20 Things You Somehow Missed In Super Mario Bros: The Movie

Super Mario Bros: The Movie is more detail-packed than you might expect.

Super Mario Bros
Buena Vista Pictures & Disney

Video game adaptations have certainly come a long way over the years, what with HBO's The Last of Us TV series showing what can happen when all the creative elements coincide perfectly.

30 years ago, however, Hollywood was only just beginning to turn its attention towards video games as a ripe medium for exploitation, resulting in the release of 1993's Super Mario Bros: The Movie.

Though a major critical and commercial disappointment, the film - which turns 30 years old in mere months - has nevertheless endured as something of a kitschy cult fave.

If certainly not a good translation of the Mario games into movie form, it's at least an interesting and compellingly strange film, due to both its bafflingly over-qualified cast and some genuinely excellent production elements.

And given that few among us would ever confess to having watched it more than a few times - as adults, anyway - there's evidently a ton about this movie that you almost certainly haven't ever noticed before.

From insane narrative implications to some genuinely awesome Easter eggs hidden in plain sight, there's a little more to Super Mario Bros: The Movie than it merely being "awful"...

20. Bob Hoskins & John Leguizamo Were Drunk During Many Scenes

Super Mario Bros
Buena Vista Pictures

In 2007, John Leguizamo published his fascinating autobiography Pimps, Hos, Playa Hatas, and All the Rest of My Hollywood Friends: My Life, which went into extensive detail about the movie's infamously hellish production.

Perhaps the single-most eye-opening revelation from Leguizamo is that he and Hoskins not only hated making the film, but turned to getting drunk during production to make their time on the shoot more bearable.

The duo would neck shots of whiskey between takes, presumably without the knowledge of filmmakers Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel, who the pair haven't had many kind words for over the years.

And so, the next time you watch Super Mario Bros. - if you do - there's a solid chance you're watching two legendary actors who are three sheets to the wind in just about every single scene.


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