Chris Pratt snuggles with a raccoon for EW: adorable or douchey?

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Chris Pratt covers this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly. He’s dressed as his Guardians of the Galaxy character, Peter Quill/Star-Lord. There is a real-life raccoon on his shoulder, which is a stand-in for Bradley Cooper’s character, Rocket Raccoon. Wouldn’t it have been great if BCoop was sitting on Pratt’s shoulder? That would have made for a crowded cover, so a real raccoon it is. A raccoon that has been properly domesticated (it’s cuddling with Chris in one of the other pics) and has had its rabies shots.

Chris looks really good in this shoot. His body already looked good, but his facial expressions are out of this world. He looks self-assured and sexy, and I’d totally let him french braid my hair. Chris talks about his decade-long climb to leading man status:

Meeting with director James Gunn: “James said, ‘Do you have any questions?’ I said, ‘Do I have any questions? Of course, I have questions! Marvel’s not going to let me read the script, I have no f—ing idea of what I’m doing, I don’t know this character, I don’t have any goddamn sides. Do I have any questions? How long do you have?’ And he was like, ‘That’s what Peter Quill would say.’ ‘There’s definitely similarities in Guardians to James Gunn’s other movies. They just happened to give him a couple hundred million dollars versus $2 million, so he gets to make a f—ing killer movie.”

On being offered “douchebag” roles: ”There were people I was working with on Everwood who were getting a lot of scripts, auditions, offers for movies. Outside of Everwood, I couldn’t get anything. The only roles I could get were kind of the douchebag. You know, the guy in the movie that makes the hero look good–drives an Escalade, has spiky hair, gets kicked in the nuts. The kind of underwritten, douchebag bad guys. That was never something I was very good at.”

Anna Faris is his “beacon”: ”Anna [Faris, my wife] gives me great advice on how to treat my leading ladies and just how to navigate all this stuff. It’s nice to have a beacon in all this, someone who understands what I’m going through and what it means to have to make out with somebody that is not her. What it means to give up everything for this. She understands A.) what that means and B.) why I would do it because she’s doing the same thing.”

On becoming a leading man: ”It took me 10 years to be ready for this. I’ve got a pretty good foundation of friends and family that will always keep me grounded no matter what. But I don’t think I would have been ready for it 10 years ago. So I’m really happy with the way it worked out. You need to learn how to do this. You need to learn how to keep your cool, learn how to be a leader on set, learn how to act. F—, I still know I’ve got a ton to learn. It’s all a learning experience. I’m going to school every day.”

His weight loss plan has changed: ”I had lost the weight for Moneyball and for Zero Dark Thirty all on my own, without the help of any professional people guiding me through it. And both times, as soon as I got done, I crashed hard and gained a bunch of weight back. But this time I didn’t, because I did it right. I worked with a nutritionist who was like, ‘Listen, you’re eating 2,000, 1500 calories a day. You need to be eating 4,000 calories a day, you need to be eating 5,000 calories a day. You’ll burn them all off, but you need to keep your metabolism going.’ So now I can actually have a beer if I want to, or I can eat something bad if I want to, and I’m not going to immediately gain fat because I’m not starving myself. I’m just burning the fires really hot.”

[From EW.com]

Chris sounds so humble. He’s been working towards this sort of blockbuster, leading-man role for 10 years. Toiling away in smaller, less appreciated roles gave him a chance to observe the industry while being a part of it. That’s a much healthier way to approach super stardom than being dropped into the lion’s den. He’s going to be fine. Anna Faris might be a little wary of her husband’s ripped status, but they’ll both be fine together. Chris sounds like he appreciates and dotes upon her a lot.

Some of you haven’t been so wild about Chris talking about his new body in all these interviews, but that’s one of the themes of this tour. All the journos want to hear about his transformation. I can’t imagine eating 5000 calories a day and burning them all off too. That’s a huge time investment, but it’s all part of the job. Chris looks really amazing in this shoot with the affectionate raccoon and crazy beer shot. Enjoy!

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  1. WayPastMyBedtime says:

    It’s awesomesauce.

  2. Gwen says:

    I am totally buying what he’s selling. Also I can’t wait to see the movie.

  3. QQ says:

    IDK How Im gonna watch this Movie..i Want to but Raccoons give me a mix of vomit impulse disgust and horror screams… is like Rats with Growth Hormones and another coat… And those teeth…rabies…minihands! that gait *voms*

    • eliza says:

      Lol. I feel the same way about Chris Pratt.

    • paola says:

      Ahahah! Poor raccoons! They are so cute… but as Carrie said once in Sex and the city ‘squirrels are just rats with a cuter outfit’. I guess this can apply to raccoons too.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Ha! I think they’re cute, but I’m a little scared of them.

      • Anne tommy says:

        Nope. Rats are rodents, raccoons aren’t and aren’t very closely related to them. Don’t understand the raccoon freakery. But Pratt…not really.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I think the raccoon in these pictures is so adorable! Look at that face!

    • aquarius64 says:

      I can’t with the raccoon either. Guardians looks like Spaceballs 2.0 to me. I’m not a comic book fan but part of the reason I like the Marvel movies is the good-looking heroes, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner. (Robert Downey Jr. is not an option: Tony Stark’s ratchiness is too much for me.) These guys can be funny, but in the end you can count on them to save the day. Pratt comes off as a slacker frat boy and he’s suppose to save the universe? We’re doomed.

  4. Tiffany27 says:

    Am I the only one who thinks his face looks weird on the cover? Like too much photoshop?

  5. GiGi says:

    He’s the best! Happy for his (hopeful) success!

  6. Lucy2 says:

    I’m guessing it wasn’t a Pawnee raccoon. They hunt children for sport.

  7. Lizzie says:

    Andy Dwyer is a movie star! It’s kind of amazing!

    Now all we need is a Burt Machlan movie, right?

  8. lisa2 says:

    This movie looks fun. I don’t usually go to see these kinds of films but I’m planning on seeing it opening weekend. And I have never paid to see any of the “super hero” type films in theater. So tired of them. But this looks funny and something a bit different than the others. I like Chris. He has a great personality. I hope this film does great.

    • aquarius64 says:

      Marvel Studios is gambling with this movie because of the goofball approach. The idea is all the movies are supposed to be connected, but this one is too way off. That’s why the heavy marketing: this is based on a not-too-well-known comic book series and it cost 170 million to make. That doesn’t include promotional costs.

  9. It is what it is says:

    Whenever I see a wild animal used in a magazine shoot, I feel bad. Like fashion ads using lion cubs or whatever…where did they get the wild animal? Who domesticated it? What happens after the cameras are off?

    • KB says:

      I don’t know, I have friends who live out in the middle of nowhere and they throw out food for all the animals and the raccoons there will come and gently take a piece of food out of your hand. They’re really sweet. Of course, in our area they don’t carry rabies (as opposed to the Eastern part of the US.) These aren’t aggressive, mean raccoons.

      • starrywonder says:

        We have raccoons where I live too. But they keep getting into the garbage. Smart little bandits.

      • Duchess of Corolla says:

        I live in a wooded area, and raccoons are wonderful. They are so inquisitive and expressive…one of the most interesting creatures in the forest IMHO. :)

      • Kate2 says:

        Yeah, I grew up in MA in a wooded area with lots of them. They would get into the garbage but I always loved them and still do. I just think they’re so cute. I love the pic with him snuggling on Chris’ shoulder. I want.

    • Algernon says:

      Given that it’s being used in a professional/commercial environment I’m guessing it came from a professional animal wrangler. LA has lots of ranches/wildlife rescues that specialize in training animals for use in film and TV. The animals my company uses in commercials always come from wranglers who are more strict about their critters than most stage parents are with their children. Exotic animals, which a raccoon technically is, usually come from wildlife rehabs. For instance, that little guy on Chris’s shoulder could’ve been abandoned/injured when young, rescued, rehabbed, and then trained, since it can’t be released back into the wild once handled like that.

      Basically, don’t worry about the raccoon. He’s probably living better than most of us.

      • It is what it is says:

        That’s a really good point, thanks for the background Algernon!

        I can see getting raccoons being easier in this industry, than, say a tiger or ocelot cub. I think the wild babies of endangered species should be left alone.

      • Algernon says:

        I can’t speak for the entire animal-wrangling industry overall but my experience has been that true exotics (ie, animals like lions, tigers, zebras, etc) aren’t pulled from the wild to be on TV. The ones I’ve encountered have been primarily retired circus animals, or purchased from zoos that close/downsize (that’s been a big thing the last six years). A few have come from private rescues where some dipsh-t, usually in Texas or Florida, thought it would be cute to own Simba and then couldn’t handle it when Simba turned into Mufasa. I’ve never encountered a “performer” that’s been taken directly from the wild, though. They’re usually at least second-generation “domestic”.

  10. Kristen says:

    He’s gorgeous!

  11. Faye says:

    “French-braid my hair.”

    That’s not a euphismism, right?

    As long as it’s not one of those super-raccoons we spent ages battling (seriously – they knew how to unlock those super-sealed expensive garbage cans even WE had a hard time opening), I’ll say the pic is cute.

  12. mommak918 says:

    I love him. So so happy to see he is hitting it big. I love him on Parks and Rec. He is adorable and the doting on the wife is the sweetest thing. He is humble…and we need more humility in a world full of Shia LaBeoufs, Kim Ks and Kanyes…

  13. Tig says:

    I have loved Anna Ferris since House Bunny, and think she and Chris make a cute couple. I thought his press moments with the Lego Movie were hysterical. I am hoping this movie is played for laughs- if so, will prob check it out.

  14. T.C. says:

    I like him but the trailer for the film looks so silly.

  15. InvaderTak says:

    “I don’t always save the galaxy, but when I do, I prefer to do it with woodland creatures.”

  16. Kiddo says:

    Ever since Eve told us the story about the rescue cat, I think it’s not okay to photograph him with animals, it is only a reminder of that episode.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      I was wondering if he’s going to give this raccoon away on Twitter, like he did his cat.

      DOUCHE.

    • starrywonder says:

      ? How so? Frankly I had several friends who unfortunately had to adopt out their cats when my friends or their wives got pregnant. Only because as in this case, the cat kept peeing and pooping everywhere. My best friend at work right now keeps complaining since it’s been two years and her cats hate her little girl and keep peeing and pooping all over their condo. Her and her husband had to trash two rugs. I have never been pregnant but I heard being around cat feeces is not good when you are pregnant and Chris’s wife was pregnant at the time. I give more shade to Paris Hilton who we all heard kept forgetting to feed her poor dogs. She’s a monster. Ugh.

      • Kiddo says:

        Because of the WAY he chose to do it, not because he felt the need to do it. He acted as though the animal was used equipment that he was willing to pawn off on ANYONE, with no discretion.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Exactly what Kiddo said. Not to mention his reaction after people called him out.
        Dude is a douche IMO, but he’s “cute” and “funny” so chicks don’t care.

    • mercy says:

      I admit I view him through that lens now. Maybe it’s why he doesn’t strike me as particularly interesting, funny, or special in his interviews. He seems very career focused, and while I understand you have to be in his business, the charm and charisma seem to be lacking. I don’t find his much ballyhood new physique attractive, either. I should probably just watch him act more and not bother with his interviews.

  17. Ennie says:

    I had a racoon once when I was little, but when s/he grew up it kept escaping to hunt our rabbits and chickens, so we let it go on his own again. It was a great experience to see such a great little animal up close for a while. My family never hunted, but my brother went from animal lover to marry into a family that hunts big game… And makes apologies for it like that teen girl on FB.
    I understand some of the reasons given to justify hunting for sport, but killing endangered species…ugh

  18. starrywonder says:

    I love him and the raccoon is adorable.

  19. serena says:

    Man, he’s hot. I’ve liked him since Everwood, douchebag characters and all, so I’m happy for his success he totally deserve it.

    • kri says:

      He looks good, and he is a good actor-very funny and has worked alot of years. The raccoon gave me flashbacks, as I was attacked by one when I was 5. Since then , I am Unhappy with that race of evil beings. How fitting BCoop will be playing one. I am sure he was sad to not be wrapped around that Pratt’s neck in the pics. I also cannot approve of him anymore after the cat thing.

      • serena says:

        LOL anyone would be sad not being wrapped around Chris Pratt. what cat thing are you talking about?

  20. jammypants says:

    Cute! I love him.

  21. Kenny Boy says:

    I love him. He’s hilarious and his star image is great, both he and his wife. They seem surprisingly mature and stable, right? Maybe it’s because they got famous in their 30s.

  22. vv says:

    As someone who regularly fights with the raccoons here I cannot get down with raccoons but a raccoon with Chris Pratt is instantly so cute!!! That’s the power of this star quality.

  23. JH says:

    He will never be douchey in my eyes- never. Anna is one lucky lady.

  24. Kate2 says:

    Yeah, I like him alot. 1 incident with a cat that we weren’t even fully privy to beyond Twitter isn’t enough to bury him on the douche list forever. People do 1 thing that others don’t approve of and suddenly they’re instant douchebags with no room for redemption, ever. That’s how it works these days. Its so stupid. I say this as a cat owner and animal lover.

    I love him and Anna together. They seem like such a great couple and he seems to really love her.

    • lucy2 says:

      I agree – the cat thing was not his best moment, but what’s important is that it ended well with the cat in a proper home. I think there was a bit of freaking out over becoming a dad that happened there too, but who knows.

    • jaye says:

      +1,000,000

  25. Lola says:

    God, I hope that raccoon gets a modeling contract soon … hate to see wasted talent.

  26. Allison says:

    That’s it. I want him and Charming Potato in a bromance movie, stat.

  27. Bread and Circuses says:

    That raccoon is so cute I’m having a similar reaction to how I respond when Chris Helmsworth wanders about with tiny babies cradled in his massive arms.

  28. phlyfiremama says:

    Oh, great, now I want to snuggle with him and the racoon!! (*sighs)

  29. Debutante says:

    So, he hates cats, but loves Raccoons ?? Tool.

  30. Leah says:

    He is hilarious on Parks and Recreation. I’m happy he is getting some big success.

  31. Camille (The Original) says:

    I’m not a big fan of him, but I find him much more likeable/attractive than the Channing Tatums and Bradley Coopers of this world. If he manages to hold onto/get A List status I could get behind it a lot more than the head scratching success of Tatum and Cooper.

  32. Maria of MD says:

    Such a cute little raccoon. They said in EW that it bonded with him during the shoot, as we get to see in that cuddles pic. We get them in our neighborhood on a fairly regular basis: moms and babies. They take the grand tour of the neighborhood.

  33. Dommy Dearest says:

    How is posing with the raccoon douchey?