Chris Pratt lost 60 pounds in 6 months for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: looks good?

Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt covers the July/August issue of Men’s Fitness to promote Guardians of the Galaxy. This movie is poised to catapult Chris to A-list status if everything goes as planned. Given the amount of social media excitement I’ve seen for this movie, I think things will go well. Then Chris will no longer be “the goofy guy” from Parks and Recreation and the guy no one remembered was in Zero Dark Thirty and Moneyball. Chris will be a star in his own right and the leader of a franchise. Are you excited for his future success?

Chris has had some ups and downs in the fitness department. He used to be a stripper, which is easy to believe from the way he looks on this cover. In 2012, Chris lost his girlish figure and ballooned to 300 lbs for a role. Once he finished that movie, much of the weight stuck around for awhile. Then he snagged the Guardians role and lost 60 pounds in 6 months (resulting in the selfie heard ’round the world). Chris threw himself into a regimen of lifting, rowing, running, circuits, swimming, and biking. His trainer says Chris was very intense about the process:

Why Chris decided to act: “When I was very young, I saw my brother do a play – Boo Bear in this Christmas special. My dad did his make-up, my mom cried and he was a huge star in our family for a year. So I decided that’s where it’s at, that’s what I want to do.”

Chris always wanted attention: “I was always the class clown. I was in the class in charge of putting on the assemblies. Of course, I’d make myself the star, ripping off SNL sketches or doing bits from movie. We’d do song and dance numbers. We did Thriller and Grease.”

Meeting Guardians fans: “I was very nervous going to my first Comic-Con. I associated fanatic fans with haters. But it’s really not the case. They’re so enthusiastic to support it. What they want is to hang out and ask you questions and impress you with their knowledge and passion.”

Personal trainer Duffy Gaver on Chris: “Chris’ athleticism is amazing, he is incredibly disciplined and his work ethic is phenomenal. He isn’t the client you have to push; He is the type of client you have to pull down. If you were to walk into the gym when he was training, you would have thought for sure you’ve got a guy getting ready for the NFL Combine. He wanted more muscle, to be much leaner, and to be more fit. He wanted to do justice to the role.”

[From Men's Fitness]

Hmm. Chris sounds as humble and adorable as one would expect in this interview. A weight loss of 60 pounds in 6 months seems very fast, but Chris probably gained weight as he lost it. Does that make sense? This wasn’t a case of him simply getting skinny. He gained muscle mass as well. Chris looks good, and I hope Guardians of the Galaxy transforms him into a ragingly successful leading man.

Chris Pratt

Photos courtesy of Men’s Fitness, Chris Pratt on Instagram & WENN

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  1. Ollyholly says:

    Ahhhhhh I love him, so freakin cute.

  2. AG-UK says:

    He looks good but not spending 2 hours watching that film

  3. GiGi says:

    I love Chris Pratt – fat, fit – whatever. He’s so funny. But, hello – welcome to the gun show! That’s an incredible transformation!

    • It is what it is says:

      Yes!! Didn’t even recognize him!

    • Sunny says:

      I agree with everything you just wrote. He is adorable fit or flabby.

      He is also incredibly funny. I once saw a Paley Centre panel with the cast of Parks and Recs and the cast was quick to praise Chris for being absolutely terrific at improving dialogue.

      I will be seeing Guardian of the Galaxy when it come out- because it looks like a lot of fun but mostly to support Chris Pratt.

      • claire says:

        From that same panel, one of my favorite moments is when he’s giving kudos to Amy Poehler for creating a loving happy supportive environment on set. His “from the top – down” comment. It’s just such a nice thing to say and the way he set it up with talking about the egos in Hollywood was very honest. He seems like such a cool guy.

  4. Abbott says:

    I don’t get why they’re trying so hard to make this guy happen, we already have a Channing Tatum. Not saying there isn’t room for all Potato Americans, but who wants to be Budget Potato?

    • don't kill me i'm french says:

      Next year Chaning Tatum will be an Oscar- nominated and maybe a Oscar winner

      • Abbott says:

        I totally agree and believe Charming Potato is a national treasure. Just think they’re trying to model this guy after him.

      • Kali says:

        I cannot wait for “Foxcatcher”, I think it looks amazing!

      • don't kill me i'm french says:

        @Abbott
        I think Tatum’s model is Mark Walhberg but he’s NOT lazy
        And like Lainey is fan of him,i know i CAN’T be fan because i know you can’t be as famous if you’re kind specially in Hollywood

    • KB says:

      Chris Pratt has been around for awhile, he just got his start on TV. He’s been one of the best parts of one of the best shows on television for the last six years. I think his obligation to Parks and Rec has limited his film options, but he’s finally getting his due. I don’t think it’s fair to reduce the star of a new Marvel franchise to a budget Channing Tatum. Didn’t Tatum just start to happen two or three years ago? The first movie of his I remember was The Vow in 2012.

  5. Marianne says:

    He seems like such a sweet nice guy. I have no doubts that GOTG will do well, and with Jurassic World next year, I hope this makes him a big star.

  6. Susan says:

    I saw some pap photos if him on the beach recently and thought now there is one sexy man. Not all beef cake and a hairless, chiseled body. He’s very funny too and seems like a great guy. I bet he and Anna have a blast together.

  7. Kali says:

    Argh, I hate that no-one remembers him in Zero Dark Thirty! Rewatch that movie and look out for him in those scenes w/the soldiers. He is SO funny! Well, as funny as you can get in a movie about the manhunt and eventual killing of Bin Laden.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      He stood out in that film for me.

      • Kali says:

        He did for me too as well! I couldn’t stop giggling with that bit he had about listening to Tony Robbins tapes while flying out to the raid at Abottabad! It made for some very strange looks directed my way in the movie theatre.

  8. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    It’s refreshing to hear an actor admit they went into acting because they love attention. He seems honest, and he looks great. Just please don’t get all famous and turn into a whiny douche now.

  9. Becki says:

    Looking good!!

  10. grabbyhands says:

    I thought he was cute before, but he has definitely entered into a Hot Chris trinity in the MCU.

    • SpookySpooks says:

      Am I the only one who liked kim better when he was chubby? He looked so cudly back then.

  11. don't kill me i'm french says:

    He doesn’t look like himself on the cover

    • Lolo-ology says:

      He really doesn’t! That was my first thought too, and I spent a minute staring at it, trying to figure out why. Maybe someone botched the photoshop? As a portrait artist, I know you can change a person’s entire look if you overly adjust even one line.

  12. Rhiley says:

    Seeing Chirs on Top Chef kind of turned me around to him. The only thing I had seen him in before was the Five Year Engagement (great movie, but he plays a typical dude). Anyway, on Top Chef he was adorable and it seemed very natural, not like Ashton Kutcher trying to “act” adorable. Then I started watching Parks and Rec, and well, Andy reminds me so much of my guy friends it is hard not to both love and feel frustrated by him. I like Chris a little more doughy, and I hope all this attention doesn’t go to his head and cause problems in his relationship to Anna Ferris. They seem great together, and I hope they make it the long haul.

  13. Lady says:

    Sixty pounds??? It doesn’t look like that much but he does look amazing.

  14. Eve says:

    Nope. Still can’t stand him and I honestly think he’s a douche (yes, that’s still because of that cat story thing).

    • kri says:

      @Eve…what cat story? Is it horrible?!? Aw, man. I have liked him in Parks&Rec. for a long time. He put in a lot of work to look like that. It’s amazing what the body can do.

      • Eve says:

        Oh, Kri…I have mentioned it so many times here before I’m afraid people simply don’t want to hear about it anymore. I’m afraid it (or even myself) has become a nuisance for them. Then I’m afraid I’ll be insulted again…or called a crazy cat lady. I hate bringing this up because there was this one time I did when me and TheOriginalKitten were met with sarcasm and even “oh, boo hoos” by some posters. It’s somewhere on CB files if you decide to check (although some posts were deleted).

        He gave his wife’s cat away on Twitter — no, he didn’t seem to be trying to find it a new, loving home (even if, hopefully, that was the outcome). He pretty much offered the cat to anyone who would take it. His first tweet (which he quickly deleted after the first backlash) said “anyone in the LA aread want a cat?(…)”. After being criticized for disposing the cat like that, he called the people “weirdos”. Even added that if they were parents they’d understand, if not…that “would explain why they had such a hard on for cats, just sayin’”.

        Look, I understand the need to relocate an animal. But it’s not like Faris and her husband couldn’t afford alternative ways to give an animal away on a freaking website. They could have asked a friend, someone they trusted, who liked cats, for instance.

        P.S.: The cat, Mrs. White, was technically abandoned twice. Faris had adopted it from a shelter for animals that don’t “work” in the industry anymore (it “played” Snowbell in those Stuart Little movies)…so, first by its handlers, then by the person who was suposedly giving it a new home.

        P.P.S.: He later claimed to have found the cat a new home, that a person named Meghan adopted it. I can only hope he’s telling the truth and that the cat didn’t end up in a bad place, or left to fend for itself.

      • Kiddo says:

        What a dick.

      • Eve says:

        By the way, these are my reasons for disliking him. If you (generally speaking) are ok with what he did or not as troubled by that as I am, at least please try not to insult me (for having that as my reason). Because yes, I judge people by the way they treat animals. I can’t help it.

        Also, I have always thought there was something off about this guy. Only time will tell if I’m right or wrong. He’s about to become MEGA famous, let’s see how he’s going to deal with fame, his wife (who’ll definitely be the lesser-known of the two since he’s in three potential blockbusters), fans and press.

        ETA: It’s ok, Kiddo. I assumed it was about him.

      • Kiddo says:

        Eve, my remark was about him, in case you didn’t know. lol.

      • mercy says:

        @Eve,
        I’ve always felt how people treat the less powerful says everything about them as a person. That includes pets. They rely on us to protect them. I don’t know why some people (often men) think it’s comical to disparage cats or their owners. I’ve got one that’s every bit as sweet and sociable as a puppy! The other one is very shy, but that’s not his fault (someone obviously treated him badly before I found him.) I first knew my hubs was a keeper by the way he treated my two cats.

      • Bridget says:

        For me, that story hinges on whether or not he actually re-homed the cat well. If he did, I’m willing to cut him some slack and figure that he just sent out a stupid tweet (which does happen) – if you remember, he and his wife were trying to get pregnant at the time, and the cat was peeing and pooping all over the place, and of course pregnant women aren’t supposed to handle cat poop (I was volunteering in an animal shelter during my first pregnancy and they barely even let me near the cat area). So if the animal was actually taken care of properly, as I said I’m willing to cut him some slack. Sometimes people just say stupid things. But I also respect your right for that to be a deal breaker – I mean, we still talk about Kim K and Mercy the cat.

      • kri says:

        @Eve-thanks for the info..I would never insult you or any poster for being concerned for animals. Nor would I minimize what he did. I am hoping that it was just a thoughtless way of going about re-homing the kitty, and that the animal is now in a great home. If I ever hear anything to the contrary or any stories of him being cruel, I will kick his (newly buff) ass off the kerb and into the path of a trash truck. Thanks again for the info, and you are a sweet person for caring so much:)

      • Eve says:

        @ Kri:

        Well, he also likes shooting/hunting squirrels. I don’t know how you’ll feel about that. But according to his wife, he does it for food.

        http://www.celebitchy.com/347343/anna_faris_says_husband_chris_pratt_hunts_eats_squirrels_its_become_a_thing_/

        As I said, I don’t like the guy. I think he handled the cat (an old one, with special needs) situation poorly, to say the least.

        Guardians of the Galaxy will probably be the ONLY Marvel movie I won’t watch and that’s because I really, REALLY, can’t stand him.

    • scylla74 says:

      Thanks for the information. I can not like and endorse people like him! (I have 2 cats and never uderstood people who don’t honor the commitment they make by adopting a living being!)

    • Ola Wysocka says:

      I think I will never forget the cat story – I read it a while back, and now, everytime I see a pic of him, I can feel the hate growing. I really like him on Parks & Rec, he’s genuinely funny and talented, but the fact that got rid of a sick old cat ruins him for me. It’s not that I’m just another crazy cat lady – though I certainly am one with 4 furbabies – it’s the ignorance behind such act that drives me round the bend. I foster kitties too, help charities with strays and ferals and I see it all the time, people dump their cats all the time when they start a family. It’s really hard to contract toxoplasmosis from the cat (standard route of transmission is more likely to be raw meat), and if the cat is incontinent it’s either a medical issue or a psychological one, and both can be worked out.
      I just can’t stand him. Not planning to see GOTG though I usually enjoy even the most ridiculous superhero stuff.

  15. Original Tessa says:

    I liked him on Everwood as Bright Abbott. Still find him adorable.

  16. Isa says:

    He looks like Sean Williams Scott on the cover

  17. Kiddo says:

    He resembles Arnold in the jump.

  18. Faye says:

    I’m an arms woman, myself, so . . .well-played, sir.

  19. shannon says:

    he was AWESOME in the Lego Movie, which is incidentally my favorite movie right now. My smutty senses are tingling in the way of his relationship though.

  20. pretty says:

    woah~ he’s HOT <333

  21. Hellsbells says:

    A friend of mine worked on this film and said he was funny, nice and totally hot! Anna Faris is very lucky…

  22. videli says:

    Can’t wait for the Guardians. I had instant love for it since the first trailer. Plus it has a bunch of my favorites, John C. Reilly, Glenn close, Benicio del Toro looking like a space Elvis, and Lee Pace – though whyyy did they cover that pretty face?

  23. Ag says:

    i loved him on Parks and Rec, i wish him lots of luck with his movie career.

  24. Lucy says:

    God, he’s adorable. And smokin’.

  25. Liz says:

    His body looks like it’s the result of working hard at the gym. Very different from guys like Mark Wahlberg whose overinflated arms are evidence of steroid use.

  26. Lucy2 says:

    He looks really good. I’ve been rewatching P&R and his weight really went up and down.
    He seems to be a talented and funny guy, and P&R is ending next year (cries) so I hope this goes well for him.

  27. Camille (The Original) says:

    He looks great, but I find him very forgettable. Still, if I was forced to choose between him, Bradley Cooper, Cumbersnatch and Hiddlesdork, I’d have to choose this guy.

  28. Debutante says:

    . I found this guy to be the Weakest Link on parks and rec..Not funny at all, and actually really annoying. Whenever he was on screen I would cringe until he was off again. I don’t find him attractive either. Sorry. He just doesn’t have anything special.

  29. moon says:

    Damn he looks really good….