Admittedly, he is not Italian, but “after 15 recording sessions”, Chris Meledandri “loves his performance”.
In addition to being the hero of two live action sagas, Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World, Chris Pratt doubles as two key characters from animated franchises: Emmett in The Lego Great Adventure and now Mario, that Illumination, the studio behind Minions, develops in the cinema. While we should discover the film by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic (already a duo on the series Teen Titans Go!) in April 2023 at the cinema, some voices have already been raised against this voice cast (no pun intended). For two reasons: Chris Pratt is part of a church known for its homophobic rules, which is denounced by part of his audience, and he is not of Italian origin. “Chris was chosen because we felt he could deliver a great performance as Mario, justified Chris Meledandri, at the head of Illumination, during a panel of the studio organized this week at CineEurope, in Spain, and relayed by variety. Now that we’ve recorded about fifteen sessions and the film is three-quarters complete, I can sit here and tell you that I love his performance as Mario. I myself have Italian heritage and I assure you that I was able to make this decision without offending anyone, neither Italians nor Italian-Americans. Precisely because Pratt is going to give Mario a good voice.”
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The rest of the original voice cast is as follows: Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) will voice Luigi, Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen’s Game) will be Princess Peach, Jack Black (already the voice of the hero of Kung Fu Panda) will do Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key (dubbing Murray, the mummy ofHotel Transylvania) will perform Toad and Seth Rogen (the voice of Pumba in the latest version of the Lion King) will portray Donkey Kong.
The creator of mario, Shigeru Miyamoto, participates in the production of the animated film, which will finally not be released at Christmas, but next spring. In the meantime, here is the trailer for Minions 2at the cinema on July 6:
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