Chris Pratt may have been presciently on the nose about his Jurassic World casting,but he was almost tragically wrong about his Peter Quill role in [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073). In an interview in September's Esquire magazine Pratt noted that he originally turned down the Star Lord role.
“When Guardians of the Galaxy was pitched to me, I said, 'I don't think so.' I just didn't picture myself getting the role," Pratt says. "I didn't want to go and embarrass myself like I did when I auditioned for G.I. Joe a couple of years previously. I went in there, and halfway through I saw the director's eyes just glaze over. It made sense — I was a little heavy and out of shape. I was not gonna play someone from G.I. Joe. I did not look like a G.I. Joe action figure come to life.”
When director James Gunn insisted that he was perfect for the part, Pratt seriously took on a G.I. Joe regime to get buff and Star Lord ready.
Now, Pratt says in the interview, he feels like a super-hero in real life.
“I can do 40-inch box jumps now. Action-hero physical stuff,” he says. “Jumping that high feels really good. You see a giant hillside, and you think, I wanna get up that. You see a building, you think, I could climb that. When you get in shape, the world around you becomes things you wanna jump on and climb up.”