Some celebrities seem more like a friend. Chris Pratt is such a genuinely good guy you immediately wish you were friends. He’s funny, he’s kind, he’s a fantastic actor, he loves his wife with an unheard of passion, and lest we all forget….he’s SMOKING HOT. I’ve been lucky to interview him a few times and each and every time I think it won’t be as good, but that’s another thing about him. He never disappoints.
Over the years we have all watched his career with a little awe. He started at as comic relief, but now is one of the elite Movie Stars of our generation. While on set in the ATL he stopped in to chat with us in between takes….in his full Star Lord costume. After all I would expect no less.
Q: So what’s it like being back?
CP: Oh God, it’s great. Yes, it really is. I mean that too. Like this is a long, this movie is coming at the end of a long run of jobs that I’ve had. Fortunate to have three movies back to back. So this is the third one and so I will have been on the road for 13 or 14 months by the time this is over. So it feels, like the perfect movie to have as the third movie, because it’s, you know, I don’t want to compare them, they’re all different, and I love them all. But it’s just James is so good, he knows exactly what he wants. We all know the characters, everyone’s gotten better since the last movie. I’d say we’d really had to pick up right where we left off. And it felt like, I don’t know, it just feels like everyone’s on their A game. Days are totally manageable, and the story is spread out enough to where I have days off. Which is really nice, so I’ve been able to actually get home to LA and Anna and Jack will be able to out and visit me. And it’s like getting a nice warm up for the reentry period for when I go back home.
Q: We got to chat with Kurt Russell for a little while and he was talking about playing your dad. What is it like working with him?
CP: Man, it is, it’s been fucking awesome. Not every actor whose been around as long as he’s been around is a joy to work with. Like he was here about people, well essentially anyone who has the bad reputation, they kind of earned that in a, in, you know, can you have them in, they’ve certainly earned it by, you know, great careers that expand over the years and-and stuff. And it’s anyone’s right to be an asshole on set. Kurt Russell is not, he is so great. I mean, he’s really tough. I lot of people don’t know everything about Kurt Russell, because like he’s like a professional, what was it, a professional baseball player.
He broke a World Record, as like a racecar driver as like a teenager. He was a pilot for like 25 years. He actually flew like delivering packages, like he could build, he breeds horses. He’s such a man. He’s so good. I asked him if he would be my real dad. No offence to my father. But, ah, um, rest in peace dad, but you’ve been replaced by Kurt Russell.
Q: Do you have a favorite song? I know you can’t tell us about this one, but from the last movie, do you, if you had to pick a favorite?
CP: Oh well see… The one thing that’s really beautiful about this volume versus the first, was I decided in a quest to be like, I don’t know, I don’t know what I was thinking. In the first movie, I listened to the first soundtrack my entire, every time I worked out for that movie. So by the time the movie rolled around, I hated every song. No I did. I guess I would have to rank them from my least favorite one.
There are some great songs, some great songs. But what’s great about this second volume is I didn’t do that because… Also it makes sense because Peter Quill just got this tape two months ago, because we’re picking up just a couple of months after the events of the first movie. So it doesn’t have to be engrained in my psyche, the way a take would be that I’ve listened to over, and over, and over again, and have come to hate. And then again, learned to love. Which is really where I’m at now. I might not be quite to the point where I’ve learned to love them again, but I know Peter Quill would have been, you know, it’s like, it’s just a part of, it’s like the pulse of his childhood is this tape, he’s listened to it all the time. I don’t have to do that with the second tape, because I’ve only had it a month. So it’s just awesome, I mean, there are some songs that are some, oh I can’t wait to-to-to see them.
Q: Are you still actively training and working out for your role?
CP: No, I still am. I mean, maybe not as much as the first one, because I didn’t have quite as far to go. I was still in, kind of kept in good shape for the last couple of movies. So this one, I am, just more maintenance than like a big like deadline, you know what I mean. We already shot this sort of shirtless scene, you know. That was pretty early on and you really kind of like plan for that. Then after that, you know, I’m like long sleeve shirts and leather jacket. I will go have a little sandwich or something.
Q: I have a question about the leather jacket, big long one. We got to go into costumes. That thing is heavy. Do you know how much it weighs?
CP: I don’t know, but I think when it’s wet it’s probably close to 50 pounds. There are different various jackets. I have the long duster and the short jacket as well, but on those days when I’m wearing that…In fact, the first time I ever put that jacket on, that was the first time I ever really felt like the character. Like, you know, they say that old added clothes make the man, but really the first time you see yourself in your, for me at least as an actor, when I’m in the wardrobe and I’m looking at myself, and it’s something that I would, that I as a person would never really wear, possibly certainly if they going to end up with a long red leather duster, we don’t have one of those in my wardrobe. Other than the one that I stole from the first movie but…
When you see yourself in the clothes, all of a sudden, the weight of that jacket, the way it moves when you walk, I had like, I found my walk, and I found the feeling of this character for the first time. And Anna says the same thing about her shoes that she wears as character. It’s like she’ll put on the pair of shoes and that’s the first time she really feels it, when she’s literally walking in that person’s shoes.
Q: Has your son come to set, and what does he think of dad as a superhero?
CP: Oh yeah, he’s been to set a few times and I can’t really tell. It’s all about perspective, you know, like he doesn’t have really a world where he’s lived in where his mom and dad weren’t on TV. It’s like, that’s just a natural thing for him, to see Anna on her show or if an old movie is on or something. It’s just that’s life for him. So he comes to set and mostly he’s excited to see me, but he’s about, you know, he’s three and a half, four, he’s smart. I think he loves it that there are like women and other children that are on set, or there are new people for him to like meet and show off. It’s the people, it’s like seeing me is the best thing for him on set, you know what I mean. And for me too when he’s here. The other day, he was, and this is true, and kind of embarrassing.
He was behind the monitor with a ComTech on, watching the monitor and he just turns around and he goes, can I get a coconut water? And I was like, whoa, okay. Somebody needs to go, sweep something up or, he’s getting a little too comfortable. Like, not just to no one in particular, can I get a coconut water? Like who are you talking to first of all? Obviously, you’ve seen somebody do that.
Q: Can you talk about the chemistry on set? Like what it’s like to be there? Is there a lot of pranks, a lot of laughing?
CP: Yeah, it’s really fun man. It’s really fun. It’s hard, it’s some work, but mostly, it goes like in order of quantity, waiting around and being kind of bored, to looking around and having a ton of fun and being really excited to having to do some hard work that you want to end soon. Mostly it’s waiting around. But there’s a great amount of like surreal moments looking at the monitor and, like I was spinning in circles yesterday, opposite Kurt Russell on wires, and we’re flying through the air… Should I say that? Is that how you say it? We’re doing these stunts basically, we’re like just being superheroes, which makes it super awesome.
I’m looking at him and he’s looking at me, and even he’s having a fucking ball, you know. I was like, this is cool. So the work part is really fun, but truly the best part is just getting to know people, because that time when you’re sitting around being bored, you actually just start getting to know people. You spend 10, 12, 13 hours with somebody, I’m talking to Kurt about his life growing up, and what it was like for he and Goldie Hawn, and their relationship. How it’s not, in a weird way not just similar, you know, and like a lot of people make that comparison of Anna to Goldie Hawn after the House Bunny, like ditsy blonde kind of, you know, comedic actress who self-defecates, but is also good looking at the same time. Like these big eyes with blonde hair, really a similar kind of vibe. And then, Kurt is like this guy who, at the time, people were like, what’s oh, what’s Goldie Hawn doing with that guy? I’m like, hey I’ve been there, I know a thing or two about that, I’ve heard that about me a few times. And so we just get to talk about our life and-and the things You just never know who you’re going to work with. You know, the work part will be good, and the movie hopefully will be good, but the experience, the journey, you hope that will be everything that you want it to be.
See what I mean? Unbelievable guy. I can’t wait to see what he does next AND catch him in Vol. 2
About the Movie
Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” blasts into theaters on May 5, 2017
Day Two of our Behind The scenes look at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a wrap!! Make sure to check back in every day this week for tons of more coverage about all things Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Next up: Dave Bautista (“Drax”) and Michael Rooker (“Yondu”) interviews interviews!
***Disclosure: I attended the #GOTGVol2 Event My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***