One of the most recognised voices on the planet has to be Super Mario’s. But would you recognise the face behind the voice?
Meet Charles Martinet – a 50-something year old, snowy haired Californian with an extraordinary ability to make grown men grin in excitement by uttering four simple words: “it’s-a-me! Mario!”.
But Martinet, who’s in Australia to help launch the Nintendo Wii U console at EB Expo, landed the iconic role of the voice of Nintendo’s highest selling video game series almost by complete accident.
“I was at the beach and a friend called me up and said ‘Hey, you’ve got to do this audition for a trade show in Las Vegas’,” Martinet told Aussie-Gamer in an interview. “I said ‘there’s no way I ever crash an audition… but what’s the address? I’ll go.'”.
Martinet says he doesn’t know why he went along and managed to show up late. The casting agents had already packed up for the day but decided to give him a shot.
The rest is history.
Now in the gig for over 22 years, Martinet has a huge fan base, and an equally huge appreciation for those fans;
“Every single Mario fan I have ever met in my life has been absolutely delightful and wonderful. It makes me happy to be alive and very grateful that I get to do what I love to do so much.”
“Mario fans are the best” he aded, before interjecting “Number one!” in the frighteningly accurate voice of Mario himself.
Martinet also does the voice of Mario‘s little brother Luigi, as well as their alter-ego’s Wario and Waluigi. Martinet also lends his talents to Baby Mario and Baby Luigi.
Outside of the Super Mario universe, Charles Martinet has most recently appeared in Bethesda Softworks’ The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim as the dragon “Paarthurnax” and countless over video game titles.
His advice to all his fans? “Do what you love in life. Follow your heart, follow your passion.”
You can see the full interview in the video below!