‘Super Mario’ Director Defends Casting Chris Pratt Amid Backlash

  • “It’s a bit of an origin tale. It’s the story of Mario becoming Super Mario,” director Aaron Horvath told TotalFilm of the project during an interview.
  • He noted how the casting agents were looking for someone to realistically portray “a blue-collar guy from a family of Italian immigrants” in Brooklyn.
  • “For us, it made total sense,” Horvath said of them landing on Pratt as the ideal choice.
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