A-List: Chris Pratt
While appearing in Parks and Rec, Pratt has continued working in movies. In 2011, he had a supporting role in the Topher Grace rom-com, Take Me Home Tonight. The movie co-starred Pratt’s real-life wife, Anna Faris. The couple met while making the movie. The two stars bonded over their shared hobby; bug collecting. It was actually filmed in 2007 but sat on a shelf until 2011. Pratt and Faris were married in 2009.
Take Me Home Tonight was intended to show that Topher Grace could carry a movie. Instead, it proved he couldn’t.
That same year, Pratt appeared in another movie with his wife. What’s Your Number? starred Faris and future Captain America, Chris Evans. Although Pratt has a reputation for being able to gain and lose weight seemingly at will, he donned a fat suit to play Faris’ binge-eating boyfriend.
Meanwhile, Pratt appeared opposite Brad Pitt in the baseball drama, Moneyball. The movie was a critically acclaimed hit and Pratt’s performance as an injured player brought him attention as a movie-star-in-the-making.
Continuing his string of supporting roles in rom-coms, Pratt appeared in The Five Year Engagement in 2012. Jason Segel wrote and starred in the Judd Apatow production. Emily Blunt and Alison Brie rounded out the cast. Despite mostly positive reviews, The Five Year Engagement was not a hit.
Fortunately for Pratt, he also had a small but memorable role in Kathryn Bigelow’s Best Picture-nominated drama, Zero Dark Thirty. Pratt played one of the Navy Seals who carried out the raid on the bin Laden compound. *Spoiler Alert* They got him.
In 2013, Pratt appeared opposite his wife in the sketch comedy bomb, Movie 43. The movie included segments directed by several directors including one by future Guardians of the Galaxy director, James Gunn. Pratt played a young man who proposes to his girlfriend played by Faris. Upon hearing his proposal, Faris’ character reveals a disgusting secret that is indicative of the level of humor of Movie 43. Reviews were terrible and the movie flopped in spite of a star-studded cast.
Continuing an off-year, Pratt also appeared in the Vince Vaughn dud, Delivery Man. Vaughn played a delivery man who earned extra money at the sperm back. He finds that he is part of a class action lawsuit consisting of 142 of his biological children who want his identity revealed. Pratt played his friend, a lawyer who represents him in the lawsuit.
Pratt ended the year on an up-note with a small role in Spike Jonze’s critically acclaimed and Oscar-nominated film, Her.
2014 has been a hell of a year for Pratt. He started off voicing the lead character in the surprise animated smash, The Lego Movie. And then of course he headlined the biggest movie of the summer and of the year so far, Guardians of the Galaxy. Which brings us back to where we started. Pratt is on the edge of the A-list. Jurassic World is about as close to a sure-thing as you can get. And a Guardians sequel has already been announced. The only thing left for Pratt to do is to open a movie that isn’t part of a major franchise. That’s easier said than done, but with three franchises going it seems like Pratt will have plenty of time to establish himself as a bona fide movie star.