It’s been almost 4 years since Nintendo first announced a new Mario Bros. movie to be in production with Illumination Studios, the Universal Pictures division known for hit animated films such as Despicable Me, Sing, and The Secret Life of Pets. When the voice cast was revealed during a Nintendo Direct presentation in September of last year, the internet collectively lost their minds. Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Horrible Bosses) was amongst these big and unexpected celebrity names, as he is set to be playing the role of Mario’s brother, Luigi.
On a recent episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, Day said, “I’m playing Luigi. In fact, I just was recording that this morning, and I’d love to tell you all about it, but they are top secret with this stuff.”
When Kimmel then asked if Day has read through the whole script, he replied, “I know nothing. I know nothing. I show up and they’re like ‘you say this’ and ‘you say that’ and it’s all very funny and good, and then I walk out and there’s like two guys in overalls with like hammers that are like ‘don’t you tell nobody nothing about this Charlie. I swear to God we’re gonna get your kneecaps, we’re gonna break your neck.'”
Another interesting behind-the-scenes detail that Charlie Day revealed is that the voice cast has been recording their lines for the film at separate times, rather than all being in a room together.
Illumination’s untitled Mario film is being produced by Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri alongside Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto, with the theatrical release officially set for 21st December 2022.
So, if they are all doing their lines blind, I’m a bit worried about how good that voice acting is going to sound.
I really don’t see what the problem is here. It’s very commonplace for voicelines for games and animated movies to be recorded separately like this. In most cases, the whole voice cast doesn’t meet until like the wrap party or premiere for the film. That’s why there’s a director and other people involved in the project, to make it look seemless.
Coming from an experience voice actor it’s usually like this, not all the time but it’s usually the norm, whether the voice sounds good or not will most likely be base on not only the actor but
the director it’s all about voice direction.
Of course, you are all experts in how voice acting is done and put to film…
One can also put two and two together.
I’ve never heard a voice actor say they’d rather record separately. They always say how being with the other voice actor is the best way. It happens less and less these days but that doesn’t make it right. Add the layer of top secrecy to it so you don’t know the full context of your lines. I get keeping it secret from the public (not really, it’s a kids movie), but keeping it secret from the actors, what? Why? Maybe having 2 people in studio, being able to riff together is too hard to schedule or too expensive to give them time to experiment together, since they only hired big names to be voices.
Well usually actors are under the contract not to disclose anything they shouldn’t say, it just sounds like he’s making a funny scenario to cover his contract.
maybe he’s probably joking…he’s under a NDA and who wants to be asked how the GOTG guy sounds like Mario.
Anyway i’m not excited about the movie mainly because it is produced in USA and you know how they love their toilet humor, that kind of humor is better suited for Wario. I hope illumination does a decent job with this movie,
Not everyone in the us likes toilet humor, that’s more of a Hollywood fetish.
sorry, i meant USA Hollywood studios not audiences.
True. Even Sonic the Hedgehog had a god damn fart joke. Ugh…
He’s definitely joking knowing his history. Most likely under a very strict NDA like the 2 spidermen were for No way Home. So he’ll have to deflect and lie during interviews until he’s legally allowed to say what he knows about the movie. This article is very misleading, I mean come on, he even says “ and then I walk out and there’s like two guys in overalls with like hammers that are like ‘don’t you tell nobody nothing about this Charlie. I swear to God we’re gonna get your kneecaps, we’re gonna break your neck.’”
Reading lines separately was the standard until Harman the animated series changed that.