Nintendo and Hollywood don’t exactly have the best legacy together. Okay, their sole shared venture is just pure, unbridled garbage enjoyable only by those who ironically laugh at bad films, but if there is ever a second stab at the relationship, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto and Takahashi Tezuka have some ideas for how to proceed with the properties they personally created. They dish out their advice in this interview with MTV.
First up, when it comes to The Legend of Zelda, both would love to see a radical change to the main protagonist Link. Miyamoto claims that he is tired of Japanese movies and drama starring the same people, trust me, I can sympathize with this sentiment, and he would like to see something new and fresh for once. However, he claims to only really know Japanese actors, whom he doesn’t think would be suitable for Link, turning the question over to Tezuka, the man who directed Link to the Past.
Tezuka, who I guess knows more about foreign actors, comes up this this interesting little line.
“It would be very fun and awesome if Link was played by a female actress, a boyish female actress.”
Really? Okay, why not? Fans mistakenly believed that Link was female in the upcoming Wii U game, and an alternate Female Link nearly made the cut in Hyrule Warriors. No, that feature image is not the result of a traumatizing “Female Link” Google Image search, but rather, it is official Nintendo artwork that did not make it into the final game. It’s a great piece of art too, one I’ve always hoped materializes into a game.
As for Super Mario Bros., Shigeru Miyamoto has only nice things to say about John Leguizamo in the movie, making him in a very exclusive group of individuals. He claims the the actor was “handsome,” but ultimately, the Mario and Luigi need to be twins.
“But Mario and Luigi are supposed to be twins. So a new cast would definitely have to be twins.”
“Rather than using some celebrity or someone famous, I think for us it’s better to have people who are actually siblings even if they may not look alike. If they are family that is more important.”
A Legend of Zelda movie? That I could get behind. A Super Mario Bros. movie? Well, fool me once, right?