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Bob Hoskins Would Like To Forget He Ever Made 'Super Mario Bros.'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist June 21, 2011 at 10:30AM

Way back in 1993 a film hit cinemas that had two unique distinctions: 1) it was the first movie ever adapted from a video game and 2) it was fucking terrible. "Super Mario Bros.," the big screen version of the Nintendo phenomenon was a disaster at every turn. With constant rewrites during filming, with the studio and directors differing on what the film should be and Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo drinking to make it through the production of a film they knew would be a disaster, even corporate rag Nintendo Power dismissed the bomb of a film. And if Hoskins could have his way, he'd like to scrub it off his CV entirely.
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Way back in 1993 a film hit cinemas that had two unique distinctions: 1) it was the first movie ever adapted from a video game and 2) it was fucking terrible. "Super Mario Bros.," the big screen version of the Nintendo phenomenon was a disaster at every turn. With constant rewrites during filming, with the studio and directors differing on what the film should be and Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo drinking to make it through the production of a film they knew would be a disaster, even corporate rag Nintendo Power dismissed the bomb of a film. And if Hoskins could have his way, he'd like to scrub it off his CV entirely.

In a recent Q&A with the Guardian, the actor made no secret about the ill will he held toward the film. Here's what he had to say, quite succinctly:

What is the worst job you've done?
Super Mario Brothers.

What has been your biggest disappointment?
Super Mario Brothers.

If you could edit your past, what would you change?
I wouldn't do Super Mario Brothers.


With nominations and/or wins from almost every awards body you think of, it's not too surprising that Hoskins would prefer if the memory of this film were removed from history. At any rate, this story allows us to take a trip down memory lane and recall the amazing ineptitude of the film that was in full evidence just by viewing the trailer. Check it out below and even if you've never seen the movie, you can feel Hoskins' pain.

This article is related to: Actors, Bob Hoskins


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