“It was costing like 20,000 dollars a minute”: Chris Pratt Freaked Out After James Gunn Asked Him to Dance in the Most Expensive Movie Set of His Life

"It was costing like 20,000 dollars a minute": Chris Pratt Freaked Out After James Gunn Asked Him to Dance in the Most Expensive Movie Set of His Life
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Chris Pratt has appeared in some of Hollywood’s most prestigious film sets. A scary thing happened to him while filming Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1, though. Director James Gunn asked Pratt to dance on the most expensive set of his career, costing an average of $20,000 per minute to film.

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This was a substantial sum of money for a movie set, especially considering the large number of extras and the actors’ elaborate alien makeup.

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Chris Pratt Showed Off His Dance Moves

Chris Pratt Showed Off His Dance Moves in GoTG
Chris Pratt Showed Off His Dance Moves in GoTG

Movies like Guardians of the Galaxy are huge successes but are not easy to make. Making a convincing and engaging world takes a lot of work and resources. The cost of making a film can quickly escalate due to the many people needed to create it.

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To film Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1, the production team erected a massive outdoor set in Long Cross, England. There were dozens of extras on set; many spent hours getting their alien makeup just right. The production budget likely increased because of the 20-foot flames installed on the set.

Chris Pratt
Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt was approached by director James Gunn with an unusual request during filming: he wanted Pratt to dance on the movie’s lavish set. Pratt was initially surprised by the request because he wasn’t a very good dancer. The actor tried to get Gunn to let him hire a choreographer to teach him the moves, but Gunn said no.

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“…all dressed in incredibly complicated alien makeup that would have taken them hours. And there are flames, 20ft in the air. And, you know, it was just costing like $20,000 a minute or something like that. And you’re going and they’re like, all right, now dance. And I was like, I think I might be blowing this. This whole movie is now I’m the one who’s just supposed to do I don’t even know how to dance, really. I was like, can you give me a choreographer? He’s like, ‘No, just dance.’ I was like, ‘Oh, God, I forgot that the scene was coming up.'”

Though he was nervous, Chris Pratt knew he had to give a good performance. The scene involved a dance-off between him and another actor in alien makeup. Despite his apprehension, Pratt gave his all to the scene because he knew it was crucial to the film’s success.

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On To The Next And Last Guardians Movie

Chris Pratt Showed Off His Dance Moves in GoTG
Chris Pratt Showed Off His Dance Moves in GoTG

Chris Pratt’s concerns turned out to be unwarranted. The dance-off scene he and the other actor performed was brilliant and brought an extra level of comedy to the film. The scene exemplified the painstaking attention to detail that goes into making a Hollywood blockbuster.

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Chris Pratt learned about the intricacies of filmmaking from the dance-off scene in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1. He discovered that something as seemingly simple as a dance-off scene could cost a lot of time and money. The Hollywood celeb now has a greater awareness of his own performance on set and a greater appreciation for the meticulous planning that goes into producing a high-budget Hollywood film.

The latest and final film from this Marvel franchise, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3, has received widespread praise for the studio’s efforts. This optimism is reflected in last week’s previews, which have exceeded expectations. James Gunn returned to Marvel Studios to direct GOTG Vol. 3, which features Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klettenburg, and others in prominent roles.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3. is now in theatres.

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Mabel Andrady

Written by Mabel Andrady

Mabel, aka MJ, is a FandomWire Sr. Writer, pop-culture fanatic, and an MA in Health Demography holder. When she's not indulging in her guilty pleasure of penning everything Hollywood, Marvel & DC, she writes academic essays on COVID-19 and HIV/AIDS. With 2500+ articles published online, she brings a unique twist to entertainment writing. A jack-of-all-trades, MJ enjoys movies, writes/acts in plays, writes music, and dreams of being a successful actress. She offers a fresh perspective, making her writing a must-read for those seeking knowledge and entertainment.