Chris Pratt covers the June issue of GQ to promote Jurassic World. He was one of the magazine’s men of the year in 2014, and they usually treat him well (much better than Esquire does). This time, GQ does Pratt a bit dirty (which he also does to himself). To start, Pratt doesn’t really look like Pratt. Go here to see the full shoot. It’s pretty wild. Part of the issue is that Pratt’s retained his low body fat but lost muscle in between action movies. The other reason is overzealous photoshopping. CB thinks he looks like Matthew McConaughey. I’ve seen Paul Rudd mentioned a few times too. These photos look like bizarro Pratt.
The interview is full-on Pratt, but there are few different versions of Pratt. There’s one Pratt who French braids his wife’s hair, visits children’s hospitals, and talks about the vicious cycle of emotional eating. There’s also a more obnoxious Pratt who comes out to play on occasion. Both versions make appearances here. He refers to himself as a former “pet fat guy” when talking about how wife Anna Faris misses cooking for him. This stuff happens too:
Comedy typecasting fueled his weight gain: “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. So I just got fatter, and the laughs kept coming, and it was funnier and funnier. And in that moment I was like, ‘Oh great, I found my niche–this is paying better than the a**hole-boyfriend parts.’ ”
The myth of the “happy plump man”: “I’m sure I was the first guy in line to buy that line of bullsh*t. I also understood that there was value to it–my comedic nature understood the irony of a super-happy fat sweaty guy who is completely confident and accepting of who he was. That’s fascinating to people. I mean, I was never as big as Chris Farley, but you look at Chris Farley–that’s what made him so magical. Because other people look just like him, and they’re like, ‘Why is this guy not crippled with self-doubt? F***, that’s awesome. I wish I could feel that way.’ Well, I don’t think Chris Farley did feel that way. I think he killed himself with drugs and alcohol and buried himself in an addiction to hide the fact that he didn’t feel what he was projecting on the outside. I think that’s often the case with comedians.”
He likes to surprise people with nudity: “I got yelled at by NBC for getting naked [for flashing Amy Poehler]. 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. They did–they sent me a letter. HR sent me a letter. Someone obviously must have complained about it or something. I guess now that I don’t work for them, I can make fun of it, but part of the letter was saying, like, ‘Also, don’t mock this. Just so we’re clear, you’re being reprimanded, and don’t go around talking about how this is funny.’ [It was] the take they f***ing used, by the way, that made the air, and was hilarious, so I was totally right, but apparently if you want to get naked there’s certain protocols you have to take to prevent people from being offended–you have to give them the opportunity to not see it.”
On the shifting balance of fame with Anna: “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. I’ve had those moments where I was like the guy holding the purse at events and people just looked right through me. And 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***, dude?’ I can think of exactly who they are, too, and I hope they f***ing audition for Guardians. Also, 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***ing stared right through me the last time….’”
See? There are two Pratts here. The first one made profound admissions on body image (which is a fresh take on a topic he’s discussed already). Then his demeanor shifted. The whole “flashing people” business is immature. Pratt did it in high school, and he did it well after age 30 when he flashed Amy Poehler. Pratt says “I was totally right” to do so. He appears sarcastic when acknowledging that it’s best to warn people of his nudity. Dude, maybe not everyone wants to see random junk floating through their eyespace.
There’s also a really gross discussion of how Pratt and Nick Offerman (from Parks and Rec) send each other photos of their poop. I’m used to disgusting humor, but the detail of the discussion turns me off completely. Pratt talks in terms of refusing to “desecrate the art by obscuring even a corner of it with a piece of toilet paper. Which means that we will get up and take the photo before we wipe our a**, just out of sheer respect for the piece.” Seriously, who talks about poop with GQ?
Photos courtesy of Peggy Sirota/GQ, Fame/Flynet & WENN