Guardians of the Galaxy 2: Chris Pratt Explains His 'Emotional Journey'

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Character Poster for Star-Lord aka Peter Quill - Cropped

From the moment writer and director James Gunn started talking about his pitch for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy,Vol 2, it was described as a more personal and emotional story and a story about fathers and family. Star Chris Pratt, who plays Peter Quill a.k.a. Star-Lord in the cosmic adventure, said he cried the first time he read anything from the sequel's script.

And while Star-Lord will be back for two Avengers movies and Guardians of the Galaxy 3 - and maybe more since Pratt is willing to sign for more movies - we have to learn about his origin tale and his true parenthood which is what Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is all about.

Screen Rant interviewed Chris Pratt on the set of the sequel and again, this time on video, during the press junket to discuss what is it like to play Peter Quill again a few years later, where he thinks Peter’s next journey will take him, and what may be coming up for Jurassic World 2.

I loved this movie. Absolutely loved it.

Chris Pratt: Thanks, Joe.

The connection between Peter and his dad really hits home for me.

Chris Pratt: Okay.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 BTS Set Photo - Ego Ship Chris Pratt James Gunn
Chris Pratt and director-writer James Gunn

Mainly because me and my dad went to go see the other Guardians and he has never seen a comic book movie in his life and he loved it. And now he can’t wait for this movie and can’t wait again to see it.

Chris Pratt: That’s amazing.

For Star-Lord he is kind of a scoundrel, but he goes through this emotional journey. How is it playing that?

Chris Pratt: You know, as an actor, you just really have to relish opportunities to go on an emotional journey like this with the character you are playing. It was great. It was great. I felt safe. I felt like I was in a safe place. I implicitly trust James. And, you know, there are parts that are easier than others in playing this character and parts that are harder than others. And the whole time I felt the love and support. It was great. I had a great time.

This is Peter’s big emotional journey. What do you think, personally, what is next for Peter?  Obviously going back to Earth might be a thing because he has unfinished business there...

Chris Pratt: Yeah. Yeah. We haven’t seen the Guardians on Earth yet. But I think, story wise, what is beautiful about this is the potential of Guardians of the Galaxy to go on and make several volumes is that you can explore space. You can expand outward. You don’t have to fold in on yourself the way sometimes comic book movies will or superhero movies will. You get to further explore and I think there is a ton untapped potential in all the relationships between the Guardians. You know, we’ve now figured out the full origin of Peter Quill. We know who his mother is and from where he came. We know who raised him and who his biological father is by the end of this movie. This is all stuff we’ve learned about Quill, but there is a lot more to learn about Quill and all the other Guardians of the Galaxy. You know, I could spitball but there is a lot of potential to do this for a long time.

Jurassic World - Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins

Let’s spitball for a second here. Where would you like to see Peter go in either Volume 3 or Infinity War?

Chris Pratt: Well, I’m curious to see what would happen if Peter went home to his home planet. I’m curious to see what kind of trouble he got in relationship-wise before he met Gamora. I’m curious to see just who he screwed over in his life to get where he is. I’m curious to see what his behavior as a ravager has done and how that will karmically resonate through the cosmos and come back to him. I want to see him as a father figure to Groot. I want to see him, you know, there is a lot more. Those are just a few ideas at the top of my head.

Awesome.Those are awesome. One thing that I’m a huge fan of that you are in is Jurassic World. Can you tell me anything about that?

Chris Pratt: Oh man! J. A. Bayona? You know that filmmaker? He is a remarkable filmmaker. If you haven’t seen The Impossible or A Monster Calls, he is really a master.Visually very masterful. Really deep emotions and suspense and, I think, it’s going to be a scarier version. A little bit darker and will continue to expand and carry the story forward in a way that is really unexpected and that you wouldn’t have imagined.

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Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is written and directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Tommy Flanagan, Laura Haddock, with Sylvester Stallone, and Kurt Russell. Kevin Feige is producing, and Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nikolas Korda and Stan Lee are the executive producers.

Key Release Dates
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) release date: May 05, 2017
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) release date: Jul 07, 2017
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
  • Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
  • Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
  • Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
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