Super Mario is a video game icon. For many people of a certain age he represents better times. Friends, sleepovers, all night sessions playing Super Mario Brothers or one of the subsequent sequels; the Mario franchise has undoubtedly been a winner.
The movies on the other hand? Woof! The 1993 live action Super Mario Brothers starring for some reason Bob Hoskins as Mario and John Leguizamo as Luigi is an absolute turd. Since Hollywood has no imagination and it apparently is cheaper to recycle animated crap, the movie is getting a reboot, in animated form! Oh boy!
As tens of fans breathlessly await the new movie, one former star isn’t excited. In fact, he is boycotting. Way to take a stand!
John Leguizamo, the aforementioned Luigi is cheesed big time that he wasn’t offered a role in the new movie. Check this out.
The actor was asked if he would be snagging a ticket to catch the recently released animated film, The Super Mario Bros. Movie. It was a fair question, seeing as Leguizamo played Luigi in 1993’s Super Mario Bros. a piece of box office poison that some people claim to enjoy because they saw it when they were children.
Leguizamo said he wasn’t going to see it, and this week TMZ asked Leguizamo if he had softened his position.
He had not; he’s still mad about his perceived lack of “inclusion.”
It is unclear if Leguizamo realizes this is an animated movie, and his mug would in fact not be featured in the film.
John Leguizamo: “The Super Mario Bros Movie’s cast is all white!!”
I didn’t know these guys were white pic.twitter.com/sUWdufip7F
— Evan Horn (@EvanHorn18) April 7, 2023
The Latino actor has been short on roles in recent years, outside of a bit role in the John Wick series before they killed him off. He recently sat in on the Daily Show to the delight of dozens of fans, but beyond that it has been tough sledding for the leftist actor.
John had this to say about not being Luigi:
“No I will not [be watching]. They could’ve included a Latin character,” Leguizamo told TMZ. “Like I was groundbreaking and then they stopped the groundbreaking. They messed up the inclusion. They dis-included. Just cast some Latin folk! We’re 20% of the population. The largest people of color group and we are underrepresented.”
That’ll show them John. Certainly, since this movie is likely to break box office records and garner awards, Leguizamo has a legitimate beef. After all, the studio went with Charlie day of “Always Sunny” fame, probably because he is white and they wanted to stick it to the minorities.
Or maybe because Day has done more than guest host an epically failing late show. You ride the hot hand, or voice, and Day is white hot compared to the guy that voiced the sloth in all 30 of the Ice Age movies.
Truth is, John Leguizamo is an aging, washed up Latino actor that is poisoning his own well with his leftist tears. It’s not like he is a superstar, so perhaps he should take what he can get and stop being a pain in the ass? Nah, acrimony sells, even if Hollywood isn’t buying at this particular moment.
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