Chris Pratt Teases He's Offering Something New in 'Super Mario Bros.'
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In a new interview, the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' actor addresses the backlash that he received over being cast as plumber Mario because the character is Italian.

AceShowbiz - Chris Pratt is "really proud" of his voice work on "Super Mario Bros: The Movie". The 43-year-old actor, who has been cast as Nintendo's beloved plumber Mario, teases he's been able to offer something "unlike anything you've heard in the Mario world before." Despite controversy surrounding his casting, the star has opened up about the backlash and urged fans to watch the movie first.

"I worked really closely with the directors and trying out a few things and landed on something that I'm really proud of and can't wait for people to see and hear," he told Variety. "It's an animated voiceover narrative. It's not a live-action movie. I'm not gonna be wearing a plumber suit running all over."

The "Guardians of the Galaxy" star went on to say, "I'm providing a voice for an animated character, and it is updated and unlike anything you’ve heard in the Mario world before."

Chris' casting, however, caused controversy because the character is Italian. Defending the actor was Chris Meledandri, the founder of Illumination, who are making the film with Universal.

He said, "Chris was cast because we felt he could give a great performance as Mario. And now that we’ve done about 15 recording sessions, and the movie is three-quarters done, I sit here and say that I love his performance as Mario."

"[Considering I have] Italian American heritage, I feel I can make that decision without worrying about offending Italians or Italian Americans," he continued. "… I think we're gonna be just fine. Especially because (Pratt has) given such a strong performance."

The star-studded voice cast for the movie also includes Charlie Day (Luigi), Anya Taylor-Joy (Princess Peach), Jack Black (Bowser), Seth Rogen (Donkey Kong) and Keegan-Michael Key (Toad). It was recently confirmed the film has been pushed back from a release of December this year and will now hit cinemas next April.

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