DINO-MIGHT!

Just an­other day of chas­ing (and be­ing chased by) pre­his­toric crit­ters! Chris Pratt and Bryce Dal­las Howard hit the jun­gle again in Juras­sic World: Fallen King­dom.

Chattanooga Times Free Press - Parade - - Parade - By Amy Spencer

Chris Pratt has crossed the cos­mos in

Guardians of the Galaxy and its se­quel and, most re­cently, in Avengers:

Infinity War. Bryce Dal­las Howard shared the screen with the fire-breath­ing star of Pete’s Dragon and hung with Mar­vel’s fa­mous web-slinger in Spi­der-Man 3.

This month, they’ll again con­front some old foes in Juras­sic World: Fallen

King­dom (in the­aters June 22). And the matchup, as they say, is un­like any of their oth­ers: This grudge match is pre­his­toric, sort of. Now, says Pratt, 38, “we’re not just scared of the di­nosaurs, we feel like we need to be their stew­ards, help take care of them, be­cause they’re the re­sult of our cre­ation.”

The new film, the fifth in­stall­ment of the Juras­sic Park se­ries, picks up a few years af­ter things at the Juras­sic World theme park went wrong. Af­ter the hy­brid di­nosaurs cre­ated by sci­en­tists broke free of their en­clo­sures on the trop­i­cal is­land of Isla Nublar, tough Navy vet­eran Owen Grady (Pratt) and tightly wound park op­er­a­tions man­ager Claire Dear­ing (Howard) had suc­cess­fully evac­u­ated to the main­land, leav­ing some of the cloned di­nos be­hind to freely roam the is­land.

But, Pratt says, as his and Howard’s char­ac­ters learned in the pre­vi­ous film, Juras­sic

World (2015), “If you med­dle with sci­ence, it will bite you in the butt—with teeth.”

And in­deed, this time around the film­mak­ers added a few more teeth and upped the fear fac­tor. “We start off with the smaller stuff, like an erupt­ing vol­cano on an aban­doned is­land full of di­nosaurs,” says Howard, 37, “and then we work our way up to the re­ally scary stuff: di­nosaurs in a child’s bed­room.”

CHILD­HOOD FEARS

There were no di­nosaurs lurk­ing in the bed­rooms of ei­ther star when they were kids, but each ad­mits to be­ing scared of some­thing.

Pratt was born to mom Kath­leen and dad Daniel in Vir­ginia, Minn., and raised in Wash­ing­ton state. The youngest of three sib­lings, he “was ter­ri­fied of swimming un­til I was prob­a­bly, like, 9—even if I had a life jacket on,” he says. “I was cer­tain I was gonna drown.” He now lives

in Los An­ge­les, with a sec­ond home in Wash­ing­ton’s San Juan Is­lands, and is co-par­ent­ing his son, Jack, 5, with ac­tress Anna Faris, the star of TV’s Mom. The pair sep­a­rated in July 2017 af­ter eight years of mar­riage.

Howard was born in Los An­ge­les to mother Ch­eryl and dad Ron Howard, the ac­claimed di­rec­tor whose most re­cent project is Solo: A Star Wars Story. The el­dest of four sib­lings, she says she was afraid of “com­pli­cated” food. “Any food that seemed ad­ven­tur­ous just ter­ri­fied me,” she says. Howard now lives in New York with her hus­band of 12 years, ac­tor Seth Ga­bel, 36

(Fringe, Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story), and their kids, Theo, 11, and Beatrice, 6.

THE ROAD TO HOL­LY­WOOD

When the ac­tors talk about their path to star­dom, they each have a “dis­cov­ery” story that sounds like it came right out of the movies.

Pratt was work­ing as a waiter at a Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restau­rant in La­haina, Maui, with a skill set that made him pop­u­lar with pa­trons but not ex­actly man­age­ment ma­te­rial. “I played games with the kids. They’re like, ‘Where’s my food?’ and I’m like, ‘Who cares?! We’re in Hawaii!’ ” One day in the late ’90s, ac­tress Rae Dawn Chong sat at his ta­ble and was so charmed, she asked if Pratt could act and told him to give her his num­ber. I was like, ‘I live in a van—give me your num­ber,’ ” he says, laugh­ing. Ten days later, he was the lead in her hor­ror com­edy Cursed Part 3 and “I got paid $700!”

From there, he worked his way into tele­vi­sion in Ever­wood, The O.C. and even­tu­ally into his break­out com­edy role as Andy Dwyer on Parks and Re­cre­ation.

Howard grew up watch­ing her fa­ther work—and even got to ap­pear as an ex­tra on­screen in his films once she turned 7. But her first act­ing stints were all on the live stage. Af­ter a per­for­mance of As

You Like It at New York City’s Pub­lic Theater, di­rec­tor M. Night Shya­malan, cast­ing for his 2004 film, The Vil­lage, came back­stage and asked her to lunch. That led to her lead­ing role in the film, then to other roles in Lady in the Wa­ter,

The Help (she ate Minny’s in­fa­mous pie) and the fan-fa­vorite “Nose­dive” episode of the Net­flix show Black Mir­ror, of­ten ranked as one of the top 10 episodes of the en­tire se­ries.

THE BE­GIN­NING OF A BEAU­TI­FUL FRIEND­SHIP

Af­ter talks for the first Juras­sic

World be­gan, Pratt and Howard met for the first time in per­son on the 2014 Golden Globes red car­pet, a mo­ment Howard’s fa­ther cap­tured on cam­era and tweeted about, be­fore re­al­iz­ing the cast­ing an­nounce­ment wasn’t of­fi­cial. “It was so great,” re­calls Pratt glee­fully, “be­cause I was like, ‘OK, they haven’t told me I got the job—but they’re not go­ing to tell Ron Howard he’s wrong!’ I think Ron Howard got me this job. Thank you, Ron! Such an awe­some dad mo­ment.”

Af­ter their wildly suc­cess­ful first dino film in 2015, the pair re­u­nited last year to film much of Fallen King­dom on the Kualoa Ranch in Oahu, Hawaii. But even sur­rounded by trop­i­cal par­adise, they faced more than a few chal­lenges on cam­era, from film­ing in a chlo­ri­nated pool that fried Pratt’s hair and skin to rid­ing in a zero-grav­ity gy­ro­sphere that made Howard nau­seous. And Pratt had to do some awk­ward face-offs with a ve­loci­rap­tor that wasn’t re­ally there—un­til the spe­cial-ef­fects depart­ment cre­ated it. He acts out how he’d say to the air in front of him, “Get back, get back . . .” and then “Whoa!” as he’d throw him­self on the ground. The cam­era crew, watch­ing on mon­i­tors nearby, “didn’t want to say how stupid it looked!”

But the pair agrees the hard­est scene to film was ac­tu­ally a knee-bust­ing, phys­i­cally tax­ing sprint straight down some rocky hills. “It felt like we were on a ski slope with no snow, and go­ing as fast as you go when you’re ski­ing,” says Pratt. “We had to be go­ing over 20 miles per hour—I’m not jok­ing!”

KID STUFF

Off­screen, they bonded over par­ent­ing—es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing that Pratt’s son, Jack, and Howard’s daugh­ter, Bea, got along roy­ally when they both came for on-set vis­its. “They’re su­per com­pat­i­ble,” says Howard. “Sort of like us.” Yeah, says Pratt, “he’s so in love. They spend time to­gether, and she bosses him around, and he loves it! I to­tally see them, like, one day in the fu­ture prob­a­bly be­ing mar­ried. Which is cool. I would be OK with it!”

In his down­time, Pratt spends time with Jack on his Wash­ing­ton farm, tak­ing him fishing and out in the row­boat. “That’s my es­cape,” he says. “Phones don’t work up there. It’s just beau­ti­ful sun­light, not a lot of talk­ing, and hard work—just, like, mov­ing hay and an end­less list of projects that need to be done.”The lat­est to-do on the list: turn­ing a nearby lake into a fish­ery by scuba div­ing down to help place weed mats for new fish. “It’s ba­si­cally like a 22-acre aquar­ium, so we’re gonna just go up there and turn it into a world-class bass fish­ery,” he says. Pro­fes­sion­ally, his next move is start­ing pro­duc­tion on the film Cowboy Ninja Vik­ing, based on a comic book se­ries.

Howard looks for­ward to din­ner with her kids. “I’m a to­tally ter­ri­ble cook,” she says with a laugh, “but just hang­ing out with them—once they’ve stopped com­plain­ing about what­ever’s be­ing pre­sented to them—it’s so fun.” Af­ter that, she’s ei­ther read­ing, or writ­ing or watch­ing a movie, or think­ing about it. “I have a very one-track mind, very lim­ited in­ter­ests,” she says. This year, she’s tran­si­tion­ing to the other side of the cam­era, into di­rect­ing full-time with her fea­ture-film de­but, Sorta Like a Rock Star for Net­flix. It’s

based on a young adult novel by Matthew Quick, who also wrote

Sil­ver Lin­ings Play­book.

And all those fears they had as kids? They’ve shifted to their own kids—“nor­mal adult parental fears,” says Pratt. “We’re liv­ing in a dif­fer­ent time and there are new dan­gers present that never were be­fore.” It’s part of the rea­son they’re so grate­ful to be mak­ing movies that give view­ers a brief break from the real world.

“It’s es­capist en­ter­tain­ment,” says Howard, who com­pares

Fallen King­dom to rid­ing a roller coaster. “When you’re on a roller coaster, you’re not think­ing about your prob­lems at home; you’re like, ‘Wooo!’ ” And, they agree, we need a ride like that right now more than ever.

“As a na­tion that’s grow­ing fur­ther and fur­ther apart, it’s a ten­der time,” says Pratt. “There’s some­thing sort of beau­ti­ful about a movie like this, that you can sit down in a theater, and you might be sit­ting next to some­one with whom you com­pletely dis­agree po­lit­i­cally—but in that mo­ment, you’re shar­ing an ex­pe­ri­ence that tran­scends all of the other ex­pe­ri­ences that seem to di­vide us right now. It’s like, ‘All right,

fine. Di­nosaurs are scary. And the pop­corn tastes pretty good, I agree. Dam­mit, two things! Makin’ real progress here!’ ”

The truth is, he says, there are so few in­stances any­more where you get to be quiet and turn off your phone.

“Movie the­aters and planes,” says Howard. Pratt nods. “And what do we do on planes?” he asks. “We watch movies.”

Pratt says co-star Howard is set to be “one of the most «ÀœˆwV w““>ŽiÀà ˆ˜ …ˆÃ̜ÀÞ°»

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