A fan video recreates the conspiracy meme from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia starring Charlie Day as Luigi.
After announcing that actor Charlie Day will play Luigi in the upcoming Super Mario Bros. animated film, a fan video has recreated the conspiracy meme from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia featuring the beloved Nintendo character.
The video, posted by TOGK on YouTube, shows Luigi and Mario re-enacting Pepe Silvia’s meme from It’s always sunny in Philadelphia. The episode from which the meme originated is Season 4 Episode 10, “Sweet Dee Has a Heart Attack.” In the meme-inspiring scene, Charlie Kelly — in this case, Luigi — tries to figure out the real identity of someone named “Pepe Silvia.” The search is, of course, taken to comical extremes. Since the episode aired in 2008, the scene has turned into a conspiracy theory meme.
Created by Rob McElhenney, It’s always sunny in Philadelphia premiered on FX in 2005 and later moved to FXX. The show itself follows Dennis (Glenn Howerton), Deandra “Sweet Dee” Reynolds (Kaitlin Olson), Charlie Kelly (Day), Ronald “Mac” McDonald (McElhenney), and Frank Reynolds (Danny DeVito) trying to run Paddy’s Pub. At the moment of writing, It’s always sunny in Philadelphia has been running for 14 seasons, making it the longest-running American live-action comedy, with at least four more in the pipeline.
Nintendo and Illuminations Super Mario Bros. animated film is scheduled to hit theaters in North America on December 21, 2022. In addition to Day, the film stars Chris Pratt as Mario, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, Michael Richardson as Kamek and Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike. In addition, Charles Martinet — who has played Mario and Luigi in several video games since the early 1990s — will have “surprise cameos” in the film. Currently, the plot of the film is unknown.
Super Mario Bros. isn’t the first time Nintendo’s most iconic plumbers have made their way to the big screen. In 1993, a live-action movie starring Bob Hoskins as Mario and John Leguizamo as Luigi hit theaters. titled Super Mario Bros., the film was a blockbuster, grossing just $38 million against a budget between $42 and 48 million, and derided by critics. Despite the film’s finale teasing a sequel, not a second Super Mario Bros. film materialized. However, in 2012, one of the original writers, Parker Bennett, teamed up with Steven Applebaum, Ryan Hoss, and Eryk Donovan to create a webcomic sequel.
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