Greatest generally known as the lovably dim Andy Dwyer on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, it was the lead function in Guardians of the Galaxy that turned Chris Pratt right into a full-blown celebrity. Other than his transformation from goofy sidekick to charismatic main man, Pratt underwent a headline-making bodily transformation to guide the rag-tag workforce of house misfits as Peter Quill.
“For me it felt like an ideal match proper off the bat. I felt like at my very first audition that I nailed it, however, I used to be afraid that I wasn’t bodily proper for it as a result of I used to be nonetheless fairly huge,” Pratt admitted to The Huffington Submit. “I imply, I knew he had my spirit—I knew that my spirit was proper. And I knew it sounded proper, I simply did not look proper but.”
And director James Gunn on the time kind of agreed, admitting, “I did not even wish to see Chris at first. He was obese on the time, and he appeared like a comedy man, and he did not assume he was the best particular person for the function. However he got here in, and he was doing his audition, and 20 seconds into his audition I am like, ‘That is the man.'”
Nonetheless, Pratt went on to lose 60 kilos in six months, hilariously documenting the journey on Instagram (“Six months no beer. #GOTG Kinda douchy to publish this however my brother made me” was the caption for one shirtless health club pic) and ultimately touchdown countless journal covers and headlines touting his spectacular new bod.
“He is a hilariously frumpy, doofy man in Parks and Rec, and he is an extremely kickass ripped man in Zero Darkish Thirty and that is fairly superior,” Feige mentioned after the sudden casting information was formally introduced. “He will want that in Guardians. That is a wide array proper there.”
Little did Pratt know again within the audition course of that the Marvel workforce was wanting method down the road, with Feige revealing, “We at all times solid for the film we’re making, however we even have an eye fixed on the longer term. So once we had been casting Chris Pratt, we wanted the very best Star-Lord, however on the similar time, we mentioned, ‘We’d like any individual who at some point would possibly go toe to toe with Robert Downey Jr.'” (Which they did in Infinity Conflict.)
Whereas it is onerous to think about anybody apart from Pratt and his easy allure and swagger enjoying Peter, Marvel had thought of Eddie Redmayne, Joel Edgerton, Jack Huston, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Lee Tempo for the function, with Tempo ending up taking up the function of villain Ronan the Accuser. However the No. 1 contender after Pratt appeared to be an It is All the time Sunny in Philadelphia star: Glenn Howerton.