Chris Pratt is an actor who has undergone a remarkable physical transformation over the years, becoming known for roles in blockbuster films such as Jurassic World and The Tomorrow War. Pratt has worked hard to transform his body from when he weighed almost 300 pounds for his Parks and Recreation days to now having a chiseled physique.
He had to shed 60 pounds in under six months to fit into the costume for Peter Quill in the first Guardians of the Galaxy film.
From Parks and Recreation to Hollywood superstar
Chris Pratt’s breakout role as Andy Dwyer on the smash NBC comedy Parks and Recreation established him as a household name before he became a Hollywood A-lister. In 2011, though, Pratt tried his best at drama instead of comedy and was cast as Scott Hatteberg in Moneyball.
However, he was advised to slim down before the first audition. As reported by HuffPost, Pratt’s agent called him to relay that Pratt was “too fat.”
“Chris, they really thought you were good, but they think you’re too fat.”
Even though he didn’t find out he got the role for another three months, the actor lost 30 pounds to become Scott Hatteberg. In 2014, while preparing for Zero Dark Thirty, Pratt posted a selfie to Instagram, which led to his breakthrough.
“I’d lost 70 pounds, and my older brother Cully persuaded me to do it. It was embarrassing, but without it, who knows…”
After seeing Chris Pratt in the selfie, Marvel knew they had found their star for the first Guardians of the Galaxy film. Several unsuccessful screen tests later, he was called into Marvel headquarters on short notice. However, by this time, the actor had put on substantial weight for his role in Delivery Man.
Fat to Fit: How Chris Pratt Made Some Changes
Pratt told Best Fit he was given “five-and-a-half months” because they thought he was “too fat for Star-Lord.”
“They held up the selfie from Zero Dark Thirty and said, ‘You’re too fat for Star-Lord. How long will it take you to look like this?’ They gave me five-and-a-half months. I did what I had to do!”
Pratt’s metamorphosis was not simple. Fortunately, Marvel connected him with fitness expert Duffy Gaver and nutritionist Phil Goglia. Goglia changed the actor’s diet by giving him an extra gallon of water for every pound he weighed and increasing his calorie intake to 4,000 daily. The actor told Men’s Health that he “was peeing all day” and that it “was a nightmare.”
“I was peeing all day long, every day. That part was a nightmare.”
Chris Pratt also had to engage in strenuous exercise to achieve the muscle bulk required for the role. He worked out in various ways, from lifting weights to running, swimming, and martial arts fighting.
Despite the difficulties, Pratt spent only six months changing his body. He went from 240 to 200 pounds, with significant muscle gain. The success of Chris Pratt’s makeover was so remarkable that it was discussed all over Hollywood and beyond.
Source: Men’s Health