Another trailer for the highly anticipated Super Mario film has arrived on the internet; The film looks great and is surprisingly true to the games’ wonderfully weird lore. If there’s one point of criticism, it’s Chris Pratt’s “Mario” voice.
It’s become something of an internet tradition that Chris Pratt after the release of a popular trailer (usually a Marvel movie) and the Super Mario The film provided plenty of material for Pratt’s haters.
Most of the voice actors we hear in the trailer fit their characters perfectly; Charlie Day nails Luigi’s fears, Anya Taylor-Joy is a gentle, determined Peach, and Jack Black is clearly having a blast playing Bowser (and struggling to develop a gruff, distinctive voice).
Pratt, on the other hand, says Mario’s silly little catchphrases in his normal voice, and it’s a little spooky.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with Pratt’s voice; The man has the energy of a “generic protagonist” and that corresponds to the essence of Mario, an empty vessel inhabited by the player. But it’s strange to hear Pratt’s voice emerge from such an iconic character.
Obviously, kids who see this movie won’t care – to them, Pratt will be Mario. Grown up on Twitter, on the other hand Super Mario Fans weren’t impressed.
But Pratt’s flat voice acting wasn’t the only inspiration for the stack. Over the years, Pratt has earned a reputation as a staunch conservative and evangelical Christian; At one point, actor Elliot Page called him Twitterand claimed that Pratt belongs to a church that is “notorious against LGBTQ.”
The church in question was believed to be the Hillsong Church, which views homosexuality as “sinful.” Guardians of the Galaxy Director James Gunn once corrected the recording on Twitter, insisting that Pratt didn’t deserve his bad reputation, while Pratt himself later claimed never to have attended church, even describing himself as “not a religious person.”
Marvel fans didn’t buy it and posted regularly tweets and memes portraying Pratt as a homophobic MAGA enthusiast (for the record, Pratt has never made a derogatory comment about the LGBT community). After this Mario The trailer featured a scene with Rainbow Road, and Pratt’s haters took the opportunity to crack a well-worn joke.
As for religiosity, well, Pratt’s Instagram is full of posts praising God; There’s even a photo of him hauling a large metal crucifix up a mountain in what appears to be a religious thing. At the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards, Pratt famously went at length on God, Jesus, and the power of prayer.
Though he may never have attended Hillsong Church, Pratt did mention in an interview that he plays golf with Chad Veach, the pastor of Zoe Church. Veach previously told The New York Times that he modeled Zoe Church after Hillsong Church and had a hand in the 2017 film The heart of mana docudrama about “sexual brokenness” that balances homosexuality with porn addiction and infidelity.
Pratt’s haters might be on to something. Or maybe they just find the actor kind of annoying and the mob taunt has become a running gag.
Whether or not Chris Pratt is unfairly slandered, he’s not a good match for Mario; The man should have practiced that voice before he got into the recording studio.