John Leguizamo, who played Luigi in the 1993 Super Mario Bros

Luigi Actor John Leguizamo Calls Out Mario Movie Casting movie, has slammed the "all white" casting of The Super Mario Bros. Movie


Super Mario Bros. star John Leguizamo isn’t a fan of the new Super Mario casting.
During an interview with IndieWire, the former Luigi actor complained about the upcoming movie’s lack of diversity compared to the 1993 film.
“The directors Annabel Jankel and Rocky Morton fought really hard for me to be the lead because I was a Latin man, and [the studio] didn’t want me to be the lead,” he said. “They fought really hard, and it was such a breakthrough. For them to go backwards and not cast another [actor of color] kind of sucks.”
The Super Mario Bros. Movie cast was unveiled back in September last year, with Chris Pratt famously taking the iconic role of Mario.
He’s joined by Charlie Day as Luigi, as well as Anya Taylor-Joy as Peach, Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, and Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong. Additionally, Kevin Michael Richardson will voice Kamek, Fred Armisen will voice Cranky Kong, and Sebastian Maniscalco will voice Foreman Spike.
Leguizamo has since slammed the casting as “all white”.
“So glad #SuperMarioBros is getting a reboot!” he said (via Daily Mail). “Obviously, it's iconic [enough]. But too bad they went all white! No Latinx in the leads! Ground-breaking color-blind casting in original! Plus, I'm the only one who knows how to make this movie work script-wise!”
Whether or not you agree with Leguizamo, the new animated Mario unveiled its first official trailer recently, with some fans disappointed by Mario’s voice.
“Chris Pratt saying he worked so hard on the Mario voice only for it to sound like Chris Pratt is the funniest thing,” said one Twitter user.
Despite this, the trailer was generally well received, with plenty of interest in Mario’s latest big-screen adventure.
Back in 1993, Leguizamo starred alongside Bob Hoskins in the live-action Super Mario Bros. movie and now claims that fans of the popular video game franchise aren’t on board with the new movie.
“I’m O.G. A lot of people love the original,” he said. “I did Comic-Con in New York and in Baltimore, and everyone’s like, ‘No, no, we love the old one, the original.’ They’re not feeling the new one. I’m not bitter. It’s unfortunate.”
I’m not sure that’s quite accurate… but there’s no denying that the original Super Mario Bros. movie is… err… memorable, to say the least.
Want to read more about The Super Mario Bros. Movie? Check out more of Jack Black’s Bowser voice as well as our first glimpse of the film’s very own Princess Peach.

Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.
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