He’s a Good Actor
Everyone loves his as Andy Dwyer on Parks and Recreation, and he translated that charisma perfectly to the fun and action-packed space adventure Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). There’s more to Pratt than just goofiness, though, as he’s shown on the underrated TV show Everwood. Not to mention movies like Oscar-nominated Moneyball (2011) with Brad Pitt, Oscar-winner Zero Dark Thirty (2012) about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, and Oscar-winning sci-fi romance Her (2013) featuring Joaquin Phoenix as a man in love with a computer. He’s good in all of them, especially Bennett Miller’s baseball drama.
He Went From Chubby to Ripped
He lived the dream and went from the tubby goofball to the ripped funny man that we all secretly (or not so secretly, as today’s gym-culture can attest to) wish we could be. And not only that, but he’s been a rare mix of humble and proud about it, posting pictures of his development on Instagram with the caption “Kinda douchey to post this but my brother made me.” We don’t mind at all. It’s inspiring.
He’s Comfortable with His Sexuality
He’s married to Anna Faris, one of the funniest actresses in the business, but has no problem parading around the beach showing off his (pre-workout) body. He recently showed great humor when confronted with the concept of x-rated Marvel fan fiction, noting that a threesome between Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr. and himself would be “super hot.” He knows his audience. Not only that, but he can braid hair and sings on red carpets without skipping a cool beat.
He Has a Shtick, but Is Good At It
I’m not going to pretend that his roles in Parks and Recreation, The Lego Movie (2014) and Guardians of the Galaxy aren’t all riffing off the same shtick. He’s a harmless, lovable goofball! But so far he’s doing a better job of it than Robert Downey, Jr., whose smug routine in the Iron Man movies (2008, 2010, 2013) and Sherlock Holmes (2009, 2011) — and in life, in general — wore extremely thin very fast. Pratt would be wise to not be as ubiquitous as Jennifer Lawrence whose similar clutzy babe routine has led to a backlash.
He’s in the next Jurassic Park
Chris Pratt being chased by dinosaurs? We are in.