OK, so the casting news about the new “Super Mario Bros.” animated movie did not go well. Nintendo and Universal teamed up to pull together an all-star cast for the hotly anticipated film, but the news of Chris Pratt’s casting as Mario was NOT well-received. It’s nothing against Pratt, who is a lovely actor, but the Mario fans wanted someone different for the role. Someone with a little more connection to Charlie Day’s “Luigi.” And as soon as it was announced, fans started campaigning to have Danny DeVito in the role of Mario.
As fans petition for DeVito to take on the role, it should be said that it does make sense on some level. 2021 is an era where if people don’t get *exactly* what they want, they protest endlessly about it. If you don’t believe me, just look at how the “Jeopardy!” hosting saga has unfolded.
But the Danny DeVito as Mario angle is one that could work. You need to look no further than the dynamic comedic chemistry DeVito has with his “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” costar Charlie Day. Day was cast as Luigi, so it’s already a natural pairing to get DeVito in there as Mario.
Fans were not thrilled, and DeVito started trending on Twitter as fans put together the dream casting right away:
Danny Devito should’ve been Mario not Chris Pratt, we were robbed. pic.twitter.com/SRYjIRgfjI
— Lucina(Hiatus)🦋🇲🇽🇺🇸🏳️🌈 (@LucinaDraws) September 23, 2021
I cannot believe we have been robbed of Danny Devito as Mario and Charlie Day as Luigi…
This is *criminal* pic.twitter.com/6wP7UmPcYc
— Mark “Sherlock” Hulmes (@sherlock_hulmes) September 23, 2021
It would’ve been legitimately cool to have DeVito as Mario alongside Day’s Luigi, but it’s also not how movies work anymore. What could be fun and cool isn’t nearly as important as “who can sit next to Jimmy Fallon and promote the movie?” and that’s why you need a big name in your leading role, even for an animated movie.
Jack Black is starring as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key and Seth Rogen are also on board. Anya Taylor-Joy will be playing Peach. Just a shame the obvious answer was there the whole time, but it was completely missed by the suits that deal with spreadsheets more than jokes.