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Fans Have Complained About Chris Pratt’s Mario Voice. He Admits At One Point He Could Have Sounded Like Tony Soprano

Chris Pratt and his fellow Super Mario Bros. Movie cast members had their work cut out for them when it came to finding the right vocal approaches to their respective characters. As you can imagine, Pratt — who faced a lot of criticism from fans after being cast and again after the first trailer dropped — did a lot of work while bringing the iconic video game plumber to life on the big screen. Apparently, while prepping, he tried a number of ways to voice Mario. Now, interestingly, he says his initial voice was very different and closer to a beloved character from HBO’s The Sopranos, Tony Soprano himself. 

The actor joined co-stars Charlie Day, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jack Black and Keegan-Michael Key for an interview with Entertainment Weekly as part of its Around the Table series. During the chat, he recounted how finding the right voice for the plumber-turned-hero was no easy task. The Guardians of the Galaxy star revealed his initial attempts at bringing the iconic character’s voice to life were met with some criticism from the filmmakers. He said:

For a minute, I walked in and they were like, ‘That’s a little New Jersey. You’re doing a Tony Soprano thing.