Illumination founder and CEO, Chris Meledandri, has spoken a little about the company’s untitled animated Super Mario movie which will be hitting theatres next year and features Chris Pratt as Mario himself. Mr. Meledandri said that the Super Mario movie is now around 75 percent and that they have been truly impressed with his performance as the Italian plumber coming on the back of the backlash when it was first announced that he would voice Mario. Here’s what he told attendees at the Barcelona’s CineEurope event:
“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,” said Meledandri. He said that considering he had “Italian American heritage, he could make that decision without worrying about offending Italians or Italian Americans.” “I think we’re gonna be just fine. Especially because (Pratt) he’s given such a strong performance.”
Illumination founder and CEO, Chris Meledandri
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