Chris Pratt talks with GQ about poop selfies & the myth of the ‘happy plump man’

Chris Pratt

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….’”

[From GQ]

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?

Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt

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  1. Abbott says:

    Poop photos? Why can’t he just save his beard shavings in a plastic bag like a normal celebrity?

    • MoochieMom says:

      +1 My husband and his friends are educated and at the top of their fields. They also text poop pictures. Somehow I got included in the brotherhood so I get them too. I would much rather that than beard shavings or…other shavings.

    • mia girl says:


    • Kiddo says:

      LMAO Abbott.

      This sounds like a job for Dr. Mimif Oz.

    • Ally8 says:

      To quote from Modern Family, “I see an embarrassing press conference in his future.”

      I thought it was good casting for an Indiana Jones reboot, but he’s gone full Terrence Howard here, with a dash of Louis CK for good measure. Ew.

  2. Bishg says:

    Chris, I’ve never seen through you. You’ve been a resplendent star on the screen from the very first moment.

    • Tristan says:

      He would definitely delight all his gay fans if he flashed his junk at us anytime he wants! 😜

  3. Shambles says:

    I’m an analytical person and a psychology major, so I spend a lot of time thinking about what makes people do the things they do. I really appreciated the connections Pratt made to Chris Farley. Very thoughtful.

    • PunkyMomma says:

      Yes. Very astute on the Chris Farley analysis. And then he talks poop.

    • Rocket says:

      Intrigued. Go on….

    • Kitten says:

      I thought his comments were a bit odd. It was like he was saying that Farley was unhappy because he was overweight, and that drove him to do drugs.

      When I think of Farley, I think of someone who was probably unhappy with who he was as a person and his penchant for overindulging in food, alcohol, and drugs was probably fueled by that. Although I could see how self-loathing would lead to overeating which would lead to more self-loathing, which would lead to drug-abuse.

      Eh. Maybe I misunderstood or I’m just reading too much into it.

      EDIT: Ok, I think he addressed it by saying that what Farley projected wasn’t really how he felt on the inside. Maybe just ignore my comment entirely lol.

      • Shambles says:

        Lol Kitten. You cracketh me up.

        *passes bowl*

        I, too, interpreted the comments as Pratt saying Farley projected this image of a jolly, happily overweight guy, when the reality was that overeating and drug abuse were his escape from the unhappiness inside.

  4. Jenns says:

    All I see on that cover is Paul Rudd.

    And yeah dude, not everyone wants to see your junk. Keep your d**k in your pants.

    • Kiddo says:

      I was thinking young Russell Crowe.

    • mia girl says:

      All I see on that cover are uninspired, stupid story headlines. Who wrote these?!!:

      “We ❤️ WAGs”
      “When it’s ok for a Man to cry and when it’s definitely not”
      “GQ goes to Cuba. We’ll show you what to wear to the Revolution”
      “How to throw a KICK ASS wedding”


    • Size Does Matter says:

      Oh, no. Please, Anna Wintour, invite Chris Pratt to the Met Ball next year so we can see his gauze tuxedo.

    • Abbott says:

      I can’t stop looking at his Batfleck butt chin.

      • Kiddo says:

        And the Boy Scout attire. I noticed that he hasn’t been awarded any badges yet. His poo is not worthy.

    • Shambles says:

      I just don’t understand why they felt the need to say “Jurasic Pratt: Chris Pratt.” Idk, maybe they just like his last name.

  5. Misti64 says:

    So *eye roll* worthy

  6. CasualBtchr says:

    I actually know a girl who takes selfies on the toilet. Which I think is gross.

  7. Sel says:

    I don’t get his appeal.

    • Kitten says:

      Me neither. He seems so douchey. Bragging about exposing your junk? Gross.
      He just sounds so immature to me.

      • Kiddo says:

        He’s probably getting out ahead of the curve, before another exposing junk celebrity blind item hits the gossip mill.

    • Esmom says:

      I loved him in Parks and Rec but now, not so much. In fact this interview kind of repelled me.

  8. CM says:

    I see Paul Rudd too. But, as a Brit, I’m more amused by the ‘Jurassic Pratt’ headline. Here in the UK that = ‘Giant Tool’ *sniggers*

  9. mzizkrizten says:

    “Dude, maybe not everyone wants to see random junk floating through their eyespace.”

    I concur.

  10. Linn says:

    He sounds like such a douchebag when he talks about nudity. I don’t want to see you “take your junk out” and I’m glad NBC and the Track Team in Highschool handled things the way they did.

  11. Lola says:

    I just read the quotes and found them ok.
    In general terms, I often have wandered if celebrities / actors / musicians realize that at the beginning, when they start to get the attention, they talke to much in interviews, etc. revealing stuff that maybe they should not, and later on regretted it.
    Maybe a class, for those that go to Drama School, called “How to speak in interviews.”

  12. Jan Harf says:

    All I see is Paul Rudd. WTH?

  13. claire says:

    The flashing moment is when he shows up naked at Anne’s house and is in the blooper reel for that season if anyone is curious.

  14. anotherrandom says:

    I’m not gonna lie. He sounds like my kind of man. I’m similar in that I can be serious and introspective one minute and the next be “WTF? That person is an effing moron and I’m right to call them that.” I do understand I’m a bi**h though.

    • Tara says:

      Yeah, this article makes me think he can be a blast to hang out with. I find his hunting quotes repulsive, but here he just seems like he keeps things interesting. I have a fairly high tolerance for nudity and grossness among friends. Being randomly flashed by a menacing stranger is way different to me. And guy friends of mine had a booger window years ago. I kept my distance… And would not actually want to see the poop pictures… But the concept is mildly funny.

  15. Natalie says:

    There’s some underlying anger there.

  16. morc says:

    They completely recycled the Channing Tatum photo shoot from two years ago.

  17. greenieweenie says:

    I thought he was just saying that he was right–the piece was funny (on TV). He was right that it was good comedy.
    Not necessarily that he was right for yanking it out?

    • Catelina says:

      I thought that too- and it was hilarious, I remember that episode.
      Obviously just flashing people without warning is not cool though. I have always liked the way he talked about his body image and weight gain/loss.
      I miss parks and rec so much, one of my favorite shows ever.

  18. Annie says:

    I love how bitter he sounds that someone complained “It’s just a penis, people!” Yeah, that doesn’t mean I want to see yours. Put that shit away. I’d die if my husband did this at work.

    Anyway, it’s funny because he said several times that he was happier when he was fat, and that Anna liked him more when he was fat. But I think he knows WHY he was fat, and it just wasn’t healthy to be that person who is an emotional/compulsive eater. I think we all know people who use food as a drug, and maybe indulge in other things that are not good for them, as a way of coping with things, and then say “Hey, but I’m happy! I’m fat AND sexy! Who likes lettuce and being at the gym everyday? Fat is ~empowering~” *loud cheers* and it’s just simply not true. nobody truly enjoys being fat. Which bothers me about the whole fat movement in America “let’s pretend we do enjoy it”. We are ignoring that many people really need help, and they’re being treated like shit just because they’re fat.

    • Magnolia says:

      Hey — I enjoy being fat and I doubt I am alone on this. I like my curvy body and they finally make some nice clothes for plus sized girls so I look damn good in them. And my hubby wants more sex from me now than he did when i was 120 pounds. Help the fat people who want help — totally agree with you on that — but some of us are finally happy with our bodies and actually love ourselves.

  19. Micki says:

    With all the poop in it I can’t call this refreshing.

  20. maria1981 says:

    to me he is only “obnoxious Pratt ” 24/7. can’t stand this guy.

  21. Brittney B says:

    It’s unfortunate that he doesn’t make the connection between flashing a co-worker and sexual assault. Maybe “nudity is no big deal” to him, but I don’t know many women who *haven’t* been flashed against their will by men. Maybe it was just a funny joke and he had no intention of humiliating or sexualizing anyone… but if he thinks his employer reacted badly because they’re too stuffy about nudity, he obviously doesn’t understand what women deal with.

  22. Rhiley says:

    I eyerolled at the nearly 300 dollar henley and 200 dollar t shirt. The total the clothes cost for that shoot was about a half year’s salary for me.

  23. Betsy says:

    Oh, for the part of the 1930s in which actors were just movie stars or bit players and let the studio do the talking for them.