Chris Pratt is a superhero, a raptor trainer, possibly the new Indiana Jones, and better than that, all about equality (for those who are scared of the word “feminism”). During Radio 4’s Front Row, the Jurassic World leading man talked about how his toned and totally objectifiable body has been a major benefit to his career.
For six years on Parks and Recreation, Pratt played the lovable and heavyset Andy Dwyer. In between the show, he took on roles in Moneyball and Zero Dark Thirty, which required him to bulk up.
Then last year, Pratt headlined Guardians of the Galaxy and showed off a toned physique that may have helped him score the lead role in Jurassic World. “It was a huge part of how my career has shifted is based simply on the way that I look, on the way I’ve shaped my body,” Pratt said.
Pratt acknowledges that he is frequently the target of objectification and is actually okay with that, so long as women are not the only ones being objectified.
I don’t feel appalled by it. I think it’s appalling that for a long time only women were objectified, but I think if we really want to really advocate for equality, it’s important to, as it turns out, not objectify women less, but objectify men as often as we objectify women.”
Pratt actually embraces what he worked hard for and is okay with using it to further his career. “There are a lot of beautiful women who got careers out of it, and I’m using it to my advantage,” Pratt said. “And at the end of the day, our bodies are objects. We’re just big bags of flesh and blood and meat and organs that God gives us to drive around.”
Well, when you say it like that…
Despite the fact that Pratt is both fit and hilarious in real life, he is breaking the typecasting barrier by taking on more serious roles which fit his lean body. In Pratt’s perspective, his comedic performance on Parks actually worked because he was not in shape.
To see someone who’s fat and sweaty be really confident is just naturally ironic and funny. It’s not what you’d expect from that guy. It’s funny to watch…You can’t really self-deprecate if you’re shirtless with a six pack.”
Source: Entertainment Weekly
I’m always down to appreciate the hard-earned toned bodies of celebrities, but please remember that people are worth more than their looks. With that, please enjoy this adorable video of Chris Pratt teaching his son the Pledge of Allegiance.