John Leguizamo Continues to Criticize Super Mario Bros Chris Pratt Casting
By Anthony Lund
November 16, 2022
When the voice cast of Illumination’s The Super Mario Bros. Movie was announced, one person who was less than pleased with some of the casting choices was former Luigi actor John Leguizamo, who portrayed the character in 1993’s live-action Super Mario Bros. In a recent interview, Leguizamo doubled down on his opinion that the casting of Chris Pratt in the lead role has taken a step back regarding diverse casting.
The reveal that Pratt would be voicing the iconic game character Mario in the new animated movie from the studio behind the Despicable Me franchise was met with a mixed reception. While Pratt is a major star name to be attached to the project, voice artist Tara Strong slammed the production for not employing long-term voice actor Charles Martinet, who has portrayed Mario and his brother and characters such as Wario since the early 90s. However, even that casting would probably not have pleased Leguizamo, who feels it should have been an actor with Italian heritage taking on the role. He told IndieWire: