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Chris Pratt Says ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’ Helped Him Cope With Father’s Death

”The truth is I ripped open some wounds that had been healing for some time,“ the actor tells British GQ

Chris Pratt’s character in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise has plenty of daddy issues — but in real life, the actor has been dealing with the recent death of his own father, and he says reprising the role of Peter Quill/Star-Lord helped him cope with the loss.

“The truth is I ripped open some wounds that had been healing for some time,” Pratt told British GQ. “And I didn’t want to. But I knew it was right for the moment … There are wounds that are never going to be totally healed.

“It would probably make for a better story if it was some emotional thing that I hadn’t dealt with,” he continued. “When we face the death of a parent, you sometimes feel regret that you didn’t fully embrace what you had.”

The 37-year-old actor lost his father, Dan Pratt — a former Alaska gold miner turned contractor — to multiple sclerosis at age 60 in 2014 while Chris was filming “Jurassic World.” He took a week off filming to be by his dad’s side at the end, according to GQ.

Pratt is now a father to his own four-year-old son, Jack, with actress Anna Faris.

Meanwhile, Star-Lord’s dad is a world away from the “Guardians of the Galaxy” star’s real father. Kurt Russell plays the mysterious parent, who is actually a sentient planet called Ego.

Yeah, we can see how that could create some family difficulties …

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is set to premiere on May 5, 2017. Watch the trailer below.