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A-List: Chris Pratt

Take Me Home Tonight - Anna Faris

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.

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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.

pratt - moneyball

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.

pratt - five year engagement

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.

Pratt - Zero Dark Thirty

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.

Pratt - Movie 43

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.

pratt - delivery man

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 - her

Pratt ended the year on an up-note with a small role in Spike Jonze’s critically acclaimed and Oscar-nominated film, Her.

pratt - lego movie

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.

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Posted on August 24, 2014, in A-List, Movies and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Chris Pratt is a very INTERESTING actor. I have not seen the Galaxy or other action/hero type movies, but every role that I have seen him in, is just a little bit different and quirky. He strikes me more of a good character actor, than an A list movie opener. In Moneyball, he was fine but almost unnoticeable on camera with Brad Pitt, in fact even Philip Seymour Hoffman was more of a scene stealer. The Five-Year Engagement, excellent, a beautifully acted ensemble that I’ve only seen twice but will end up purchasing to see again. Her… best for me not to get started as that movie was a major irritant. Chris Pratt provided some expert comic relief in his supporting role. but the entire movie was a wasted opportunity. So again overall, a very interesting actor with good comic instincts who can also play drama.

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    • Up until this summer, I would have agreed with you. He’s definitely established himself as a character actor and comic relief. He could no doubt continue doing that long after Parks and Rec goes off the air. But with Guardians of the Galaxy, he proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that he has what it takes to be a leading man. There will be a lot of lead roles in his future. It’s just a matter of whether or not one of them clicks outside of his pre-established franchises.

      I’m not a gambling man. But at this point, Pratt is as close to a sure bet as you will find.

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  2. As always, another great post. Chris Pratt is so talented. I didn’t even recognize him while I was watching “Her”.

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  3. It seems Stallone got the last laugh (or at least a bit of a consolation)

    I thought Williis would get back at Stallone for being called greedy and lazy with a good opening for Sin City 2 while Expendables 3 tanked, but the opposite has happened.

    Die Hard 6 better be good.

    And Stallone has nowhere to go except Rambo 5, and it doesn´t look like a solid bet.

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    • The only thing is Sin City 2 was not a Bruce Willis movie. He’s barely associated with it. It was basically just another paycheck. Willis is practically made of Teflon. His entire career he has walked away from one bomb after another virtually unharmed. I doubt he lost any sleep over the under performance of Sin City 2. Robert Rodriguez and especially Frank Miller were the big losers there. Stallone, I imagine, is still licking his wounds and praying The Expendables 3 does gangbusters overseas.

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  4. stallone still has better chops then bruce bruce ia bad actor dosent act just smirk and has no charsimia and falls flat at dramatic roles

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  5. I’m glad too see Glenn Close’s GOTG become a massive hit and meryl streep’s The giver flopped. She needs to sit down a bit and give others actress a chance.

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  6. The funniest thing I’ve seen him do is the Dr. Dre rap–and that was very funny.

    I like Pratt a lot. I hope now he is not overpackaged, oversold, and overly shoved down our throats as Hollywood is wont to do. Here’s wishing him a slow, effective burn into a career filled with genuinely good movies and performances!

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  7. since her oscar nom in albert noobs her career is slowing revving iam upset she hasnt won an oscar u think ever do one on amy adams ever since her nom in junebug shes pumping out good movies franco needs one too

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  8. Had to revisit this article after GUESS who is on the June cover of American Way (inflight magazine for American). That’s right, Chris Pratt, and the headline proclaims him as “Box Office Gold” for Jurassic World. It’s a pleasant feature article describing his ascension to A list status. Take a bow for your prediction, Lebeau 🙂 well done!

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    • I can’t take too much credit. By the time I wrote that article, Pratt’s future as an A-list movie star was secure. It will be interesting to see what he does next. I hope he has more going for him than goofy charisma.

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  9. Chris Pratt auditioned for Superman in Superman Returns

    http://officialfan.proboards.com/thread/558533/chris-pratt-auditioned-superman-returns

    As difficult as it was to believe, but there was a point in time in this world where casting directors wouldn’t believe actor Chris Pratt was made for superhero films.

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’s Star Lord appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, and upon the usual talk show banter, it was revealed him and Colbert were in talking terms back when Pratt auditioned for the role of Superman back in 2006. While Colbert thought he was perfect at the time, Pratt jokingly responded:

    “The casting director did not agree.”

    He then talked about his hopes being strong for something one day:

    “It just goes to show that it’s all divinely planned. If it’s not working out in the moment, then have faith that it might work out in the future. The no’s that you get today might mean an even more powerful yes in the future. You know what I mean?”

    And praising his fate like the Scrubs theme song, Pratt then jokingly remarked:

    “I’m glad I wasn’t Superman!”

    Despite not being the Man of Steel, Pratt really managed to speed himself past the speeding bullet that was Superman Returns. Brandon Routh ended up getting cast for the titular hero only to have the movie crucially panned by fans and critics alike. Fortunately for Routh, his role as Atom in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow managed to help reclaim his image in the world of comic book media. And of course, Pratt became the sensational poster boy for Guardians of The Galaxy. Clearly God was a big fan, according to Pratt.

    Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 hit theaters this Friday.

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