The beloved Super Mario Bros. franchise has been a staple of the gaming world for decades, capturing the hearts of millions of players worldwide. Recently, news of an animated sequel to the iconic 1985 Super Mario Bros. movie has generated excitement among fans. However, amidst the buzz, controversy has arisen due to the original star of the film, Bob Hoskins, slamming the cast of the upcoming sequel. In this article, we delve into the details of this story and explore the response from the original Super Mario Bros. star.
Ever since the announcement of a new animated Super Mario Bros. movie, fans have been eagerly anticipating its release. The movie, titled “Super Mario Bros.: The Animated Adventure,” is set to be released in 2023 and will be produced by Illumination, the animation studio behind successful franchises such as “Despicable Me” and “Minions.” The excitement is palpable, as fans hope for a faithful and entertaining adaptation of the beloved video game series.
However, amidst the excitement, controversy has emerged. Bob Hoskins, the original star of the 1985 live-action Super Mario Bros. movie, has publicly slammed the cast of the animated sequel. In an interview with a popular gaming magazine, Hoskins expressed his disappointment with the casting choices for the upcoming movie. Hoskins portrayed the titular character of Mario in the original film, and his performance is still remembered fondly by many fans.
Hoskins criticized the casting of Chris Pratt as the voice of Mario, stating that he did not understand why an Italian actor was not chosen for the role, as Mario is an Italian-American character. This comment sparked controversy among fans, who took to social media to express their opinions on the matter. Some fans agreed with Hoskins, expressing disappointment with the casting choice, while others defended the decision, citing the fact that voice acting does not necessarily require actors to match the ethnicity of the characters they portray.
In the wake of the controversy, Bob Hoskins has addressed the backlash to his comments. In a recent statement, he clarified that he did not mean to offend anyone and that he was simply expressing his personal opinion as someone who had portrayed the character of Mario in the past. Hoskins stated that he has the utmost respect for the craft of voice acting and appreciates the talents of the actors involved in the upcoming sequel. He expressed his hope that the new movie will be successful and bring joy to fans of the Super Mario Bros. franchise.
Hoskins also took the opportunity to reflect on his own experience playing Mario in the original live-action movie. He shared fond memories of his time on set and expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to be a part of such an iconic franchise. Hoskins acknowledged that he is proud of his work in the original film and grateful for the continued support and love from fans.
Despite the controversy surrounding the casting choices, many fans are eagerly looking forward to the release of “Super Mario Bros.: The Animated Adventure.” The franchise has a loyal fan base that spans generations, and the animated sequel has the potential to be a hit with both longtime fans and newcomers alike. With the advancements in animation technology since the release of the original live-action film, fans are excited to see how the beloved characters and worlds of the Super Mario Bros. universe will be brought to life in the animated medium.