Actor Chris Pratt made good on his Super Bowl bet with fellow actor and friend Chris Evans, visiting ailing children at Christopher’s Haven in Boston.
Pratt dressed as his Guardians of the Galaxy screen alter ego, “Star Lord,” while Captain America’s Chris Evans went for the more casual human look.
Pratt, an avid Seahawks fan, and Evans, a devout Patriots fan, wagered against each other for Super Bowl XLIX vowing that the loser would visit a children’s hospital in the winner’s native city. Following the Seahawks loss, Pratt and Evans announced that “everyone” was a winner because the dynamic duo would instead visit both areas.
Chris and Chris attended the game together along with Pratt’s wife Anna Farris, tweeting out a selfie of solidarity in rivalry before the game.
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) February 1, 2015
Prior to the game, a handful of fans were treated to hilarious photobombs by Pratt, Evans, and Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon.
The bet proved financially beneficial to both Seattle Children’s Hospital and Christopher’s Haven, raising more than $27,000 in total donations.
“We are grateful that real-life superheroes Chris Pratt and Chris Evans are turning their sports rivalry into an opportunity to support kids in their communities,” Lisa Brandenburg, president of Seattle Children’s Hospital told the Hollywood Reporter earlier in the week.
This is not the fun-loving Pratt’s first venture out in his “Star Lord” costume to lift the spirits of ailing children. In January, he visited a young cancer survivor in Orange County, and in August, Pratt made the rounds at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Pratt has a special place in his heart for hospitalized children, especially after the premature birth of his own son, Jack. Jack was born nine weeks early, and at the time, doctors had told Pratt to prepare for the possibility of raising a special needs child. Though Jack, who is now 2-years-old, exhibits no developmental delays, Chris stated in a recent March of Dimes luncheon that the experience made him consider what kind of dad he wanted to be.
“I made promises in that moment about what kind of dad I wanted to be and I just prayed that he’d live long enough that I could keep them,” he recalled.
Pratt seemed to catapult to the top of the A-list this year with the success of Guardians of the Galaxy. He is probably most well known for his portrayal of the lovable child-like character Andy Dwyer on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. In December, GQ named Pratt “Man of the Year.”
Sick kids and their families who were lucky enough to get a visit from Pratt would probably agree, GQ.
[Image courtesy of Comic Book Resources]