With Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt is now one of the biggest movie stars on the planet. He’s just not as “big” as he once was any longer.
While the film has dominated the box office, raking in over $126 million over the weekend, much has been made of Pratt’s dramatic weight loss and toned exterior. It’s been reported that the Parks and Recreations star lost 60 pounds in six months and completely transformed his body for the role. Chris opened up to Esquire about how he motivated himself to get in shape and stay that way to help land the role:
“What you want is instant results when you’re out of shape. But when you’re in shape, you know it’s the result of doing a little bit every day. Moments aren’t just moments. A moment might be a week or a month. So instead of Boy, I’d love to eat this hamburger right now, I’m considering a little further into the future. I’m thinking, I eat that hamburger and that’s 1,200 calories, and I’m gonna work out tomorrow and lose 800 calories. I may as well eat a salad here, still do that workout, and then I’m actually making progress.”
Pratt was also motivated by a previous audition that did not go smoothly a few years prior, which almost led him to pass on Guardians of the Galaxy:
“When ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ was pitched to me, I said, ‘I don’t think so.’ I just didn’t picture myself getting the role. I didn’t want to go and embarrass myself like I did when I auditioned for ‘G.I. Joe’ a couple of years previously. I went in there, and halfway through I saw the director’s eyes just glaze over. It made sense — I was a little heavy and out of shape.”
Motivated by this failure, Chris did agree to audition for the role and his life was changed forever. But motivation alone was not enough to actually lose the weight. Pratt mentioned to Men’s Fitness how he needed to put in “three or four hours a day of just consistent, ass-kicking hard work” to achieve his dramatic weight loss. This hard work included sessions of P90X, running, swimming, boxing, kickboxing, and even a triathlon. The results are pretty striking:
“I like clothes now. I have more energy. I sleep better. My sex drive is up. Blood’s flowing. I’m less susceptible to impulse. I’m in a different mode.”
Thanks to his dramatic weight loss and Guardians of the Galaxy’s smash success, Chris Pratt is the feel good story in Hollywood. And as reported by The Inquisitr, Pratt’s success isn’t going to end there. Pratt is continuing his new in-shape lifestyle as he prepares himself for a role in next year’s Jurassic World reboot out in 2015.
[Chris Pratt image courtesy of his Instagram page]