Harold Ramis Glad He Turned Down Mario Movie
Posted by Damien McFerran
Ghostbusters star almost ruined his career with unwanted live-action film
Hollywood writer-director (and sometimes actor) Harold Ramis has enjoyed a particularly successful career; not only did he land the role of paranormal investigator Dr. Egon Spengler in the hit '80s flick Ghostbusters (which he also co-wrote), he has directed such classics as National Lampoon's Vacation, Analyze This and Groundhog Day (which officially ranks as one of our favourite films of all time here at Nintendo Life Towers).
It hasn't always been plain sailing, of course - Ramis has also been behind some notable stinkers including Bedazzled and Multiplicity, but it could have been a lot worse.
The director has recently revealed that he was offered the director's chair for the ill-fated Super Mario Bros movie:
(Producer) Roland Joffe wanted me to direct the Super Mario Bros. movie. I took the meeting because I loved the game... I'm glad I said no.
Clearly this is a film that was cursed from the outset, as Mario himself (otherwise known as Bob Hoskins) has very few positive things to say about his time on set:
The worst thing I ever did? Super Mario Brothers. It was a f****** nightmare. The whole experience was a nightmare. It had a husband-and-wife team directing, whose arrogance had been mistaken for talent. After so many weeks their own agent told them to get off the set! F****** nightmare. F****** idiots.
Who would have guessed that Mario was such a potty-mouth, eh?