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Anya Taylor-Joy poses at the LA premiere of The Super Mario Bros. Movie. She is wearing a pink leather jumpsuit, that looks like Peach’s Mario Kart outfit. Photo: Amy Sussman/Getty Images

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The best Super Mario Bros. Movie red carpet looks were cosplay

Anya Taylor-Joy and Jack Black stole the show as Peach and Bowser

Nicole Clark (she/her) is a culture editor at Polygon, and a critic covering internet culture, video games, books, and TV, with work in the NY Times, Vice, and Catapult.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie is right around the corner, and some of the voice actors celebrated the Los Angeles movie premiere by injecting their red carpet looks with a dose of delightful cosplay.

Anya Taylor-Joy, who voices Peach, rocked a pink leather jumpsuit — including moto-inspired gloves, and hot pink boots with Peach’s star insignia emblazoned on the shins — that read like a take on Princess Peach’s Mario Kart outfit.

Jack Black also stole the show in a suit designed to look like Bowser’s shell, complete with back spikes, and flame detailing on the jacket and pant cuffs. Look closely at the shirt, and you’ll see that it’s holographic, and looks like lizard scales. (A commenter on Jack Black’s Instagram post described the look as “something Guy Fieri would wear to his child’s baptism” and I can only interpret this as a compliment.)

Jack Black poses on the red carpet at the LA premiere of The Super Mario Bros. Movie. He is wearing a suit with Bowser’s back spikes on it, with flame embroidery on the suit and pant cuffs. Photo: Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images
Jack Black poses, with claw-like hands, on the red carpet at the LA premiere of The Super Mario Bros. Movie. He’s wearing a suit with Bowser’s back spikes on it, and a shirt with holographic lizard scale print. Photo: Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto also seemed to be a fan of Black’s spikes. For Miyamoto’s part, he wore a colorful, fun Super Mario Bros. Movie T-shirt.

Shigeru Miyamoto admires the spikes on Jack Black’s red carpet look at The Super Mario Bros. Movie LA premiere. Photo: Kayla Oaddams/WireImage
Shigeru Miyamoto posing on the red carpet at The Super Mario Bros. Movie LA premiere. He is wearing a black suit, and a Super Mario Bros. Movie T-shirt. Photo: Kayla Oaddams/WireImage

Even Chris Pratt and Charlie Day had a bit of fun, with complementary red and green-hued suits — honestly, they were more burgundy and emerald, but I’ll take it. If you’ve got to wear a suit to the The Super Mario Bros. Movie red carpet, at least have a little cosplaying fun with it. Other members of the cast were outshone, in their comparatively normie red carpet outfits.

Chris Pratt and Charlie Day stand in front of a themed minivan, at The Super Mario Bros LA premiere. Pratt is in a deep red suit and Day is in a deep green suit, and the two are shacking hands with goofy expressions on their faces. Photo: Kevin Winter/GA/The Hollywood Reporter via Getty Images

These cosplay homages added a dose of campy fun to events that are otherwise more buttoned up. Sure, there are some celebrities known for their playful or themed approaches to red carpet style. Zendaya famously wore a gown with a spider web-like design, and a superhero mask, to the premiere of Spider-Man: No Way Home. Jenna Ortega has stayed pretty closely in-character for her Wednesday red carpet events, including the premiere in which she went full out in black lace, a veil, and goth eyeliner. And Lily James dressed as Cinderella, complete with the glass slippers, for the Los Angeles premiere of her Cinderella film, too.

But all of these lean more red carpet glamorous than Jack Black and Anya Taylor-Joy’s whimsical, more literal (and very rad) outfits. I think red carpet events could stand to be a little goofier, and maybe these video game adaptations will give us more chances. Here’s to hoping Keegan-Michael Key shows up to his next red carpet in a Toad hat.