charlie Day as that of Luigi. However, a certain John Leguizamo who played Luigi in the live-action film Super Mario Bros. (1993), wasn’t much appreciative of the casting choice for the movie.

Super Mario Movie

Also Read: EXCLUSIVE: New Super Mario Bros. Movie Details Revealed

John Leguizamo blasts the upcoming Mario film for lack of diversity

The Super Mario Bros. Movie to be released next year is already facing criticism for claims of whitewashing. John Leguizamo, who played Luigi in the 1993 live-action adaptation of the Mario video game, is concerned that the film is going backward. The actor is referring to the casting of Chris Pratt and Charlie Day, two white men, as the voices of Mario and Luigi.

“I’m O.G. A lot of people love the original,” The former Luigi actor said. “I did Comic-Con in New York and in Baltimore, and everyone’s like, ‘No, no, we love the old one, the original.’ They’re not feeling the new one.’ I’m not bitter. It’s unfortunate.”

John Leguizamo and Bob Hoskins
John Leguizamo and Bob Hoskins

The Emmy-winning actor was upset at the fact that the titular voice roles of the movie were given to two white men, which was a sign of the movie-going backward as he got the role after a long struggle because of his Latin background.

“The directors Annabel Jankel and Rocky Morton fought really hard for me to be the lead because I was a Latin man, and they [the studio] didn’t want me to be the lead,” the actor added. “They fought really hard, and it was such a breakthrough. For them to go backwards and not cast another [actor of color] kind of sucks.”

The actor shared his dissent about the upcoming film’s casting on a Twitter post.

Chris Pratt cast as a voice actor in the new Mario film

Chris Pratt, who made his breakthrough with his role as Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), was announced to play a voice actor for Mario in the upcoming The Super Mario Bros. Movie in September 2021.

The actor shared the first trailer for the movie and also wrote,

“After playing the games for years as a kid (and adult) I’m excited to bring Mario to all of you! Enjoy!”

Chris Pratt as Mario.
Chris Pratt as Mario.

However, on the release of the trailer, it was observed that there was no difference between Pratt’s voice for Mario’s character and his normal speech.

On the other hand, Mario Bros. co-producer Chris Meledandri has claimed that things will be different when the movie is released. His confidence is enough hope to the fans that the movie may not be disappointing.

“All I can tell you is the voice that he’s doing for us, and Mario, is phenomenal,” Meledandri insisted. “Yeah, I can’t wait for people to hear it. Well, as an Italian American myself, I understand. You know, I understand the comments.” 

Also Read: 8 Classic Arcade Games That Changed the World

When asked about the accent, he explained, “We cover it in the movie, so you’ll see we definitely nod to that. That’s not the tenor of the performance throughout the film.”

The Super Mario Bros. Movie will hit the theaters on April 7, 2023.

Source: Twitter

Related Posts

FEATURED ‘News of the Day’, as reported by public domain newswires.

Find more, like the above, right here on by following our extensive quiclick links appearing on images or [NEWSer CHEWSer].
View ALL Headlines & Breaking News here.

Source Information (if available)

This article originally appeared on by FandomWire – sharing via newswires in the public domain, repeatedly. News articles have become eerily similar to manufacturer descriptions.

We will happily entertain any content removal requests, simply reach out to us. In the interim, please perform due diligence and place any content you deem “privileged” behind a subscription and/or paywall.

CPT (CryptoPolyTech) PPP (Public Press Pass) Coverage features stories and headlines you may not otherwise see due to the manipulation of mass media.

We compile ‘news of the day’ content in an unbiased manner and contextually classify it to promote the growth of knowledge by sharing it just like “They’re not feeling the new one”: Original Mario Star John Leguizamo Blasts Chris Pratt For Playing Mario, Blames Hollywood For ‘Whitewashing’ For Not Casting PoC Actor – FandomWire

First to share? If share image does not populate, please close the share box & re-open or reload page to load the image, Thanks!

You might also like