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But he initially passed on the Marvel role, fearing any attempt to pursue the part would go the way of a failed G.I. Joe audition a few years earlier, the actor tells Esquire in its appropriately timed September issue cover story.
“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,” Pratt says. “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.”
Pratt famously got in shape to play Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord) in Guardians and he explains that the change has made him feel like a superhero in real life.
“I can do 40-inch box jumps now. Action-hero physical stuff,” he says. “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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