Chris Pratt In GQ: I Love Guns, Wanted To Be The First Fat Superhero
Chris Pratt talks about shooting animals, hating Safeway and his love for wife Anna Faris in a new GQ cover story. The actor is one of six cover subjects for the GQ Men of the Year series, along with Dave Chappelle, Ansel Elgort, Michael Sam, Steve Carell and (non-man) Shailene Woodley.
The Guardians of the Galaxy star famously got into incredible shape for the movie, but Pratt says he initially wanted to stay “fat,” like his “Parks and Recreation” character. “You can make a talking raccoon that looks real,” he says. “Why can’t I just be fat?” In the end, he transformed his body, explaining, “I like the challenge of it.”
Pratt is still on a strict no-starch, no-booze diet. “I just feel like, if I drink, I want to drink a case of beer and not two beers. Two beers doesn’t do anything for me,” he explains.
He also talks about having a lot of guns, including a stash in Washington State of weapons that aren’t legal in California. He says, “It’s really more just about collecting sh*t” more than any media-stoked fears. Pratt explains, “People are scared that they’re not gonna be able to shoot anymore or something; I think people are being taken advantage of a little bit, probably.”
Sometimes, he puts his guns and compound bow to use. Pratt tells the magazine, “I do a lot of predator hunting, farm varmints, out in Wyoming. Oh, my God. Get a farmer that’s just got too many and he’s like, ‘F*ckin’ kill as many as you want.'”
Faris is not a huge fan of Pratt’s hobby. He says, “She doesn’t like me coyote hunting. She’s like, ‘You’re not gonna eat it.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, I guess you’re right. I just like to kill ’em.’ Coyotes are a**holes, and they’ll eat your dog.”
Pratt has his wife programmed into his truck’s Bluetooth as “Anna, my love” instead of just “Anna.” The problem is that it doesn’t always work. As he’s driving with the reporter, Pratt tells the vehicle, “Call ‘Anna, my love.’ Call ‘Anna, my love.’ Oh, you f*ckin’ a**hole.”
Pratt reveals that his devotion to Faris almost led to an on-air altercation with David Letterman. He says the late-night host “was not very nice to Anna when she was on the show. So I was a little bit hesitant. Even my mom — who knows nothing about Hollywood and is the least cynical person on the planet — was like, ‘Letterman was kind of a dick to her.’ So I went in there, and I was ready. If he says one mean thing, I’m coming after him. And I come out, and he could not have f*cking been nicer.”
Despite his wealth and fame, Pratt’s mom still works as a meat packer at Safeway, determined to make it to retirement. He says of the grocery store chain, “They’re f*ckin’ a**holes. They’re the worst.”
His “Parks and Recreation” co-star Nick Offerman says his first impression of Pratt was way off. “Chris came over and sat down, and I thought, Oh great, who’s this meathead? Obviously he’s very beautiful, but he must be dumb as a post. And then he proceeded to be perfectly sweet and absolutely sharp as a tack, and I thought, Oh, I see. You’re a superhero.” Offerman wound up being more correct than he suspected.
As for “Parks and Recreation,” which is heading into its final season Pratt says it’s time to end. “I think there’s a collective feeling that people are creatively spent,” he explains. “You kind of run out of ideas. You have to bring in a lot of guest stars and mix it up, and all of a sudden, ideas that might not have been good enough for season two — that’s our episode, you know?”
What does he want to do more of in the future? Directing. “I’m always biting my tongue,” explains Pratt.”When I’m on set, I kind of wish I could just tell everybody what to do. If I could tell everybody what to do, it would be great, and it would be done faster. And so that’s what I’m working toward. I want control. I want control over something. I have to get better at writing, because the stuff that I have written, no one bought. Maybe they’ll buy it now, because they can put my name on it, but I’d be in a bad movie that I wrote. So I just want to make sure that I stay working hard. I think I will. I hope I will.”