Chris Pratt who plays the role of Starlord in the new hit comic book film ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ very nearly turned the role down.
In a new interview for Esquire the actor spoke of his doubts when going up for the role as well as the audition process that he had to go through in order to get it. One of his concerns was the the movie would fail and go the same way as the poorly received GI Joe film.
“When Guardians of the Galaxy was pitched to me, I said, ‘I don’t think so.’ I just didn’t picture myself getting the role,” Pratt says. “I didn’t want to go and embarrass myself like I did when I auditioned for G.I. Joe a couple of years previously. I went in there, and halfway through I saw the director’s eyes just glaze over. It made sense — I was a little heavy and out of shape. I was not gonna play someone from G.I. Joe. I did not look like a G.I. Joe action figure come to life.”
Pratt famously got himself into shape to play the main hero in the film and now he says he literally feels like a superhero thanks to the changes that he had to make with his lifestyle to accommodate such a physical role.
“I can do 40-inch box jumps now. Action-hero physical stuff,” he says. “Jumping that high feels really good. You see a giant hillside, and you think, I wanna get up that. You see a building, you think, I could climb that. When you get in shape, the world around you becomes things you wanna jump on and climb up.”
‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ is out now in most cinema’s and well worth the watch.