American comedian Sebastian Maniscalco has revealed he has a role in the upcoming Super Mario Illumination movie, and people are speculating that this signals the return of an older and relatively minor Nintendo character in the film.
As a guest of the August 5 edition of Bertcast, a podcast hosted by fellow comedian Bert Kreischer, Maniscalco was asked about his plans for the rest of the day and he responded:
I’m in a movie, Super Mario Bros., an animated movie. So I play, uh, Spike, their boss. So I’m going to do it at 12 o’clock.
Peak? Who is Spike? you might ask. Well like @ Sponge2L On Twitter was quick to point out, Foreman Spike starred in Wrecking Crew alongside Mario Bros., so it’s likely that’s who Maniscalco is referring to:
You can watch the entire episode yourself and get the full context on Kreischer’s archived YouTube video. Although Maniscalco is primarily a stand-up, he has already lent his acting skills to Hollywood productions such as Green book and that of Martin Scorsese Irish.
It should be noted that there is also an enemy from Super Mario Bros. called Spike – as Sponge Bob also points out below – although it seems (to us, at least) much more likely that the foreman will appear in the movie in a talking role rather than the little green dude throwing bullets spiked to the plumber.
If you’ve forgotten about Wrecking Crew and are looking to familiarize yourself with this NES / Famicom game, it’s available in the NES library on Nintendo Switch Online. The Arcade Archives VS. The Wrecking Crew version is also available on the Switch eShop if you can’t get enough of the ‘Crew and you’re really going to destroy it.
As for the movie itself, we heard last year that it was “making good progress,” and in May we reported that Chris Meledandri, the founder of animation company Illumination, now has a role of “External non-executive director” at Nintendo. Most recently, we learned that Universal’s new streaming exclusive deal with Peacock will affect the upcoming animated film.
Foreman Spike, eh? Let us know below if you think we’ll see him return to the big screen, or if there’s another Spike you think will take on the boss role in the upcoming Mario movie.