There's been a lot in the media lately about the body image issues female celebs have because of the ridiculous amount of media scrutiny they endure. But in a recent press conference I attended for [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073), star and Star-Lord Chris Pratt revealed, well...it happened to him, too.
As he endured the grueling process of transforming his bod from the chubby, loveable schlub of Andy Dwyer on [Parks and Recreation](series:214218) to the gun-toting, ass-kickingly ripped physique of Peter Quill, he experienced the shame spiral that most women know well:
I’m sure I can’t relate to what females go through in Hollywood. I’m sure I can’t. But, I do know what it feels like to eat emotionally, and…to be be sad and make yourself happy with food. And then to be almost immediately sad again and now ashamed and then to try to hide those feelings with more food. I know what that’s like. It’s a vicious cycle and it’s a very real thing. I know what it’s like to have body image issues, but I also know that if you just work hard and enlist the help of good coaches and be coachable, that you can actually change that.
Superhero workouts ain't no joke, and Pratt had the biggest uphill battle of any comic book movie lead yet. In fact, the transformation process, well...it pretty much completely sucked:
While I was working out, I just listened to [the film soundtrack] all in order on repeat over and over. Some of the songs I love and some of the songs I really f*cking hate because I’ve heard them so many times, and I equate sweating on a Stairmaster with hearing “Do you want pina coladas?” I was just like, “Oh, God, I’m going to blow my brains out.”
Luckily for Pratt, director James Gunn loved him so much 20 seconds in to his first screen test that he knew Pratt was Star-Lord, extra pounds or not:
[At first] I was just like, “The chubby guy from Parks and Rec?!”
But then Chris came in and he started to read and this is 100% true, that within 20 seconds of him starting to read I was just like, “Holy SHIT! That’s the guy...Chubby or not, he’s the guy. The world’s gonna have to be ready for the first chubby superhero, because he’s STILL going to be better than all the other people we had.”
The rigid diet and workout insanity have paid off, because with his role in [Zero Dark Thirty](movie:332744), the leads in [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073) and upcoming [Jurassic World](movie:32752), and rumors he's our new [Knight Rider](movie:1016348), Pratt has turned himself from a goofball comedy actor to a legit leading man of action.
Go on wit' ya bad self, Chris. We love you no matter what, but still, all the credit in the world to him for not being happy with the way things were and doing something about it.
[Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073) hits theaters on August 1st.