The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - NEALA JOHN­SON

Chris Pratt was hang­ing out with the head of the stu­dio at Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures the other day – th­ese are the things he does, now that he’s Chris Pratt – when a guy from mer­chan­dis­ing pulled him aside: “Hey man, you’ve gotta come in here …”

Next thing he knew, Pratt had en­tered not so much a Juras­sic World, as a Juras­sic won­der­land.

“It was so cool, there was … ev­ery­thing!” he raves. “Video games, toys, shirts, lunch pails, the whole bit.”

So, who ex­actly is living the dream now that Pratt’s run­ning with dinosaurs in the Juras­sic Park fran­chise re­boot, Juras­sic World?

The al­most 36-year-old ac­tor or his al­most three-yearold son, Jack? (Jack’s mum/Pratt’s wife is funny lady Anna Faris.)

That would be … Pratt Se­nior.

“My son’s a lit­tle young now but in a cou­ple of years, I ex­pect he’ll be rockin’ some sweet Juras­sic World mer­chan­dise.”

Pratt didn’t al­ways have ac­cess to peo­ple and toys in high places.

Be­fore he pro­vided the awe­some voice of the hero in The LEGO Movie, got buff and broke the world’s funny bone as Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy, be­fore com­edy fans loved him as adorable doo­fus Andy in the se­ries Parks and Recre­ation or he played a base­baller along­side Brad Pitt in Money­ball, the Wash­ing­ton state-raised Pratt wasn’t even very good at his cho­sen ca­reer.

“I might seem like a new guy or some­thing – I don’t know how peo­ple per­ceive me – but I’ve been at this for a while now and have not al­ways been a great ac­tor,” Pratt ad­mits with a laugh.

“I’m not call­ing my­self a great ac­tor now but I’ve def­i­nitely learnt. It’s like onthe-job train­ing.”

If he wasn’t good, how ex­actly was he get­ting act­ing jobs be­fore?

“I was just trickin’ peo­ple into hir­ing me!” he laughs. “Now I’ve spent enough time on movie sets I’m start­ing to learn how to han­dle it.

“It’s sort of a fake it ’til you make it men­tal­ity.”

So, not quite made it but on the way? “Still fak­ing it, close to mak­ing it.”

If he does make it, it’s a turn­around of Pratt’s own do­ing. Af­ter see­ing him­self as a Navy SEAL in Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, he re­alised he could do more than play dum­mies and goof around – he could be an ac­tion hero and goof around.

So he fi­nally ceded to his agent’s nag­ging to au­di­tion for Guardians of the Galaxy.

Pre­dicted to be Marvel’s first ma­jor mis­fire, the gang of rag­tag outer space he­roes – with Pratt at the fore – de­liv­ered the third high­est­gross­ing film of 2014.

Mean­while, the biz had caught on early – Pratt was film­ing Juras­sic World be­fore Guardians was re­leased.

Asked if the sur­prise suc­cess of Guardians gave him a shot of lead­ing-man con­fi­dence, Pratt says, “I’ve been feel­ing my con­fi­dence grow­ing over time,” then pauses.

“My con­fi­dence has al­ways been high but I don’t know that my skill set has ever matched my con­fi­dence. I’m start­ing to feel like maybe it’s get­ting closer, you know?”

Twenty-two years sep­a­rate Steven Spiel­berg’s orig­i­nal Juras­sic Park block­buster from Juras­sic World in both re­al­world and movie time.

All the hopes founder John Ham­mond (played by the late Richard At­ten­bor­ough) ever had for his dino theme park have been re­alised in the shape of Juras­sic World, an is­land luxury re­sort.

In their ef­forts to keep the pay­ing public com­ing back, man­age­ment has been dab­bling in ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied breeds, one of which, the In­domi­nus rex, is about to make its de­but …

Pratt plays Owen, an an­i­mal be­hav­iour ex­pert who is hap­pier train­ing a pack of ve­loci­rap­tors than he is deal­ing with head of­fice.

“He finds him­self in that un­com­fort­able po­si­tion of both re­belling against and work­ing for the sys­tem,” Pratt ex­plains.

“The mes­sage we learn in th­ese movies is: don’t med­dle with na­ture for your own en­ter­tain­ment or profit, or else it’ll come back to lit­er­ally bite you in the ass.”

Juras­sic World opens to­day

Chris Pratt plays an­i­mal be­hav­iour ex­pert Owen in the movie Juras­sic World.

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