While in L.A. for the Guardians of the Galaxy Press Junket, I was blessed with an amazing opportunity to interview Chris Pratt. Chris plays Peter Quill, also known as Star-Lord in The Guardians Of The Galaxy, which will be released on August 1st.
Chris was very easy to talk to. He was very open, down to earth, and definitely has a comedic side to him. There is so much to love about him. He joked about being a “super hero” now and how strange it is that kids will be dressing up as him for Halloween. He also told us there was an ongoing joke about being replaced by another actor. He said: “James kept telling me over and over that he was going to replace me.” Check out some of my favorite questions from our interview below:
Question: Being a Marvel super hero now, were you a fan of the Guardians before or know anything about them, or a fan of comics?
Chris Pratt: Okay that’s a good question. I was a comic book fan probably eighth grade ninth grade tenth grade right around that time, I think it was maybe even earlier, sixth grade on, I was a fan of comic books. I didn’t have a lot, we didn’t have a ton of money growing up, and so comic books are actually kind of, they’re not expensive, but if you’re broke everything is expensive, you know. So I didn’t have a ton of ‘em, my friends had a lot of them, I would like to draw the pictures out of them. We were big artists, a lot of artists in my family, we would like to draw and paint and things like that. And so I loved the artistry, I loved the, the characters, and what they were, just the, the physicality of the, of the heroes. I was a big fan of that, like was always drawing comic book heroes. And so I was a huge fan of the comic books and- and there was one time that I won three hundred bucks playing Bingo with my mom and bought three hundred bucks worth of comic books. And one of them was a Guardians of the Galaxy comic book and it was right around that time I guess in 1991 there was an incarnation of it.
My thoughts: How cool is that? Knowing that he had the Guardians of the Galaxy Comic Book back in 1991, and read it cover to cover, only to BE Star-Lord years later! I bet that’s many kids dream come true. Below are a few of the other comic books he used to read:
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Question: What was your most memorable moment while filming?
Chris Pratt: That very first day, the very first day we were on set in an area that’s called Morag, which you’ll see in the movie. Oh you saw the movie? Isn’t it so good- I didn’t know you’d seen it, yeah, thank you. And it’s so good, so Morag when like when they had- that was a real set, you know, it looks, it looks so fantastical like it’s just such an epic set it- you, you assume it’s all green screen. The thing was a real set. I mean, we were outside at, at Longcross Studios, I’ll never forget this. I was wearing Quill’s long jacket for the first time. Actually another great moment is the first time I put that jacket on and walked, I was like, oh my God, the jacket was totally telling me how Peter Quill would walk. But I’m running,there’s a wind blowing like probably sixty seventy miles an hour, rain machines, guys are shooting real water from real ponds, hundreds of feet up in the air. And we’re on a, an outdoor setthat’s probably a hundred and fifty yards long, a hundred and fifty yards wide. So it’s a massive like two football fields put together with green screen all the way around these giant shipping containers stacked, stacked like ninety feet high. That was the moment where I thought, holy crap. This is happening, I’m on this movie, and it’s going to be epic.
My thoughts: Just wait until you see this movie-the scenery is amazing, and to now know that most of it was real props, a real set, and only a small portion was green screen is amazing!
Q : How does it feel knowing you’re an iconic hero for younger kids of this generation?
Chris Pratt: Oh my gosh that is, that is to me the greatest part of all this. I remember pretending to be Han Solo in my backyard, or pretending to be Indiana Jones, or Luke Skywalker as a kid. You know, comic books and storytelling of this magnitude is what really helped me cultivate my imagination as a young kid. And to think that kids are going to be out and they’re going to watch this and they’re going to feel that way. It’s just really, I’ve been Googling synonyms for surreal just to try to help explain what it feels like. [LAUGHTER] It’s really cool. And I think to me that’s like by far the, the very greatest feeling is that, is that kids are going to, I’m going to be a hero to these kids. They’re going to dress up like me, yes?
QUESTION: How does it feel to have an action figure doll made of you?
Chris Pratt: That, that to me is pretty, it’s pretty crazy it’s pretty weird. But, my friend has a Peter Quill doll that you push a button and my voice comes out of it. My friends treat me like Flat Stanley. Everywhere they go they’re taking pictures of me, like, oh look at Star Lord, Star Lord at Subway.
My Thoughts: Be sure to check out Hasbro’s amazing line of Guardians Of The Galaxy Toys! We already have Star-Lord action figure and a Rocket mask. So much fun!
Guardians of the Galaxy will be in theaters August 1st.
Stay tuned for my FULL review of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, plus more amazing interviews from the producer James Gunn, and the amazing cast including Christ Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Dave Batista. I have seen the movie, and I can’t give details or spoilers yet, all I will say is GO SEE IT ON FRIDAY! You won’t be disappointed.
Check out my VIN DIESEL (Groot) Interview too!
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Disclosure – I was invited to the #GuardiansoftheGalaxyEvent . Costs and expenses for my trip were covered but all opinions expressed are 100% my own.