Actor Chris Pratt on Jurassic World and why he’s a stuntman trapped in an actor’s body
Chris Pratt always knew he was going to be an actor. Discovered in Hawaii while waiting tables, by actress and director Rae Dawn Chong, Pratt’s good looks and wit got him a part in her directorial début, Cursed Part 3. In the news for his constant body transformation, Pratt shed the pounds (that he gained for roles on the small screen and movies like The Delivery Man) for his role in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. All set to headline in Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World, the actor will stay burly to play the character of Owen Grady, who researches dangerous animals, which the Jurassic Park scientists have never done before. The 35-year-old is currently shooting Antoine Fuqua’s remake of The Magnificent Seven with Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke and Peter Sarsgaard. More from him:
How did you prepare for your role in Jurrasic World?
Owen is stoic, quick to act and without a single bit of goofiness, which for me is hard. My natural instinct is to be a goof ball, and it’s something I had to remind myself to quiet before every take. There was a lot of running, jumping, leaping, diving, rolling, punching…a lot of action-hero moments. All that stuff comes easy to me. I’m secretly a stuntman trapped in an actor’s body.
How was it shooting for the film? The shoot began on an air base where air planes took off during World War II. Bryce and I were both in our jungle-worn wardrobe with dirt on our faces, shooting on 65 mm, and you could hear the cameras rolling. We’re stepping on our marks looking at each other, and we could have been on the set of Casablanca. That’s when it became real for me and felt like a very big deal.
Growing up, were you a fan of the original film?
I was 14 years old and at that age where I was impressionable. The science and imagination came together in a way that was full of suspense, beautiful imagery and great storytelling. I had complete Jurassic-mania and saw it twice that weekend. After that, I spent the next six months of my life running from imaginary dinosaurs.
How have you evolved as an actor?
Typically, I was getting typecast as the bad boyfriend. The boyfriend of the girl who you hope ends up with the guy you like. That was my bread and butter for a long time. Looking back, I think I know why. I had always thought my strongest ability was improvisational comedy. My comedic nature understood the irony of a super-happy fat sweaty guy who is completely confident and accepting of who he was. That’s fascinating to people. My bones ached, I had cardiovascular issues, I was unhealthy, I was feeling rotten. I think I was outwardly having more fun. Now I have less fun. I focus more.
Tell us more about your wife Ann Faris.
I married way out of my pay grade. I have no idea how that happened. She’s so funny and is a legit comedy powerhouse. But I don’t know what it is. Anna and I are meant to be together. Our relationship has made me believe in divine intervention and destiny.
As a dinosaur expert, tell me what to do if confronted by a T-Rex?
The trick is, put your head down between your knees and kiss your a** goodbye.
Jurassic World is scheduled to release today.