“Petition to Replace Chris Pratt”: Pedro Pascal’s SNL Mario Skit Makes Fans Consider Him Over Chris Pratt for the Upcoming Nintendo Movie

Published 02/07/2023, 7:30 AM EST

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After winning the hearts of the fans as the beloved Joel Miller in HBO Max’s The Last of Us, Pedro Pascal donned the cap of another iconic gaming character, Mario. He performed a hilarious where he mixed up the bubbly characters of Super Mario Bros. and the post-apocalyptic rugged world of the Last of Us. 


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His performance as Mario was so immersive that most of the fanbase rolled on to social media to demand a recast in the upcoming Mario Movie. They requested Pedro to take up the role of the Guardians of the Galaxy actor, Chris Pratt. With direct comments, memes, and jokes, the fans made themselves very clear. 

Fans want Pedro Pascal over Chris Pratt for the Mario Movie 

The iconic Nintendo gaming series, Super Mario Bros. is getting its much-awaited animated movie adaptation that is set for release on April 7th. The movie has a star-studded cast with Chris Pratt as Mario, Jack Black as Bowser, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, and many more. 

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But ever since the announcement of the cast, there have been a lot of backlashes and controversies regarding it. For many reasons, Chris Pratt’s casting for the main role in the movie left a sour taste among the fans. Among them, the actor’s recent public image is also a big factor. 

Another reason for the public distaste is the Actor’s performance in the role. Instead of trying to mimic the iconic voice of Mario, Pratt opted to deliver the voice line in his own voice and accent. This raised an uproar, as many believed, not only was it a disrespect to the source, but it is also culturally inappropriate as the character of Mario has an Italian origin, so should be some Italian accents in his voice lines.

Also, the actor’s oversaturation in the current Hollywood sphere has resulted in this anger from the fans, as they are simply tired of Chris Pratt. Other than his famed role in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt has been signed in for many recent projects such as Onward, The Tomorrow War, The Terminal List, and Thor: Love and Thunder. He is even confirmed to voice the iconic comic character of Garfield. 

How did the Fans react to Pedro’s portrayal of the iconic Plumber? 

The fans were highly excited after seeing the beloved character in a new light. They poured on social media to demand Pedro in the new Mario Movie, instead of Chris Pratt. They said:- 


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Written by:

Rituraj Halder


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Rituraj Halder is an eSports writer at Essentially sports. Residing from Kolkata, India, he holds a graduate degree in world literature. With 500+ hours in League of Legends, Rituraj claims to be a MOBA veteran.
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Debmallya Chakraborty