Tom Hanks’ $679M Classic Movie Changed Marvel Star Chris Pratt’s Life Trajectory

Tom Hanks and Chris Pratt's paths crossed in the most uncanny way possible that eventually helped Pratt get cast in his debut role

Tom Hanks’ $679M Classic Movie Changed Marvel Star Chris Pratt’s Life Trajectory


  • Chris Pratt is now one of the biggest names in Hollywood with multiple blockbusters under his belt, but his journey to the top wasn't an easy one
  • The actor's first job was of a door to door salesman but he left and joined Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., where he met a Hollywood executive
  • The executive helped him bag a job in his debut role in Cursed Part 3, but it might never have happened if the eatery inspired by Forrest Gump wasn't started
Show More
Featured Video

1994 was a monumental year for cinema. And Chris Pratt. The Parks and Recreation star’s life was altered because of one of the best films of 1994 (and arguably one of the best of all time) – Forrest Gump. The movie won many hearts. And so did Forrest Gump, the character. Tom Hanks’ character influenced the lives of innumerable people in the film. But his actions had a bearing on the real world as well. Chris Pratt will tell you the same.


How it all began!

Chris Pratt
Chris Pratt almost did not follow his passion for showbiz

We all know Chris Pratt as one of Hollywood’s most bankable faces, having carved out a name for himself with movies like Guardians of the Galaxy, Passengers, and Jurassic World. His performances have seen him become a household name in the industry. 

A young Chris Pratt must be proud of seeing the heights he has achieved. He might have been a boy who always had a knack for appearing in comedy sketches and dance numbers in high school. But his transition to the film industry was simply fate.


Also Read: “The stupidest Marvel movie”: Chris Might Have Pissed Some X-Men Fans With His Brutal Insults to ‘Mystique’ Actor Jennifer Lawrence

Chris Pratt was on a roller coaster journey

Chris Pratt
Chris Pratt was doing it all

The boy’s hobbies did not stay with him for long. In an appearance on the Smartless podcast, Chris Pratt said,

“I knew I had the bug that I wanted to be a performer, but it seemed outrageous to me.” 

He would join community college for a semester, before finding his feat as a door-to-door salesman. The Tomorrow War star would do the job for about a little over a year and a half. And he said he was “really good at selling shit.”


Pratt eventually burnt out and learned that his management skills ere not up to par. Fate would see him get transferred to Aloha. He said,

“So I had no money. But I showed up and hung out with a bunch of friends and got a job at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.” 

That is where life changed for him.

Also Read: “I’m gonna be loud”: Chris Decided to “be noticed” in Life after He Was Rescued by a Stranger When His Parents Forgot about Him


Chris Pratt would earn his first call-up at a Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Chris Pratt
A Hollywood executive met Chris Pratt at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Chris Pratt might have been miles away from Los Angeles. But LA was going to come for him very soon. At Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., The Magnificent Seven star would get in touch with a Hollywood executive. That is where he would be offered his first role. 

The 44-year-old’s first movie was Cursed Part III, a role that would see him make $700,000, a far cry from what he now earns. But that is how it all started. And it wouldn’t have been possible without the Tom Hanks starrer, which inspired the eatery.

Also Read: “I was a little heavy and out of shape”: Chris Pratt’s Inferiority Complex from a Previous Audition Nearly Made Him Turn Down Star-Lord


Written by Smriti Sneh

Articles Published: 211

Smriti Sneh is a Content Writer at Fandom Wire specializing in celebrities and everything pop-culture. Being a literature research scholar, she is cashing in on her writing skills by working in the entertainment news sector - studying literary theories by day, and navigating celebrity net worth through the night. Although you can find her writing poems at any and all hours.