It was only a few years ago that Chris Pratt was known for being the slightly overweight dimwitted guy on Parks and Recreation. While a lot of critical acclaim was given to the NBC sitcom and Pratt was considered a highlight among the cast, his position in Hollywood wasn’t exactly soaring.
Before Pratt got into shape for Guardians of The Galaxy, the actor was getting passed on for roles that could not only make his star rise in terms of visibility, but bring home a considerable amount of money.
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Recently, Pratt opened up to GQ about this difficult time, which was only exacerbated when he went to events to support his wife, actress Anna Faris. At the time, Faris was more famous than Pratt, which resulted in people in the business ignoring his existence during red carpet events.
“I’ve had those moments, where I was like the guy holding the purse at events and people just looked right through me. And, you know, 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 f–k, dude?’ I can think of exactly who they are, too, and I hope they f—–g audition for Guardians of the Galaxy.”
It’s not just other actors who didn’t give him a second thought. In fact, Chris Pratt stated that producers and studio people were also on that list of people who looked right through him during those years. “Producers and studio people now who will come up to me and treat me the same way that they were treating Anna. “They’re like, ‘I always knew…’ I’m like, ‘Is that right? That’s interesting, because you f—–g stared right through me the last time.”
Now that the couple is famous, Pratt admits that it is a careful balance, but it sounds like the pair has it under control. “I think it’s something you have to manage. It’s a little different, because she’s achieved enough to hang her hat on for her life, anyways. She’s done really amazing things—she’s always gonna be known for really funny and great work, critically acclaimed work and successful stuff.”
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