Dailies | Chris Pratt Talks Dramatic Weight Loss for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (Video)

“For this movie, I did have to take care of myself for a while, but that’s quickly going to go away,” Pratt told David Letterman on “Late Show”

Chris Pratt looks to be in great shape for “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which opens this Friday, but that wasn’t always the case. And, according to his appearance on “Late Show,” it won’t be the case for long.

He told Letterman that he’d never really taken care of his body before he was cast in “Guardians of the Galaxy.” “For this movie, I did have to take care of myself for a while,” he said. “But that’s quickly going to go away.”

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Fans of “Parks & Recreation” know that Pratt was heavier through much of that show’s run, until more recently when he was toning up for his role as Star-Lord in “Guardians.” He told Letterman that he was 290 pounds before he started getting in shape for his Marvel debut.

When Letterman balked at the number, Pratt amended it to 390 pounds, and then 490. When he was asked how much he weighed during filming, Pratt deadpanned, “113 pounds,” adding that four pounds of that was spray tan.

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His dreams of letting himself go may not work out as well as he’s hoping. Pratt signed a multi-film deal with Marvel, and the second “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie has been greenlit for a 2017 release.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” co-stars Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Djimon Hounsou, Karen Gillan, Glenn Close, John C. Reilly, Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin. It was directed by James Gunn based on a screenplay he wrote with Nicole Perlman. Produced by Kevin Feige, Walt Disney Studios will release the Marvel Studios film to theaters on Friday, Aug. 1.