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Renowned voice actress Tara Strong calls out Hollywood for Super Mario Bros. Movie casting

Fairly Oddparents voice actress Tara Strong criticizes Hollywood's decision for Super Mario Bros. Movie
Fairly Oddparents voice actress Tara Strong criticizes Hollywood's decision for Super Mario Bros. Movie

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Hollywood brought iconic cartoons and video games to the big screens, but voice actors and actresses took a back seat to bigger stars.

In recent years, Hollywood has made a habit of replacing some well-known voices with big names.

Tara Strong, a well-known voice actress, criticized the latest Super Mario movie for not ceding Mario’s role to his in-game voice actor, Charles Martinet.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie

The Super Mario Bros. movie is a collaboration between Nintendo and Illumination, the animation division of Universal Pictures.

The film was announced in 2018, starring Chris Pratt as the iconic video game character.

Pratt is joined by Jack Black as Bowser, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, and Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong.

Charles Martinet is still part of the Super Mario movie, but his role has not been revealed to the public.

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Tara Strong

Tara Strong is one of the best known voice actresses in animation and video games.

She is best known for lending her voice to The Powerpuff Girls, The Fairly Oddparents, Teen Titans, and more.

Strong posted a photo of herself with Martinet holding an illustration with the caption:

“It should be Charles.”

Although Tara Strong doesn’t say it specifically, she thinks Charles Martinet should have been offered the role of the character he’s been playing since 1992.

She followed up with another tweet, criticizing the trend Hollywood is following by using bigger names instead of seasoned voice actors.

“Voice actors- I’m gonna put up my heart & soul in this for at least 20 years, help sell billions in merch, make the studio millions of dollars, & make generations around the world happy,” she tweeted.

“Hollywood- We don’t care.”

Charles Martinet

The day after her tweets, Tara Strong posted a tweet inviting people to share their favorite pictures and stories withMartinet.

Moved by the love of the fans, he replied:

“I love your Tara! Thank you so much! Thank you everybody!”

“Your love and kindness mean more than you could ever know, and genuinely touched my heart,” Martinet added.

“My little eyes seem to be leaking today… with tender affection. Thank you…”

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Tara Strong’s final thoughts

Tara Strong’s tweets quickly gained ground, but some voiced strong words about the short clip of Pratt’s performance as Mario.

One commentator insisted that people were too harsh on the Guardians of the Galaxy actor due to two lines of dialogue.

They also claimed that Martinet had been offered the part, but declined, saying it would be too exhausting for him to dub an entire movie.

“Literally not one thing about your tweet is true,” Strong responded.

“No one should be judging Chris, he’s a fantastic actor…this is only about what’s right & Charles should have been offered the role.”


Tara Strong comments on Chris Pratt’s casing in the Super Mario movie: “it should be Charles”

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