Chubby Chris Pratt is no more. Dad Bod fans are still mourning his death. But thank goodness, trickster Chris Pratt — that cheeky, playful presence we’ve seen on countless talk shows — lives on.
ackstage at the junket for The terminal list In London, Pratt rips open a door to release his freshly released fart outside. I imagine there are people who would pay good money for that whiff, but it might be for the best that we do this interview via Zoom, I say.
Pratt smiles and his co-star Taylor Kitsch nods vigorously, “I had to have smelling salts to deal with that.”
However, Pratt has limited the jokey ad libs to off-camera stuff for the moment. Part of the challenge of his role as the haunted and troubled Navy Seal in The terminal list — the Amazon Prime series based on Jack Carr’s novel of the same name — has reined in his comedic side and learned that sometimes less is more.
“I think it’s a certain comfort zone that I’ve had up to this point – sort of resorting to my improvisational skills and just trying to make humor out of a moment, always filling the beats with some kind of comedic jazz solo. And it was a real challenge for me to sometimes not play an instrument and instead just be silent or be a little minimalist and just play a simple note.”
The eight-part episode follows Lieutenant James Reece (Pratt) whose platoon is ambushed during a mission to capture a fugitive terrorist. Reece returns home with conflicting memories of how the ambush happened, and questions of his own guilt eventually give way to a broader conspiracy theory.
Carr said he had Pratt in mind when he was writing the book to play Reece — and the two men began what Pratt describes as “a true friendship.”
“I came across an early manuscript and immediately started looking for the rights,” he says. “I was really, really intrigued by the opportunity to play this character and loved his voice.
“I listened to the annotated book on tape and just loved how authentic it was. Everything from speech about weapons and optics to a very centered view of a person who is a combat veteran. The character really embodied everything that I have.” I’ve come to love the Navy SEAL community.”
Part of the appeal of taking on the role was that the series was filmed in Southern California, near the home he shares with his wife, Katherine Schwarzenegger, and their children.
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“I was still out of bed and out of the house before the kids were up and back home after they were in bed for a very long time. So it’s a tough job and I’m grateful to have a wonderful support system at home. And I will also take some time off to make sure [Katherine] also feels supported. For that reason, it is a summer to celebrate.”
Pratt married Schwarzenegger in 2019 after his decade-long marriage to actress Anna Faris ended. He says he feels “very blessed” to have found love again.
“My wife is amazing. Listen, my union with her is all the proof I need to know that a great Creator is out there watching over me. She’s a great mom.”
By marrying Katherine, Pratt became Irish-American royalty by marriage – his mother-in-law is Maria Shriver, who is a niece of John F. Kennedy. And Pratt’s father-in-law is Shriver’s former husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
“Being Arnold’s son-in-law is very cool — but not for the reasons you might expect. I mean, it’s just that she was raised in a way that totally prepares her and me to raise our kids in a way that… it’s just really cool. I am very happy to have found her.”
Pratt was recently responding to criticism he received following a gushing Instagram post he wrote following the birth of their daughter Lyla last year. Pratt wrote that he was “grateful” for everything Schwarzenegger gave him, including their “healthy” newborn daughter.
A pitchfork mob took to Twitter, who saw the comment about the baby’s health as an insult to his first wife and the nine-year-old son she and Pratt had. The child was born prematurely with a brain hemorrhage and spent the first month of his life in intensive care.
Pratt says the backlash was “screwed up” and brought him to tears.
“I cried because of it,” he said Fitness for men magazine this month. “I hate that these blessings in my life – for the people close to me – are a real burden.”
He expressed concern that his son would “read this one day” because it is “set in digital stone.”
If Pratt didn’t get the benefit of the doubt for his Instagram PDA (personal display of affection), it might have something to do with the internet dubbing him “the worst Chris.”
Since 2014, people have rated the various A-list Chris avengerin which Pratt joined fellow cast members Chrises Hemsworth and Evans — but when director Amy Berg posted a picture of those three plus Chris Messina to Twitter earlier this year with the caption “One has to go,” the verdict was pretty clear: It had to be Pratt.
The bad feeling towards Pratt appears to stem from his long perception of being conservative and religious, particularly in Hollywood where liberal politics dominate.
Reflecting on his religious reputation, Pratt recently said he accidentally “became the face of religion” in Hollywood, while insisting he’s not really “a religious person.”
Pratt did not grow up in a religious household. He grew up in Minnesota, where his father was a miner and his mother worked in a supermarket. He was an avid high school wrestler – and even as a kid he had big dreams, telling one of his wrestling coaches that one day he would be famous and rich for “something”.
While still a teenager, he moved to Hawaii and worked as a waiter. It was a chance encounter with a proselytizing stranger that brought him to God.
“This guy came over and said, ‘What are you doing tonight?’ I said, ‘Oh, I don’t know…’ So he said, ‘Are you going to fornicate tonight?’ I said, ‘I hope so.’ ‘And drugs and alcohol?’ It’s like, ‘Probably, yes. Probably all three things. I mean at least two of them, possibly all three,” Pratt said esquire in 2014.
“He said, ‘I stopped because Jesus told me to stop and talk to you. He said to tell you that you are destined for great things.”
“My friends came out and I was like, ‘Hey, I’m going to go with this guy.’ I gave my soul to Jesus in about two days and filled envelopes for his organization, Jews for Jesus.”
A month later, Pratt was spotted by a manager who walked into the restaurant where he worked, and blessings and bigger roles kept coming from there.
In 2009 he was cast in the comedy series as the lovable Andy Dyer Parks and Recreation.
For his next role as a washed up baseball player in the Aaron Sorkin-penned sports drama money ballhe was given a ripped, leading man form, and this new image was part of what propelled him into superhero franchise roles – including Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxyin which his wholesome aura complemented the dazzling special effects.
That middle age hasn’t slowed him down is shown by the fact that he’s currently riding high at the box office Jurassic World Dominionas well as appear in The terminal list. He also continues to be featured in lists of the most beautiful people in the world.
But while he’s still a heartthrob on the outside, there are signs of aging on the inside. A few days before we spoke, he turned 43 and says his biggest birthday treat was a nap.
“No one messed with me. I didn’t move a muscle, I slept so well. My sweet wife, even though she probably needed me to help with the baby, she just said, ‘Let him sleep.’ it was so nice And that’s how you know I’m old now.”
The Terminal List is available now on Amazon Prime Video
Three of Chris Pratt’s best films
money ball (2011)
money ball is a mystery of a movie by taking the most boring part (stats) of one of the most boring sports in the world (baseball) and somehow making it an interesting exploration of the dynamics of competition.
Aaron Sorkin’s drama was based on a bestseller about a California baseball team that cracked some interesting numbers to get ahead. Pratt played the role of one of those baseball players who is so insecure and so adorable that you can’t help but cheer for him.
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
This film was Kathryn Bigelow’s follow-up to her award for Best Picture and Best Director The injured locker. It stars Jessica Chastain as the CIA woman, a role inspired by a real-life investigator from the team that hunted down and killed Osama Bin Laden.
Pratt plays Justin Lenihan, a member of his Navy Seals crack team, and his witty performance marks a notable change from the snuggly comedic roles he’d mostly played up until then.
In the years since its release and with the advent of dating apps, this Spike Jonze film – about a man (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with an AI-generated female voice (Scarlett Johansson) – seems to be resonating more and more. The film poses questions about the surrogate intimacy of technology, the limits of imagination, and the blurring of the line between man and machine.
Pratt plays Paul, a co-worker for the main character, with such goofy aplomb that he serves as a comedic foil for the film’s other more serious characters.
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