While Jurassic World may be stomping its way toward the top 10 highest-grossing films of all time, the film's leading man, Chris Pratt, has shown that, despite the film's crazy success, his feet are still firmly on the ground. The 36-year-old actor recently took the time to brighten the day of the patients at Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and even brought a little Hollywood action with him.
Pratt spent time with the patients as well as the dedicated staff of the hospital. He talked and played with the kids, and also signed some Jurassic World posters.
The hospital took to their social media accounts to thank the actor and share pictures from the special moments the children and Chris shared:
Actor Chris Pratt, best known for Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy, took time out from filming his latest movie to visit with our #AmazingKids at Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital. Our patients were all smiles and we are so thankful to Chris for lifting their spirits by visiting and handing out Jurassic World goodies. Thanks to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals for coordinating such a special visit!
This isn't the first time that Pratt has visited a children's hospital recently: After making a Super Bowl bet with Marvel co-star Chris Evans, the two visited Seattle Children's Hospital and Christopher's Haven in Boston to meet with some young fans who are fighting to overcome many different illnesses.
However, while Pratt may have visited other hospitals in his capacity as Marvel superhero Star-Lord, it was his Jurassic World character, Owen, who came out in this week's visit at Baton Rouge.
At the hospital, the star employed the now-viral "raptor training pose" from the film, in what was either a training session for future raptor keepers, or an attempt to remind the kids who the alpha really is!
As wonderful as these recent children's hospital visits from Pratt are, they must be deeply personal for the star. Back in 2012, he and wife Anna Faris spent a lot of time in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) of a hospital after their son, Jack, was born 9 weeks premature, weighing just 3 pound, 12 ounces. Thankfully, little Jack was "tough as nails" and after a significant time in the NICU receiving care he was strong enough to go home. These days Jack is thriving and his parents often post pictures of their miracle son on social media.
It's truly admirable that now that Jack is healthy, Chris takes the time to pay forward the very special gift that the NICU staff gave him and his wife by brightening up the lives of many more young patients - way to go, Chris!
Jurassic World is now open in cinemas worldwide.