Super Mario Bros star John Leguizamo has criticised the "all white" casting of Nintendo's upcoming animated remake, starring The Queen Gambit's Anya Taylor-Joy and Marvel's Chris Pratt.
Just last week, the electronics brand confirmed that Pratt and Taylor-Joy would be voicing Mario and Peach in the new project, while It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Charlie Day would be bringing Luigi to life and Jack Black is on board as Bowser.
It also revealed the other stars taking part, including Seth Rogen (as Donkey Kong), Keegan-Michael Key (Toad), Fred Armisen (Cranky Kong), Kevin Michael Richardson (Kamek) and Sebastian Maniscalco (Spike).
So glad #superMariobros is getting a reboot! Obviously it’s iconic enuff. But too bad they went all white! No Latinx in the leads! Groundbreaking color-blind casting in original! Plus I’m the only one who knows how to make this movie work script wise! pic.twitter.com/lNokmdpwMq
— John Leguizamo (@JohnLeguizamo) September 27, 2021
In response, the Colombia-born actor – who played Luigi in the popular franchise's first live-action movie back in 1993, took to Twitter on Monday, September 27 to explain his disappointment.
"So glad #superMariobros is getting a reboot," Leguizamo wrote. "Obviously it's iconic enuff.
"But too bad they went all white! No Latinx in the leads! Groundbreaking color-blind casting in original," he added, referencing that Bob Hoskins played Mario in his version, while he appeared as his onscreen brother.
"Plus I'm the only one who knows how to make this movie work script wise!" Leguizamo concluded confidently.
"Anya Taylor-Joy's parents are Argentine and she grew up in Argentina initially, even refusing to learn English when her family relocated to the UK in hopes of moving back to Argentina," one of his followers replied, in defence of her involvement.
"Aren't Mario and Luigi supposed to be Italians?" another asked.
Others were more supportive in their responses. "Horrible! I think the cast could've been much more fitting," a third tweeted. "It seems like they just went w familiar faces to boost the hype of the movie... as if Mario himself isn't enough hype."
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