Before he became a household name, Chris Pratt was typecasted by Hollywood in one of two movie roles: the “bumbling, chubby sidekick” and loser boyfriend. Since undergoing a body transformation, the star has maintained his hilariously vulgar sense of humor but admits the transition to chiseled abs wasn’t easy.
“I saw myself and I thought, ‘Wow, I’m getting fat.’ And then immediately I was like, ‘This is the funniest…’ I was making myself laugh. I was: ‘That’s where it’s at. There’s no one doing that. No one being like a super-confident dumb fat guy.’ So I started… And in that moment I was like, ‘Oh great, I found my niche–this is paying better than the asshole-boyfriend parts,” Pratt told GQ in an interview for the magazine’s June cover story.
Pratt also recalls director James Gunn‘s irritation with his insecurities on the set of “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
“I thought I was bad, I thought I was doing bad acting,” he said. “He’d be, ‘It’s not your fucking movie, dude, it’s mine! Trust me and shut the fuck up and do what the fuck I tell you,” Pratt said.
TheWrap picks 5 buzziest revelations from the hilarious and expletive-ridden interview:
On being typecasted in movies early on in his career
“Typically, I was getting typecast as the bad boyfriend. [Or] the boyfriend of the girl who you hope ends up with the guy you like. That was my bread and butter for a long time… Looking back, I think I know why. Physically, I looked like an asshole… Like Johnny in ‘The Karate Kid,’ you know?”
On his nudity tendencies as a teenager
“I got suspended from the track team in high school for getting naked on the track bus. I was always getting naked. I thought it was hilarious. I didn’t understand how somebody could be so offended by me just taking my junk out.”
On being invisible alongside wife Anna Faris on the red carpet
“I’ve had those moments where I was like the guy holding the purse at events and people just looked right through me… Actors come up and just blatantly hit on my wife in front of me and don’t even look at me. I’m like ‘What the fuck, dude?’ I can think of exactly who they are, too, and I hope they fucking audition for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’… Also, producers and studio people now who will come up to me and treat me the same way they were treating Anna. They’re like, ‘I always knew…’ I’m like, ‘Is that right? That’s interesting, because you fucking stared right through me the last time…'”
On using road rage to further his acting skills
“Just get mad. Just get fucking pissed at this cunt who just cut you off. This fucking bitch. I was so mad. It cost me twenty minutes, because she wouldn’t let me get over, and then I’m fucking on some other freeway going the wrong way. I’m running late. I was so pissed. And part of me was, ‘Okay, great, this is great research–what do you look and sound like right now?'”
On sending poop pics to “Parks and Recreation” costar Nick Offerman
“Not like every poop, but if it’s special enough… If it’s shaped like a letter–that qualifies. Like, one time I had one that was three pieces that landed in the shape of an N--I was like, ‘Gotta send that to Nick–it’s his first initial!’
The June issue of GQ hits newsstands in New York and Los Angeles on May 19 and nationwide on May 26.