“I was very disappointed,” the “Super Mario Bros. Movie” actor said of the 1993 live-action film. “I think I realized that movies can be bad.”
Seth Rogen is going bananas over the 1993 live-action “Super Mario Bros.”
Rogen, who plays Donkey Kong in the new animated film “The Super Mario Bros. Movie,” revealed his personal relationship with the Nintendo franchise and how “disappointed” he was with the feature film starring Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo as Mario and Luigi.
“When I was 11, I saw the original ‘Mario Bros.’ movie and I was so excited. But it’s one of the worst movies ever made,” Rogen said Species. “I was very disappointed. I think I realized that movies can be bad. It didn’t occur to me until that moment.”
Rogen added: “It really freaked me out. It’s good to validate this moment. It’s good to know that 11-year-olds… won’t be disappointed like I was.”
Rogen stars Chris Pratt, Charlie Day, Jack Black and Anya Taylor-Joy.
“It’s nice because when you’re doing voice acting, you just have to focus on coming up with jokes that maybe kids will laugh at,” Rogen continued of the animated comedy.
The original “Super Mario Bros.” Actor Leguizamo told IndieWire in November 2022 that he was “not bitter” about the remake.
“I’m Og. Many people like the original. I’ve done Comic-Con in New York and Baltimore, and everyone’s like, “No, no, we like the old, the original.” They don’t feel the new,” Leguizamo said. “That’s unfortunate.”
Leguizamo recalled that playing Luigi was a big deal back then.
“The directors, Annabel Jankel and Rocky Morton, fought really hard for me to be the lead because I was Latina and they (the studio) didn’t want me to be the lead,” she said. “They fought really hard and it was a huge breakthrough. To go backwards and not give another (actor of color) kind of suck.”
Producer and Illumination Studios founder and CEO Chris Meledandri has put to rest doubts about “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” star Pratt’s lack of Italian ethnicity.
“We are working with Chris and his experienced team to create not only a character movie, but a new piece of entertainment that brings ‘Super Mario Bros.’ to life on screen and allows everyone to enjoy it, whether they know about the game or not ” said Meledandri at the CineEurope meeting. “When people hear Chris Pratt perform, the criticism goes away, maybe not completely — people like to have an opinion, as they should.”
Meledandri continued, “I’m not sure it’s the smartest defense, but as someone of Italian-American heritage, I feel like I can make that decision without worrying about offending Italians or Italian-Americans…be good.”
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