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Super Mario Bros. movie producer Chris Meledandri defends casting Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt made headlines in late September when the Seattle-born actor was cast to voice the iconic Italian video game character Mario in a new Super Mario Bros.

movie.Pratt, 42, will be joined by Charlie Day as Mario's plumber brother Luigi, with Anya Taylor-Joy landing the role of Princess Peach.The casting lead to backlash from the fans for not hiring an Italian (or at least an Italian-American) actor to voice Mario, but one of the film's producers, Illumination Entertainment founder Chris

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