With "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Parks and Recreation's" Chris Pratt not only becomes a movie star but also a superhero. While you might not expect it from the characters he's played in the past, Pratt is ready to make that jump, even if he still doesn't believe it himself.
"It's pretty f***ing crazy," he tells Zap2it at the movie's press junket. "It's unreal, it's weird, it's exciting. I feel like I'm ready to do this, but I don't know what the h*** to expect."
In some ways, it's impossible to know what to expect. After all, "Guardians of the Galaxy" isn't necessarily one of Marvel's best-known properties. "What I expected going into this was that Marvel is going to get the word out there," Pratt says. "But with a title like 'Guardians of the Galaxy', that isn't as far reaching as 'Spider-Man' or 'Wolverine', I figured the movie would have to be really good for it to actually be successful." Luckily, he thinks it's "pretty d*** good."
One of the most important components, Pratt believes, is Zoe Saldana's character Gamora. "It's really what makes the movie so cutting edge and relevant to today," he says. "The most powerful character is a woman and it should be because our most powerful people are women."
Gamora plays a good foil for Pratt's Peter Quill. "He's like this heroic dude," Pratt says, "but he's so self-centered and shallow that when he does have a heroic moment, he's so caught up in admiring himself that you can't have a real moment." That leaves Gamora to put him in line, which Pratt says she has no trouble with. "She kicks the crap out of him at the Xandar mall," he laughs. "She works him, kicks his a**."
Quill is able to get in a little bit of offense, though. After all, Pratt went through a body transformation for his movie roles, cutting back on beer and instead focusing on the gym. He's got to put those muscles to use somewhere. While it was a big change for the actor, it's one he has adjusted to for now. "I sat down for an interview the other day and thought, 'You know, I should have a beer. I'm a man about town'," he says. "So I ordered a beer, took one sip and I was like, 'I don't think I like beer anymore. I'd like some tea.'"
Still, he knows that a chiseled physique isn't something he wants to keep forever, adding, "It's good to be healthy and do exercise, but you've got to live your life. Life is too damn good ... Don't blink, I'll be a big guy soon once Marvel's done with me."
Though chances are that's going to be quite a while. After all, "Guardians of the Galaxy 2" was announced during San Diego Comic-Con. Beyond that, there's the likelihood that the movie will cross over with another Marvel franchise, like "The Avengers."
"It's crazy to think I'm going to potentially be doing a scene with Robert Downey Jr.," Pratt says with a gleam in his eye. "That's pretty wild." Wild as it may be, it's could soon be a reality. With a world like the Marvel universe, there are no end to the possibilities cameos and crossovers. "It's limitless," Pratt says. "It's truly limitless."
"Guardians of the Galaxy" is in theaters Aug. 1.
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