Chris Pratt Talks Star-Lord in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

The actor signed his contract before reading the script. He claims he put all of his faith in Marvel and director James Gunn.

Chris Pratt Talks Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy
Chris Pratt Talks Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy
Funnyman Chris Pratt, best known for his work on the sitcom Parks and Recreation, is tackling his first superhero role with Star-Lord (aka Peter Quill) in Marvel's upcoming sci-fi epic Guardians of the Galaxy. This weekend, you can see him in the comedy Delivery Man, where he plays Vince Vaughn's best friend. While doing press, he revealed why he decided to take on the half-alien, half-human leader of Marvel's next big gamble.

According to him, it all had to do with the Studio. In fact, he didn't even read the script before signing on for this coveted part in director James Gunn's mammoth undertaking.

"Just the fact that he was part of the Marvel brand was really exciting. I was signed up to do the movie before I was even allowed to read a script, so it wasn't like something about this particular character that got me to do it. The fact that it was a Marvel movie is what got me to do it."

The gamble paid off as Pratt learned more about the history of Star-Lord.

"Granted, once I did read it there were so many things about the character that I love, and one thing is that he's very much a kid at heart. He's like a man-child. And I like the idea that he's got a false sense of bravado. Deep down inside he's lonely and desperate. But on the outside he walks around like he's big and tough, and I don't think he does a great job of convincing everybody that he's not just a scared little child."

Helping craft this different type of take on the superhero mythos, Chris reveals he put his faith in the hands of his director.

"I was really in James' hands. I've never done anything like it. I learned early on to trust him."

Chris Pratt had ballooned up to almost 300 pounds during the shooting of Delivery Man. He had to lose that weight fast to take on the more traditional svelte figure of a comic book hero. How did he handle it?

"I think I'm handling it better than my body."

Guardians of the Galaxy was released August 1st, 2014 and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan. The film is directed by James Gunn.

Sources: Fandango

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  1. Sean

    @undeadslayer4 I guess he kind of looks like him a little bit, with a beard and mustache if you look at him fast.

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  2. skywise

    @undeadslayer4 Oops sorry. That is Parks & Recreation. It is a fairly hilarious tv show.

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  3. undeadslayer4

    @skywise ok so whats P&R I've only heard about him in the lego movie and GOG

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  4. skywise

    @undeadslayer4 Im all for this news. I love Chris Pratt. He is the best thing on P&R and in several interviews I have seen the writers stated that he is an excellent improve actor. The head writer even jokingly said that he was irritated that Pratt Improved the funniest line in the entire series and that he wished he had thought of it.

    Not only am I willing to give him a chance but I am extremely happy he landed the role. Plus I am a jammed Gunn his movies. He is a director with large cajones and willing to take chances that many wouldn't which in my book makes him perfect for this film.

    Im not sure what gave the impression that I wasn't happy about this but that couldn't be farther from the truth.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  5. undeadslayer4

    @skywise well he's new give him a chance

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  6. undeadslayer4

    @themoviefanatic at first i thought it was chris pine

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  7. CoreyB

    Pratt is a good dude it seems like and will be fine!

    1 year agoby @CoreyBFlag

  8. Sean

    @skywise I was expecting someone more well known to have taken that role. But, considering the other lesser known actors and actresses that are in this movie, I guess I should have expected some new actor to take that part.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  9. ObiWanShinobi

    I'm really starting to like this guy.

    1 year agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  10. skywise

    Chris Pratt was such an unexpected actor IMO to take on this role but when I first heard the news it made sense in a weird way.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

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