I was but a young lad when I first played the original Super Mario Bros. on the NES. Like most gamers my age, Super Mario Bros. was the quintessential “gateway drug” to home video game consoles. Yeah, I know there was the Atari and the Commodore 64 ( which has nothing to do with Lionel Richie ) that came before, but for me the OG video game will always be the one about the two Italian plumbers trying to save a princess from a dragon. I want you to take that in for a sec. One of the worlds most popular pop culture icons (seriously, at one point Mario was more recognizable than Micky Mouse!) is a plumber. That saves a princess. Who was kidnapped by a dragon. TOTALLY sounds like a bad acid trip right? Well, yeah, but for an 80’s video game, we didn’t need shit to make sense! Which makes it all the more astounding that, in 1993, a FEATURE LENGTH MOVIE about the game was produced. It was bad. Like, REALLY bad. To start, the two Italian Bros were played by Englishman Bob Hoskins, and Puerto Rican John Leguizamo, and the villanous dragon known as King Koopa was played by…Dennis
Hopper. Pretty much every actor involved in the film was there for the check. The film bombed, and it quickly became the template for what NOT to do when trying to make a video game into a movie.
When things fail, it’s only natural to think about the “what ifs.”
Well, somebody, somewhere had a hilarious thought.
WHAT IF MARTIN SCORSESE GOT A CRACK AT TELLING THIS EPIC TALE?!?!?
This vid is great, as it combines one of my fondest childhood things with one of my FAVORITE movie directors of all time. Well, not really. Someone just thought it would be funny if the Mario Bros. tale was told in a gritty, Goodfellas-like fashion. That person was dead damn right.
After watching this I want, no NEED to see Joe Pesci as Mario and Robert De Niro as Luigi.