Chris Pratt Talks Hilarious ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Workout Routine

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 24th, 2013 at 11:04 pm,

Writer and director James Gunn repeatedly points out that Marvel Studios is finding success in adapting obscure characters to the big screen by selecting actors who are right for the roles as opposed to actors who from a business perspective may be more marketable. It’s that thought process that let Gunn make the unusual, yet inspired casting choice of Chris Pratt as the lead in Guardians of the Galaxy over dozens of others who auditioned.

When first cast, some fans of NBC’s Parks and Recreation didn’t find Pratt to be in “superhero shape” for such a role, but the actor’s workout regiment for his supporting role in Zero Dark Thirty helped prove otherwise. Then came the photo

Two weeks ago, before stepping into the spotlight with castmates at Comic-Con this weekend, Pratt tweeted an image of him topless. He admitted doing so was “douchey” and that his brother convinced him to do it to show fans that he’s taking the physical aspect of the Guardians of the Galaxy job seriously, so while at Comic-Con he was asked about it.

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The leader in the flesh right here…

Chris Pratt: [Looks around] Me? Holy shit! Yea, it’s me.

What can we expect from your Star-Lord/Peter Quill?

“Oh man that’s a tough question…there have been a lot of incarnations of this character over the years and I think what’s nice about James Gunn, who’s directing this, he really wants this to be an organic and sort of real character that I can breathe my own spirit into. So it’s going to be unique cause most people don’t know who I am. So hopefully it will be a little bit of me in there and that will make it different than if it wasn’t me. I’ll probably get better at these questions as the time goes by. (laughs)”

Were you surprised by the overwhelmingly positive response to the Instragram photo you posted?

“Oh yea that was something else! That was like… I’ve never really felt any douchier  the day after I sent that photo out. And I had all my friends tearing me apart on that one. For the most part it was pretty positive. I haven’t always been fat but I have been fat for about the last eight years which is really fun and really great I love eating food and drinking beerand having fun with my life. But I was also kind of depressed a little bit when I was fat. I think there’s probably people out there that can agree and understand what that feels like. And I’ll them, ‘hey, if you just bust your ass and get after it all it takes is about 6 months really. 6 months flies by whether you’re working out every day or whether you’re not. So if you feel compelled totry to do something about it, take some action get into shape then do it. You could, you really could do it in 6 months and all you have to do is book a Marvel movie and have a deadline. And if you don’t and get fat then you might get fired then it’s easy.”

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Read our description of the Guardians of the Galaxy Comic-Con footage and check out our character guide for more! Happy with the Peter Quill casting choice?

Guardians of the Galaxy is directed by James Gunn off of his script co-written by Nicole Perlman. It stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly, and Glenn Close.


Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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  1. LOL Chris Pratt’s humor is straight up like Peter Quill’s. This guy is Pete 24/7!

    • Lol! So true! Couldn’t agree with you more.

      • Perfect casting all the way around, but especially in this case.

  2. I like his self depricating humour. He’s not snarky towards others and seems to have a very cheerful, friendly disposition.

    I’ve gotta feeling we may have a RDJ type of profile explosion for Chris Pratt.

    • Thats actually a fantastic observation! Hadnt thought about it like that but you could be spot on.

    • @ Motoko

      “I’ve gotta feeling we may have a RDJ type of profile explosion for Chris Pratt.”

      I think you’re right. This guy IS Peter Quill from the looks and sound of it.

      I’ve got to hand it to the Marvel casting department, these guys always get it right when it comes to casting actors for roles.

      • I never know if I’m about to take you seriously or if I should expect something from Tony Stark’s persona.

        I think I always secretly hope for the latter.

  3. I was skeptical of the GOTG when it was first announced (nothing but a casual fan here)… until they announced Chris Pratt as one of the leads. This dude is awesomely hilarious. I’m so there.

  4. I’m always a fan of fat guys who metamorphed himself into a slim and ripped figure, so Chris Pratt is no exception. I personally never seen any of his movies before, but the minute I saw his GotG interview, I fell in love with this guy instantly and can’t wait to see him in action.
    You know what would be more awesome? If Marvel eventually put all Chris-es in one movie, so that they start calling each other with last name (turning their first name into family name XD). Evans, Hemsworth, Pratt! That would make a fine 3-stooges combo considering all of them are hillarious. Marvel totally need to bring their Chris-fetish to the big screen hahaha

    • Hahaha, that would be awesome!

  5. I like that guy.

  6. I’m not familiar with GotG, but I love Chris Pratt. He owns every role, no matter how big or small. He’s funny, charming, charismatic . . . I’m hoping this will be his breakout role.

    And I agree with others above who said Pratt might be the next RDJ.

    • Agree with James Gunn, he was the 1st to say that lol

  7. I really like the guy already and what I heard about how Star-Lord will be in the movie, I love him as the lead as well.

    Can’t wait for this movie.

  8. I do find it kind of funny though how important it is for him to be ripped when he’s a fully loose-clothed character.

    I’m sure they’ll find some way to take his shirt off though. Wouldn’t want all his hard work to go to waste, right?

    Also, this guy really really does remind me of James Kirk…

  9. “I’ll probably get better at these questions as the time goes by”

    Haha, he sounds cool.

  10. Ugh he was cute before now he’s smoking hot Anna faris is such a lucky ass woman ( sigh)

  11. Go watch Delivery Man then Guardians of the Galaxy and you’ll see how he gained 60 pounds then lost 70. He is really committed.