The studio head and producer of the upcoming Super Mario movie has responded to the online backlash against Chris Pratt voicing the title character, Mario. Chris Meledandri of Minions studio Illumination told Deadline that non-believers might get on board when they finally hear Pratt in the role of the portly plumber.
“When people hear Chris Pratt’s performance, the criticism will evaporate, maybe not entirely–people love to voice opinions, as they should,” he said.
Meledandri, who is Italian-American, doesn’t believe Pratt’s portrayal of Mario will offend Italians or Italian-Americans. “I’m not sure this is the smartest defense, but as a person who has Italian-American heritage, I feel I can make that decision without worrying about offending Italians or Italian-Americans. … I think we’re going to be just fine,” he said.
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