Chris Pratt

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  • Chris: (On Parks and Recreation) I've noticed that, as a fan of the show, I've seen it get better and better, and working on it I've noticed the scripts coming down the pipes have gotten better, but it kind of goes back to what Rashida said: it takes time for everybody. And I think it's just a matter of finding the sensibilities to all the characters and starting with Amy, you know; I think a lot of people compared Steve Carell to Ricky Gervais from The Office when they first started the American version of The Office. But he has a different style of comedy, and maybe they were writing for Steve the way they did for Ricky Gervais. And maybe in the beginning, they were writing for Amy the way that they wrote for Steve Carell, but her comedic sensibility is a little different. Maybe it's not that funny to watch her be uncomfortable the way it is with Steve Carell, but it's so goddamned endearing when she smiles. And you see her and when she's enjoying herself, so is the audience. And you see her doing that a lot more now; kind of just becoming comfortable in who she is, and like the episode with the beauty pageant, she's standing up for women's rights. You're seeing more dimensions of her. And maybe it's always been who they've envisioned her to be, or maybe they're figuring it out, but I sure like Leslie a lot more in the second season. I just enjoy watching her more and I think that's starting to happen with all the characters.

  • Chris: (On if his role on Parks and Recreation gets him recognized) I get recognized sometimes from the show and people say, "Oh, it's crazy, I can't believe you live in the pit." It's not insane; I don't have people camping out in the backyard. All the fans that have come up to me have been really cool. I think it says something about our show that we attract cool fans. Nothing too crazy, no stalkers. I haven't had to punch anybody.

  • Chris: My first in, my first break, was I met a director and got to talking with her, and she happened to be casting this movie that she had written. That was ten years ago. That got me to Hollywood. I got paid $700 bucks.

  • Chris: (On if Parks and Recreation has gotten funnier in the second season) The scripts have always been funny. I do think the final product has gotten funnier. It's a matter of nailing the executions. And certain elements of the characters you can't just think up, you have to allow them to grow from who the actors are. I don't know how many times I'll sit down for a table read, and I'll think to myself, That's something that I said to the one of the writers a few weeks ago.Just having us around and getting to know the actors more, they've been able to cater the scripts to our abilities as actors and comics. It's a testament to our show-runners; they're really great.

  • Chris: (On his wife Anna Faris) One thing I've found that's really helpful in our relationship is that she's very normal. And I don't mean ordinary-I mean, she doesn't act like a big star or a comic icon or anything like that. She's really down-to-earth and sweet, and we do talk about comedy, about movies, about our careers and possible projects, but it's not in this sort of "Oh, okay, Mr. Hollywood, let's talk about movies" kind of way. It's really nice to have someone who's intelligent and articulate to talk to about what you're doing, because it's a big part of who we both are. We'll end up bouncing lines off of each other, rehearsing jokes, and I'll think "Oh my God, it's so perfect being with someone who knows exactly what I want to do."

  • Chris: (On what's different about Parks and Recreation) I think all of it stems from the difference in the format of the show. We shoot 55 hours a week for what comes down to 21 minutes of airtime. It boils down to about a minute a page, and it can be strange to see the episode when it airs and realize how much of it got cut to make that limit. You have to learn to get in and out with your jokes; you can't spend a lot of time dancing around. Another thing is that I'm getting older, and I've maybe put on a few pounds, which is just something that happens, and when the first couple of episodes came out, I looked at them and thought "Oh, my God, Chris! Dude, hit the gym already!" And then I heard people laughing, and all of a sudden, I thought, this is kinda cool. It's not like being on a WB show where it's all "edgy," you know? It's almost like it's the first time I'm playing a man and not a boy.

  • Chris: (On his roles in dramas vs. comedies) It's interesting-I always thought when I was doing more melodramatic stuff like Everwood that the directors were constantly reeling me in and stopping me from being funny. [Laughs.] Like, "Chris, please. You need to find a more emotional center." I've always tried to find a funny angle on things, and 99 percent of the time, it just doesn't work. I've finally stumbled on a show that really caters to those strengths, and I'm happy about it. I mean, I'm happy to try any genre, from drama to comedy and anything in between, but this sure is a lot of fun. Maybe I do feel like I was waiting for that one great role to come along, although, to be fair, for most of my career, I've been at the mercy of what people are willing to put me in.

  • Chris: (on how much imporv is used in Parks and Recreation) I wouldn't say it's an improv show at all-we've got really great writers, and they turn out really funny scripts. The majority of the jokes you're laughing at are the result of this brilliant think tank of writers that we have. But because we're shooting in a digital format, and because we're shooting everything on a stage that's pretty well-lit, we have ample time to screw around with it. We can do 10 takes that are directly from the script, and still have time to do 10 takes that go off-book, and allow it to evolve into something new. That's how you'll get an occasional improv bit into the finished show, even though 90 percent of it comes straight from the script. When you're working with film, you can only shoot one angle at a time, and then everything has to stop, and you re-light it and shoot everything else from the opposite side, so it's really important that you stick exactly to what's written. But with the multi-camera digital setup, you're getting both sides of the scene at the same time, so it gives you that freedom to go off-book. That's how you end up with the occasional improv line, or a really good reaction shot that can make a scene work better.

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Trivia (17)

  • Chris was a guest judge on MTV's Say What? Karaoke.

  • Chris married actress Anna Faris on July 9, 2009.

  • His favorite bands are Pantera, Faith No More, Beatles, 2 Pac, Mos Def, Garth Brooks, Keith Urban, Brooks and Dunn.

  • Chris has a pet lizard named Puff, five goldfish - named Pinky, Brain, Jowels, Pearl and Sandy, an Oscar fish named Chef, two Pacus, an albino African frog named Whitey, a bonsai tree, four Venus Flytraps, a fruit fly farm and sea monkeys.

  • Chris dated Everwood co-star Emily VanCamp, who played his sister on the show. It was confirmed in February of 2007 that they broke up.

  • Chris has been nominated twice for a Teen Choice Award in 2004 and 2005 as the Best TV Sidekick in Everwood.

  • Chris' nickname is "Monkey boy."

  • Chris is 6' 2" tall.

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