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Charles Martinet may not have been asked to voice Mario in the upcoming movie

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There's a lot of questions about the upcoming Super Mario movie from Nintendo and Illumination, but one of the biggest concerns who'll be voicing Mario. Truth be told, we don't even know if Mario will be voiced or not! You'd imagine that Mario will have some kind of lines in the film, as he does interject from time to time in the games.

While we wait to find out more about the voice cast for the film, it seems that the voice of Mario we all know and love may not be involved with the project. In a GalaxyCon Live interview with none other than Charles Martinet, he's asked about his thoughts on the upcoming movie. A portion of Charles' response is as follows.

"...if they invite me to play, I'll go in and play with great joy and happiness."

Now that could be taken in two different ways. The most obvious way is that Mr. Martinet simply hasn't been asked to voice the role. The second way of looking at it has us taking Charles' comments as playing coy. It's likely Charles wouldn't be able to confirm/deny his work on the film, so the careful wording of the statement above could skirt around the question.

There's no doubt fans will be upset if Mr. Martinet isn't voicing Mario in the film, but big-name movies tend to go with Hollywood star power to push their projects. We'll just have to hang tight and see what direction Nintendo and Illumination are going in.

Categories: Top Stories, Interviews
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Just wanna say that I wish Captain Lou were still alive. I would've loved to seen him return as Mario. If not the main role, then at least the Mario from the multiverse when Mario stories inevitably steer in that direction.

Good. That would be the worst.

Martinet’s Mario voice is fine in small doses but a whole movie would drive me nuts.

Yep. If anyone wants to hear long-form Mario speech, watch the Mario Sports Mix press conference. It’s hard to watch after a bit.

daneclark
Mon Feb 15 21 07:31pm
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I wish Lou Albano was still around, the voice he used was a perfect middle ground between Martinet and the Bob Hoskins/Walker Boone/Whoever the voice from Hotel Mario was type of voice. Whoever they get should probably be someone who could do something similar to what Lou did.

Not asked because they don’t need to ask because he’s already obligated to do the voice? That’s must be it.

Although.....Jaleel White....

rockyeahh
Sat Feb 13 21 07:11pm
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I'd be shocked if Universal used him. Universal doesn't hire professional voice actors for their lead roles. They pick hollywood on screen actors like steve carrell in the despicable me franchise.
As for localising it for other countries then they will use voice actors like Martinet unless they just go with subtiles and no dubbing.
Of course Nintendo may ask Universal to use him but who knows.

Just wanna say that I wish Captain Lou were still alive. I would've loved to seen him return as Mario. If not the main role, then at least the Mario from the multiverse when Mario stories inevitably steer in that direction.

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