John Leguizamo has choice words about new ‘Super Mario’ movie

He ain’t wrong though.

words by: Alee Kwong
Nov 12, 2021

At the end of September, Nintendo finally released the cast list for their new Super Mario Bros. live-action movie. Mario fans were generally excited by the news — with Charlie Day (Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Pacific Rim) as Luigi, Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen’s Gambit, Last Night in Soho) as Princess Peach, Jack Black (Kung-fu Panda, School of Rock) as the nefarious Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele, Toy Story 4) as Toad, and Seth Rogan (Pineapple Express, Superbad) as Donkey Kong. I’m sure you’re wondering why the lead protagonist, Mario, was left off this list. Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World) has been cast as Mario and the fans are — to put it lightly, displeased.



John Leguizamo, who played Luigi in the 1993 live-action Mario movie – was not shy about his thoughts and took to Twitter to give his two cents. Leguizamo bust down the door and cited the lack of variety when it came to the main cast, tweeting, “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!”



What’s wrong with Chris Pratt?

Pratt has had an extended period of popularity, after appearing as the goofy Andy Dwyer in Parks and Recreation and off-beat leader Star-lord in Guardians of the Galaxy, despite his obnoxious onscreen persona. But a backlash began shortly after Elliot Page called out Pratt for supporting a religious organization (Hillsong Church) that reportedly discriminates against the LGBTQIA+ community.


2015 post by Hillsong’s global senior pastor, Brian Houston, speaks on the Church’s position. Houston states that the church “welcomes ALL people” but does not “affirm all lifestyles,” including the “gay lifestyle.” – – so they’re basically anti-LGBTQIA+. Pratt has not explicitly expressed the same sentiments but has disclosed that his church is an accepting environment that doesn’t discriminate.


Many people have chosen to interpret Pratt’s faith is intertwined with conservative morals and political alignment, which again, Pratt has never publicly voiced support for. However, it’s not difficult to imagine a potential connection. That inference, in addition to Pratt following some outspoken conservatives on Twitter, has led to the belief that Pratt is secretly a Trump supporter.


The new Super Mario movie is slated to hit theaters on December 22, 2022.


In other casting news, Dominique Thorne will play Marvel’s Ironheart in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.


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