All The Right Movies, for resurfacing an old interview with Bob Hoskins. In it, the award-winning British actor discusses when he got the role of Mario in the Nintendos series' 1993 big screen adaptation.
Hoskins replies, bemused, that he didn't realize it was a game. It was my kids that told me. They said, What's your next film, and I said Super Mario Bros.
Oh, that's the game!
Yes, this is you!
And I saw this thing jumping up and down and thought [pause], I used to play King Lear.
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The King Lear thing is funny, of course, but it's the pause that gets me. The pause that enables the world to know that Hoskins fully realized the magnitude of the situation in which he was caught.
He has appeared in performances of Othello and Romeo and Juliet. He has also won a Golden Globe, an Emmy, a BAFTA, and a Best Actor award at Cannes. He performed excellently as J. Edgar Hoover in Nixon, was fantastic as George in Mona Lisa, and lit up the screen in The Long Good Friday.
Here, though, he is Mario. Despite recent attempts to rebuild its reputation, it is abysmal by almost every measure, so bad that Nintendo has pushed it off making another film for decades.
Weve all been in this moment. When time seems to have stopped altogether, giving us a rare glimpse back at the full scale of the cruel and calculating twists it has taken along the way, at the astounding distance it has covered in our lifetimes. We have all been King Lear at some point in our lives. And, eventually, we will all be Mario.