Charles Martinet, the voice actor behind a slew of characters from the Super Mario franchise including Luigi, Wario, and of course Mario himself, says he falls asleep and dreams as the show’s signature character.
During an interview with Retro player, the voice actor spoke about a number of topics including how he got the role, his experience as a voice actor, and his time working on the Netflix documentary High Score. When asked how he was preparing for a recording session with Nintendo, however, Martinet’s response seemed to perfectly capture his love and devotion for the characters he has so successfully brought to life.
“These characters are always there for me,” explains Martinet. “I mean, I dream as Mario, to fly over these lakes or over the ocean, in the moonlight, a bit galaxy-like. And I sometimes dream in 2D. When I wake up in the morning and have a bad feeling during the day, I’m like [Wario growl]. These voices are just alive in me, along with [sings the Super Mario Bros start jingle] [Mario] Walk! So, there isn’t a lot of preparation [for Nintendo]. “
Not only did Martinet talk about how he prepares for each meeting, but he also explained that his roles in the various games for Nintendo would differ in terms of the time it takes and the company’s schedule.
“I recorded two weeks … actually a week before a game was released, and I recorded three years before a game was released,” Martinet said before explaining that the time it took to record voiceovers was because the characters tend to vary drastically between projects. “It really depends on the game and what’s next,” he says, adding that Super Mario Odyssey was one of his favorite projects due to the fact that the characters “switch and switch”.
While Martinet’s recent comments again reflect the actor’s passion and dedication to his iconic roles within the franchise, it isn’t the first time he has spoken of his love for the job recently. Last year, during a Q&A at Fan Expo Canada: Limited Edition, Martinet stated that he would like to pass on the role of Mario until his death.
When asked by a fan how long he could imagine going on as Mario, Martinet told the audience, “I want to pronounce Mario until I drop dead,” but then added, “If one day I think I don’t able to, “If I do that, I’ll tell Nintendo to try to find someone else.”
For more news from Nintendo’s iconic franchise, check out this article that describes how actor Chris Pratt didn’t use an Italian accent when talking to Mario about the character in the upcoming Illumination Entertainment animated film.
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Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him Twitter.