Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka have participated in a rather fun interview with MTV. The point of the interview was to ask the talented creators who should play iconic Nintendo characters in fictitious live action movies. They both stressed that they currently have no plans for live action titles featuring the Mario Bros and Link from The Legend of Zelda. Anyway, here’s their interesting answers.
“It would be very fun and awesome if Link was played by a female actress, a boyish female actress.”
Miyamoto responds: “This is something I never imagined because Link is very different to how a Japanese person looks. At the Japanese Expo I attended there were so many people in cosplay who looked very good. They would be good [actors]!”
He reiterates his desire for an unknown actor, saying: “With Japanese TV drama and film they always use the same actors, so I actually think we should have someone completely new.”
Mario and Luigi:
“One thing we can say about the original film was that Luigi was very young and handsome in the original movie,” says Miyamoto. “But Mario and Luigi are supposed to be twins. So a new cast would definitely have to be twins.”
“Regarding Mario and Link films, Miyamoto stresses that Nintendo does not have anything in the works, but that the company is “definitely interested and open to it.” The interview contains a few other interesting tidbits as well – for instance, Miyamoto reveals that the iconic plumber brothers were originally made as twins with similar sprites to keep within the game’s memory limitations.”