Producer defends casting Chris Pratt as Mario

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The producer of the new ‘Super Mario Bros.’ movie has defended the decision to cast Chris Pratt as Mario. The 42-year-old actor will lead the cast of the upcoming animated flick by playing the iconic video game character – although the decision not to cast an Italian for the role was met with a backlash, something that Illumination founder Chris Meledandri accepts. The producer told TooFab: “Well, as an Italian American myself, I understand. You know, I understand the comments.” Meledandri added that the movie does include a “nod” to Mario’s homeland as Charlie Day, who will play the role of L…

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