– by Joseph Jammer Medina

gotg-featureBANNERChris Pratt has been on quite a roll lately. Not only is he on the NBC series, “Parks and Recreation,” but he also snagged the role of Star-Lord in “Guardians of The Galaxy,” audiences are about to see him in a supporting role in the upcoming film “Delivery Man,” and his name is being thrown around as the lead in “Jurassic World”- the 4th entry in Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur franchise. The in-demand actor, who underwent a physical transformation for his role in “Guardians of The Galaxy” sat down with the Huffington Post to discuss his career. Below are his comments on his involvement in Marvel’s big adaptation of “Guardians.”

While talking about the audition process, Pratt touches on the weight he had purposely put on for “Delivery Man”:

“For me it felt like a perfect fit right off the bat. I felt like at my very first audition that I nailed it, but, I was afraid that I wasn’t physically right for it because I was still pretty big from this movie [“Delivery Man”]. And so I just thought, If they could just believe in me, then I can lose this weight, then I’ll get this role. But I had a feeling it was a little too much weight to expect any person to lose — I was determined at that point. I was like, Well, you know what, if I’m not going to get this, that’s fine. But no one is ever going to tell me that I’m too fat for a role again. I’m going to start getting in shape. So I started getting in shape right away. We wrapped “Delivery Man” right around this time last year — oh my gosh, what a year — and I had gotten heavy, heavy, heavy and I went through the holidays and I continued to gain weight. Then, right at Jan 1st, I started working out. Then around the 15th, this audition came up. So I had lost probably 10 pounds … but I was still around 280 and that’s too big to be a Marvel character. But, it was in the audition. I mean, I knew he had my spirit — I knew that my spirit was right. And I knew it sounded right, I just didn’t look right yet.”

While discussing the footage that was shown at Comic Con, the reaction to it, and the tone of the movie, Pratt had plenty to say:

“I really think that’s the movie we made, too. That’s so representative of the movie we made. It’s one of those things: You don’t want to get too excited as an actor-” he says, before explaining that it’s hard to get your hopes up because of the nature of the business, but he thinks what was shown is exactly what he’d hoped the movie would be. When the interviewer talks about the tone of what was shown, which started out serious then revealed a side that they describe as “more lighthearted and funny and weird than what we’ve seen so far from Marvel movies,” Pratt agreed.

“Yeah, that’s just right. It should be really fun. I think it should be really fun. But, that being said, it takes the dramatic beats seriously. I mean, it takes itself seriously when it needs to. And the dramatic arcs and the bits of emotion that you’re supposed to feel something […] that I think you really will. But, hopefully, it will be because it’s anchored to this comedy. Like, to the comedy that lives in it. If you tie comedy and drama together, than you don’t have to go as big to get laughs and you don’t have to go as big to get a real emotional response.”

The last bit he says about “Guardians” is a confirmation that he is, indeed, signed on for a multi-picture deal. “I think that’s how it works for everyone. Yeah, they pretty much own me for as long as they want. [Laughs] Which, hopefully, will be a really long time.”

“Guardians of The Galaxy” will hit theaters on August 1, 2014.

Source: Huffington Post

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.