LEAKED Tokyo 2020 documents have revealed that Lady Gaga was due to be dressed as Super Mario for the Olympics opening ceremony.
Nintendo were initially set to team up with pop star as one of the chief video games promoted to kickstart the coronavirus-delayed Games.
The Japanese electronic giants eventually pulled out of the Olympics but documents viewed by Bunshun have revealed what they had planned.
The report claims that Lady Gaga was set to appear remotely wearing Mario’s signature red hat.
The Star is Born actress would then jump into a warp pipe, before reappearing in the arena itself.
Yet the person dressed up as Gaga to perform a musical number would be Japanese comedian Naomi Watanabe.
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The bizarre stunt was intended as an homage to former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe.
The 66-year-old made an appearance as Mario disappearing down a warp pipe at the closing ceremony for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
The plans, which were drawn up last October, eventually removed any mention of a Gaga cameo by spring 2021.
Instead, fans were left with 'Lady Gaga lookalike' Julyana Al-Sadeq – who competed for Jordan in the taekwondo.
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The Olympics opening ceremony meanwhile was still spectacular with over 1,800 drones flying in unison to form a spectacular, illuminated globe.
And while there was a sombre nod to the pandemic – with an athlete working out on a treadmill in the middle of the National Stadium – it was an otherwise colourful affair.
Among the showstoppers was Tongan cult icon Pita Taufatofua.
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