Chris Pratt explains why he initially turned down ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

chris Guardians of the Galaxy is a huge box-office success, as well as one of the best reviewed movies of the year, but Chris Pratt initially turned down the lead role in the film.

Speaking to Esquire, the actor has explained that he didn’t want to audition for the role because he feared the attempt would be a failure just like with G.I Joe.

He said: “When Guardians of the Galaxy was pitched to me, I said, ‘I don’t think so.’ I just didn’t picture myself getting the role.

“I didn’t want to go and embarrass myself like I did when I auditioned for G.I. Joe a couple of years previously. I went in there, and halfway through I saw the director’s eyes just glaze over. It made sense – I was a little heavy and out of shape. I was not gonna play someone from G.I. Joe. I did not look like a G.I. Joe action figure come to life.”

chris-pratt-guardiansPratt, however, did accept the role and had to work hard to get into shape for the movie.

“I can do 40-inch box jumps now. Action-hero physical stuff,” he said. “Jumping that high feels really good. You see a giant hillside, and you think, I wanna get up that. You see a building, you think, I could climb that. When you get in shape, the world around you becomes things you wanna jump on and climb up.”

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