Super Mario movie ‘f***ing nightmare’ and Bob Hoskins ‘almost died’
Long before the next animated Super Mario Bros. movie, there was an unfortunate live-action adaptation that often appears on lists of the worst movies of all time. When Bob Hoskins signed on to play Mario in the cyberpunk mess that was barely related to the Nintendo classic, he had no idea it was based on a video game until his daughter told him halfway through production. Meanwhile, Dennis Hopper, who played the villainous King Koopa, aka Bowser, in humanoid form, admitted to his son years later that the only reason he signed on for the critically panned 1993 flop was because of the money.
Hopper said of Conan in 2008: “I did a movie called Super Mario Bros, and my six-year-old at the time, he’s 18 now, he said, ‘Dad, I think you’re probably a pretty good actor, but why did you play Conan?’ that terrible guy, King Koopa, in Super Mario Bros.?’ and I said, ‘Well, Henry, I did that so you could have shoes,’ and he said, ‘Dad, I don’t need shoes so badly.'”
Both he and Hoskins hated working on the film dealing with daily script rewrites by directors Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel. In fact, at one point, the King Koopa star lost his temper with the constant changes during production and ended up yelling at the filmmakers for almost three hours.
According to AV Club, Hopper said, “Honestly, that movie was a nightmare. It was a husband and wife management team who were control freaks and didn’t speak up before making decisions. Anyway, I was supposed to go there for five weeks, and I was there for 17. It was way over budget.”
Hoskins agreed, telling The Guardian in 2007: “Worst thing I’ve ever done? Super Mario Brothers. It was a fucking nightmare. The entire experience was a nightmare. He led a husband and wife team whose arrogance had been mistaken for talent. After so many weeks, their own agent told them to get off the set! Damn nightmare. Damn idiots.”
Aside from the relationship difficulties, the Mario star suffered serious injuries and relied on getting drunk with his Luigi co-star to get him through the horror show.
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In his autobiography, Luigi’s actor John Leguizamo said how much he and Hoskins hated working on the film and drank when they realized how badly it was going to turn out. The star also claimed that one of the main reasons Super Mario Bros. turned out so bad was because the directors wanted a more adult story despite the fact that the source material was aimed at children.
If things weren’t bad enough, the Luigi actor broke Hoskins’ finger when his truck door slammed shut on his hand. Mario’s star began to curse, but he immediately forgave Leguizamo.
As a result, Hoskins had to wear a pink-painted cast to resemble her hand for the remainder of production. In addition to this, the actor told Entertainment Tonight in 1993: “If you’re going to survive this movie, you’re going to have to be very, very careful. […] I was stabbed four times. electrocuted. He broke a finger. I almost drowned.
Hopefully Illumination’s The Super Mario Bros Movie will be a big improvement when it opens on April 7, 2023.
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