A minute with: Chris Pratt on going from slob to film heartthrob

Wed Jul 30, 2014 8:14am EDT
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By Mary Milliken

BURBANK Calif. (Reuters) - Chris Pratt could have just stuck with his humorous sidekick roles and indulged in the eating and drinking that accompanies marital bliss with wife and fellow actor Anna Faris.

But then a door unexpectedly opened to a lead role as Peter Quill in Marvel Studios' new movie franchise "Guardians of the Galaxy," a big-budget, humor-filled outer-space adventure opening in U.S. theaters Friday.

With a more buff physique than his doughy character Andy Dwyer on TV's "Parks and Recreation," Pratt combines cocky and dorky into an unlikely leader of a band of outcasts bent on saving the galaxy.

The 35-year-old Pratt talked to Reuters about trusting his fanboy director, the humiliation of auditioning for action roles and the ability to provide for wife and kid now that he's a leading man.

Q: How did you deal with the big responsibility of establishing a franchise for Marvel?

A: Most of the responsibility falls on James Gunn as our director and trusty leader. James was the perfect guy to do it because he is a huge fanboy himself. He was able to guide us in terms of justifying certain things. He will say 'You can't do that, that wouldn't make sense.' And I say 'There's a talking raccoon standing next to me. Why does that make sense?' And he's like 'Trust me!' And so I did.

Q: Did you have any doubts about taking on this role?   Continued...

Cast member Chris Pratt poses at the premiere of "Guardians of the Galaxy" in Hollywood, California in this file photo taken July 21, 2014.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files