Super Mario Bros almost starred Hanks and Schwarzenegger

Ben Arnold
Yahoo UK Movies News24 October 2012

Tom Hanks and Arnold Schwarzenegger almost starred in the disastrous big screen adaptation of Nintendo game 'Super Mario Bros'.

A book by writer Jeff Ryan, called 'Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America', details the alternative casting choices.

[Related story: Hollywood's most baffling casting choices]

Hanks, whose career had suffered a brief setback with box office flops 'Joe Versus The Volcano' and 'Bonfire of the Vanities', was initially signed up to play Mario, after the role was turned down by Danny DeVito.

But Hanks was later canned in favour of Bob Hoskins, who had enjoyed recent success with 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit'.

Meanwhile, both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Michael Keaton were approached to play King Koopa, the Italian plumbers' adversary in the film, but both passed.

The role instead went to Dennis Hopper.

Both actors, and indeed Hanks, dodged a bullet by not appearing in the film.

It made back just $21 million (£13 million) from its $48 million (£30 million) budget, while Hoskins has been most vocal about his hatred of the project.

“The worst thing I ever did? Super Mario Brothers,” he said in an interview with The Guardian in 2007. “It was a f***in' nightmare. The whole experience was a nightmare.

“It had a husband-and-wife team directing, whose arrogance had been mistaken for talent. After so many weeks their own agent told them to get off the set! F***in' nightmare. F***in' idiots.”

An Exceptional Lifestyle in North Stafford, VA

The ONLY new townhomes in Stafford’s most desirable community, where the amenities and location = a terrific lifestyle. From the upper $200s.

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Save up to $509 on car insurance with Liberty Mutual. Get your free quote now and start saving today.

When the going gets tough. Why Get a Loan From Us?

We keep the tough going with 2,300 convenient locations, 6,500 helpful employees & a 97% customer satisfaction rating. Talk about strength in numbers.

Ram Trucks take the heat

Your job isn’t for the faint of heart. When you need a stronger truck, you need up to 900 lb-ft of diesel torque.

Trade U.S. equities online for just $7.95.

Fidelity is lower than TD Ameritrade, Schwab, and E*Trade. Open an account today.