Chris Pratt is a real up-and-comer in Hollywood with his recent breakout roles in mega blockbusters. He’s a comedian and an action star who has managed to accrue tons of fans thanks to his many talents. Here are a few things you might not know about this super-cool A-lister…
1. Chris is Married to Anna Faris
Sorry ladies, he’s taken. Chris met Anna on the set of the movie Take Me Home Tonight and got engaged in 2009. They have a few things in common like their goofy senses of humor, growing up in Washington state, and each keeping a dead bug collection. It was meant to be.
2. He Keeps Tons of Pets
Chris isn’t your typical dog or cat person. He prefers more exotic pets. Here’s a quote from him describing his zoo at home:
“I have a pet lizard named Puff, five goldfish – named Pinky, Brain, Jowels, Pearl and Sandy, an oscar fish named Chef, two pacus, an albino African frog named Whitey, a bonsai tree, four Venus flytraps, a fruit fly farm and sea monkeys.”
Of course he names his fish after cartoon characters and his albino frog “Whitey.” We don’t think he’s planning on growing up any time soon.
3. Chris Used to Be a Waiter
In true Hollywood cliché form, Chris used to wait tables at a Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant. Only he wasn’t waiting tables in Hollywood, or even in California. He was working in Hawaii when he met the actress Rae Dawn Chong, who inspired him and helped him get his start in acting.
4. He Was Once Homeless
Before he got his first acting job, Chris lived in a van with Shaggy and Scooby painted on the side. It wasn’t until Rae Dawn Chong cast him in her short film, Cursed Part 3, that he got his first break and began his career in acting. He made $700 for that role. Damn, has he come a long way!
5. Chris Got His First Headshots From a Stranger
According to Pratt, he was living in the “predominantly gay area” of West Hollywood when a man he had never met before asked if he could shoot him. Chris went back to the stranger’s apartment, took a shower there, and somehow this story still has a happy ending. That headshot got Chris his role on TV’s Everwood.
6. He Wanted to be a Stuntman
Chris claims he used to “practice falling down stairs” in his training toward becoming a stuntman. He knows the value of good physical comedy and is even willing to take a few hits if it will make someone laugh. I guess you could say he’s a master of Pratt-falls.
7. Chris Turned Down the Guardians Role
Chris Pratt initially turned down the role of Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy back in 2013. Apparently he did not “want another Captain Kirk or Avatar moment”. Even director James Gunn dismissed the idea. After deciding to finally audition however, Gunn was immediately convinced that Pratt was perfect for the role. Thank goodness! Nobody could have played Peter Quill better than Chris!
8. He Gains and Loses Weight Like Crazy for Roles
Chris acknowledges that the fat bod works better for physical comedy, like when he plays Andy on Parks and Rec. But lately he’s gotten more hunky roles in Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World. Between the end of Parks and Rec and the start of shooting for Guardians, Chris had to lose 75 pounds to shape up.
9. Chris Believes Men Should Be Objectified More
Apparently Chris Pratt’s idea of gender equality is not objectifying women less, but objectifying men more. He’s happy to put his action hero body out there in support of this quasi-feminist cause. Despite rejecting what society values as far as appearance most of the time, we have to admit he tends to look pretty good.
10. He Got Naked For Amy Poehler on Parks and Rec
There’s a scene in Parks and Rec where Chris’ character Andy shows up naked, surprising Amy Poehler’s character, Leslie Knope. Chris wore nude underwear in the first few takes, but they couldn’t get the reaction they wanted out of Amy. On the next take he went fully nude! Amy Poehler’s genuinely shocked reaction is the one they used on the show. Brave is an understatement!
11. Chris is a Pretty Good Dancer
Chris Pratt has great rhythm! The actor has grooved away in Guardians of the Galaxy and rolled his hips behind the scenes of Jurassic World! He even did a Michael Jackson skit in high school where he did the whole dance to Thriller.
12. He Regularly Visits Sick Children
That’s right! Chris Pratt is just as much a superhero in real life than he is on television! The actor visits children’s hospitals in his Star-Lord costume to make sick children happy on a regular basis. Now, that’s what you call a man with a big heart!
We can see why Chris Pratt has made his mark on the acting world lately. Keep up the good work you funny man, you!
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