Bob Hoskins Has One Regret. Guess What It Is.

Bob Hoskins Has One Regret. Guess What It Is.

From a Q&A with the actor published in today’s Guardian

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.

Q&A: Bob Hoskins [The Guardian]


  • I watched it again recently, and while it has absolutely nothing to do with the games, and you know it’s a bad movie…. i kinda enjoyed it.

  • I’ve read about Bob Hoskins feeling towards SMB before, from memory most of the hatred fell towards the directors who were married and constantly fighting the whole time and treating the cast like shit, and that’s mainly why it turned out to be a complete disaster.

    It would be really interesting to know whether the rest of the cast had similar feelings towards the movie, apart from John Leguizamo who has said the same thing.

    It’s a shame really, it makes me wonder how different the movie would have been had Harold Ramis directed it as he was being considered at the time.

  • I’m seriously disappointed Bob Hoskins.

    I mean, did you not even have fun doing it? The last thing I would do is regret fun and enjoyable memories just because some ignorant people thought it was bad.


      “I made a picture called Super Mario Bros., and my six-year-old son at the time — he’s now 18 — he said, ‘Dad, I think you’re probably a pretty good actor, but why did you play that terrible guy King Koopa in Super Mario Bros.?’ and I said, ‘Well Henry, I did that so you could have shoes,’ and he said, ‘Dad, I don’t need shoes that badly.'”

    • As I mentioned, that was the problem, he didn’t enjoy making the movie. I recommend having a browse through the IMDB trivia, quite a lot of interesting tidbits in there. One in particular being that he and John Leguizamo hated the experience so much, they frequently went out and got drunk just to get through it.

      • For the record, my post was clearly “moderated” after yours, and also I don’t see how the thing Steve0410 said has any relevance to someone’s experience in making a movie.

        I will admit I didn’t know about any of the ‘behind the scenes’ problems, however these articles point to ‘Super Mario Bros.” as a movie to blame, when it was the process that the poor actors had been through that made it a bad experience.

  • Aw, being way too hard on yourself Bob. It was cheesy yes, but not a complete loss. A guilty pleasure WAY more fun and inventive than bloody TRANSFORMERS. And you worked with Dennis Hopper dude! And Fisher Stevens!

  • im outraged.

    super mario brothers was a great movie.

    its as lame as any b grade movie, but thats its charm – good fun, not too serious.

  • Meh, I didn’t mind it.
    It’s almost nothing like Mario Brothers the franchise, but that aside it was entertaining.

  • As crappy a movie as it was… it was just right for that “this is so stupid” laugh-a-thon

  • it was a product of its time,

    i wonder if they did a remake of it, what the story would actually be about..

  • I keep thinking about the recent uproar when details leaked about the proposed Uncharted movie and how in the end a bullet was dodged with the director and Marky Mark pulling out of the project. Just think about how history could’ve been changed had the internet been as prevalent in 1990!

  • Eh, eff the naysayers. Everyone knew a live action SMB movie wouldn’t work. I’m glad they made something entertaining.


    • That’s exactly what I thought when I saw this article pop up.

      Running a little dry on stories, Kotaku?

  • The tags for this article are one of the many many reasons I’m hating the US Kotaku articles more and more each day.

  • I watched that movie once when it came out. The only thing I remember is Goombas dancing in the elevator and being disappointed when I saw Koopa was a man!

  • Yeah, I wouldn’t say it’s a great movie, but for kids or teenage boys, it’s good fun. I showed it to my two nephews a couple of weeks ago (aged 3 and 6) and apart from the fact that they kept asking, “When’s he going to get a star?” and “Where are the ? blocks?” they really enjoyed it. Loved it, in fact!

    I don’t see the main problem as it being badly made; I just wish someone had made a really cool Mario movie that actually stuck to the source material.

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