Chris Pratt has been a big Hollywood player for a while now, with roles in three Best Picture Oscar nominations three years on the run, but we weren’t really paying attention, at least until the release of Guardian’s of the Galaxy.
This week saw his fame and work get an even bigger boost with the release of Jurassic World.
As he gets ready to celebrate his birthday this weekend, June 21 if you were wondering, we thought we’d compile a list of facts about the actor whose infectious charm on screen has most definitely won us over.
Mr Popular in high school
Before he was an actor, he was an athlete. Raised in the town of Lake Stevens, Washington, Pratt fit into every social group. He was a fullback for the football team, a track athlete and a state-qualifying wrestler, he placed fifth in a tournament.
Friends remember Chris as humble and outgoing, and they even chose him to deliver their graduation speech. Maybe it’s because he could certainly provide plenty of laughs, he was also nominated class clown.
Where it all started
Instead of taking the normal route of heading to Hollywood from his hometown, Chris was drifting around looking for a job. After a friend bought him a plane ticket to Hawaii, Chris hopped aboard to find his future.
He lived in and out of his car, bouncing around various jobs until he landed one at Bubba Gump’s Restaurant. It was there that he was discovered.
Actress, daughter of Tommy Chong, and soon-to-be director Rae Dawn Chong was eating at the restaurant when she met her server, Pratt. She found him so funny and charismatic that she offered him a role in her directorial debut, Cursed Part Three. Pratt moved from Hawaii to Hollywood in just a couple of days in order to shoot the horror comedy.
The changing body
He’s shown great strength and motivation for his roles in the last five years having gained and lost over 70lbs to play specific roles.
He joked to Vulture about his weight loss and gains for roles, saying: “I just like to gain weight and lose weight. It’s a roller-coaster. I just want to do this. I want to touch god.”
The impact he made on James Gunn
James Gunn was so certain that Pratt was right for Guardian of the Galaxy role after only 30 seconds of his audition, that he didn’t care if he was in shape or not. Gunn even figured that he could always CGI a six pack onto the actor. But as we mentioned before, Chris is dedicated and would soon begin a transformation that saw him ready for the role and looking trim and toned.
Commitment to roles
Not only has been committed through his weight loss/gain efforts, just take a look at how much he put into his role in Moneyball. As the movie was true to life, Pratt was requited to emulate both the life and playing style of former Oakland A’s player Scott Hatteberg. This meant learning to bat left-handed, attending camps with ex professionals, and playing real baseball.
He talked about the role in an interview with Movieline:
“We did a tryout and that’s how they cast 95% of the baseball players, was just based on physical ability and the likeness to the real players in real life. So, you’re definitely seeing baseball players play real baseball. I think that was really important for Bennett and everyone making the movie to stay authentic to the sport. There are guys hitting 95MPH fastballs in this movie.”