A Super Mario producer has addressed the casting of Chris Pratt and insisted that he ‘won’t offend Italians’.
According to Entertainment Weekly, producer Chris Meledandri has said that fan’s concerns ‘will evaporate’ once they hear the actor in the role.
He reportedly said: “When people hear Chris Pratt’s performance, the criticism will evaporate. Maybe not entirely – people love to voice opinions, as they should.
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“I’m not sure this is the smartest defence, but as a person who has Italian-American heritage, I feel I can make that decision without worrying about offending Italians or Italian-Americans… I think we’re going to be just fine.”
When Pratt’s casting as Mario was originally announced, hundreds took to Twitter and slammed the decision.
Outraged, one penned: “I don’t care how good he is. They replaced a voice actor with a currently big celebrity and I can’t get behind that.”
“What if when the Mario movie trailer comes out people actually like Chris Pratt as Mario?” a second questioned. “I honestly don’t even see this as a possibility.”
However, some argued that they would reserve their judgement until the movie comes out.
Defending Pratt, one said: “F*** it, I’m going to say my unpopular opinion. I’m kinda existing to see Chris Pratt as Mario and think that he was a good celebrity cast choice for him. Not the best, but definitely not the worse. Only time will tell if my opinion will stay the same.”
In agreement, another added: “I wanna see how it goes, they’ve got my curiosity.”
“If people can worship Ryan Reynolds, Ben Schwartz and Idris Elba as Detective Pikachu, Sonic and Knuckles respectively, I don’t see any reason for people to hate Chris Pratt’s take on Mario,” a third pointed out.
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