The controversy surrounding the casting of Chris Pratt as Nintendo’s Mario has been anything but subtle. The focus of this article will look at the not-so-subtle action of ‘stunt casting.’ The term ‘stunt casting’ is defined as making shrewd artistic choices, using a gimmick, or using for a publicity stunt. Let’s examine the case of stunt casting revolving around Pratt’s situation.

 Consider this is in no way to put down Chris Pratt in any form. If anything, the casting decision sheds light on the disconnection between Hollywood and the audience. Chris Pratt is well known for his roles in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” and Universal’s “Jurassic World.” The actor is well known for his charm, charisma, and wit. Chris has expanded his horizons into more grounded and serious roles. Chris’s beliefs are not reflected in this as this article examines Pratt’s career as a celebrity actor.

 Chris Pratt has been cast in the role of Mario for his status and ability, but not necessarily how he fits the role or his ability to bring the character to life. What makes the casting decision dramatic is the preceding actor, who has become synonymous with the voice of Mario, Chris Martinet. For over 30 years, Martinet has provided his voice to the iconic Nintendo character. Martinet has proven himself capable as a voice actor. This casting decision creates an expectation of unrealized potential. Such an expectation creates a disconnect between the audience and the movie studio.

 The casting in favor of Chris Pratt over Chris Martinet in the role of Mario alienates favor with the audience. Stunt castings can be successful and celebrated if the actor is up to and able to fulfill the role they accept. A great example is Academy Award-winning J.K Simmons. Simmons is perceived fondly for his roles in live-action films like “Whiplash” and the “Spider-Man” trilogy, as well as voice-over roles in “The Legend of Korra” and “Portal 2.”

 The decision to cast Chris Pratt is the movie publisher and studio’s desire to attract a bigger audience with a preexisting fanbase. Understandably, they desire for the movie to succeed. If you disagree, wish them well.

The article used for reference:  Why Celebrity Stunt Casting Hurts Animated Movies- And How Hollywood Can Fix It