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CHRIS PRATT UPS HIS STAR STATUS IN THE LATEST ACTION-PACKED DINOSAUR DRAMA JURASSIC WORLD
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.