Chris Pratt is becoming more and more famous for his likability not only on-screen (The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy), but off-screen as well. Yesterday, the March of Dimes organization held its 9th annual Celebration of Babies Luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. March of Dimes is a non-profit organization that promotes neonatal and pregnancy health.
Celebrities attending the luncheon included Jason Bateman (who also served as the master of ceremonies), Elizabeth Banks, Ron Howard, Selena Gomez, Alyssa Milano, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Chris Pratt. Pratt in particular gave a speech that practically stole the event.
According to Variety, Pratt's speech involved the birth and raising of his and Anna Faris' son, Jack Pratt. Pratt stated that at the time of his birth, Jack was nine weeks early and weighed in at only three pounds and twelve ounces (about 1.7 kilograms). Pratt lightened up the mood by adding:
“That’s a decent-sized bass...very small for a human.”
He continued his speech with:
“I’ve done all kinds of cool things as an actor — I’ve jumped out of helicopters and done some daring stunts and played baseball in a professional stadium, but none of it means anything compared to being somebody’s daddy,”
Pratt went on to discuss the more serious topic of the life-or-death situation that his son was in. He admitted that while he was in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), he would often talk to his newborn child and pray for the best. He said of this:
I made promises in that moment about what kind of dad I wanted to be and I just prayed that he’d live long enough that I could keep them.
Despite needing cosmetic surgery to correct his eyes, Jack eventually survived the one month ordeal in the NICU. He currently lives a happy life with both Pratt and Farris. Pratt added:
Our Jack went from a small, helpless little squirt to a strong, smart, happy, funny, beautiful boy who loves monster trucks and ‘Daniel Tiger,’ and, believe it or not, loves vegetables. Broccoli and cherry tomatoes are his favorite foods.
Pratt also took some time to thank March of Dimes for supporting the research and development of technology that saves children like his on a regular basis.
None of what we went through would be as easy even 10 years ago.
This speech was unanimously praised by both the audience in attendance and online readers. Some comments on Yahoo include:
I just love him. His love for his wife and his son are so obvious. He's just a cool guy.
What a wonderful human being and a great actor. There should be more like him.
And that is why everyone loves Chris Pratt. He is an honest, honorable person who cares more about his family than trying to be in the papers to pursue his fame.