By Anita Tai.

Fans are going to be getting something really different with Chris Pratt’s Mario.

In a new interview with Variety, the actor, who is set to play the iconic video game plumber in the upcoming “Super Mario” movie, shared some details about getting into character.

“I worked really closely with the directors and trying out a few things and landed on something that I’m really proud of and can’t wait for people to see and hear,” he said. “It’s an animated voiceover narrative. It’s not a live-action movie. I’m not gonna be wearing a plumber suit running all over.

Pratt added, “I’m providing a voice for an animated character, and it is updated and unlike anything you’ve heard in the Mario world before.”

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The actor’s comments come after another interview with Variety this week in which Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri defending casting Pratt.

“Chris was cast because we felt he could give a great performance as Mario. And now that we’ve done about 15 recording sessions, and the movie is three-quarters done, I sit here and say that I love his performance as Mario,” he explained.

It helped that the actor had “Italian American heritage, [Meledrandri] could make that decision without worrying about offending Italians or Italian Americans.”

The cast for the movie also includes Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Mario’s brother Luigi, Seth Rogan as Donkey Kong, and Jack Black as Mario’s enemy Bowser.

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“I think we’re gonna be just fine. Especially because (Pratt) he’s given such a strong performance,” added Meledandri.

The “Super Mario” film is set to hit theatres on April 7 in North America.


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