Chris Pratt: Only ‘f–king a–holes’ think money problems aren’t real problems


Chris Pratt covers the January issue of British GQ, just in time to promote his big movie star movie Passengers. I’ve never really been a believer in Chris Pratt, and that was before I realized that he and his wife don’t take proper care of their animals (not to mention the fact that Pratt is a sport hunter). All in all, not really my type. But I am interested in seeing how Passengers does, because the trailers make it look… not good? Like, it’s a cheesy ripoff of something but I can’t figure out what it’s ripping off. Anyway, Pratt excels when he’s in promotional mode (he has a touch of Channing Tatum every-man) and I didn’t really have a problem with these quotes:

On working with Jennifer Lawrence in Passengers: “She is truly one of the greatest actresses I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. She acts like Adele sings. You just sit back and you think, damn, some people… She’s a terrible singer! But she’s a wonderful actress. She could just do it. She could just turn it on and it strikes emotion in you, like some people can just open their mouths and sing.”

Chris Pratt on how Guardians of the Galaxy 2 forcing him to deal with the loss of his father: “The truth is I ripped open some wounds that had been healing for some time. And I didn’t want to. But I knew it was right for the moment… There are wounds that are never going to be totally healed. It would probably make for a better story if it was some emotional thing that I hadn’t dealt with… When we face the death of a parent, you sometimes feel regret that you didn’t fully embrace what you had.”

Chris Pratt on his audition for Guardians of the Galaxy with director James Gunn: “Within a minute he knew it was me and I knew it was me. And then he just said, any questions? I was like, how much f***ing time do you have? Like, yeah, tell me everything. Tell me the script scene by scene, starting now, to the end, because you f***ing people won’t let me read it. So yeah, I have questions, I have nothing but f***ing questions.”

Chris Pratt on being a struggling actor: “Life was a series of choices based on the price backwards on the menu, when you didn’t look at, ooh, what do I want, you look at the lowest number, that’s what you’re going to get. The difference between a large soda and a small soda was the 49 cents, and you didn’t spend the 49 cents. I heard someone say to me if it’s a problem that can be solved by money, it’s not a real problem. And I thought what kind of f***ing a–hole would come up with that?”

[From British GQ]

“Tell me the script scene by scene, starting now, to the end, because you f***ing people won’t let me read it.” While I understand his frustration with “the Marvel way” of doing things, I do wonder if, say, the reaction would have been the same if Chadwick Boseman had come in and said that about Black Panther. And what if Boseman then bitched about the Marvel way in an interview? The reaction would have been different, let’s face it. As for what he says about being a broke and struggling actor… that says a lot about his pragmatism. He knows he’s lucky to be making real money now, but he hasn’t forgotten what it was like to struggle.

Here are some photos of Pratt and Lawrence at the Spanish photocall for Passengers.



Photos courtesy of WENN, British GQ.

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  1. MissMerry says:

    oh! she looks so pretty for that photo call!

    • Kitten says:

      She looks gorgeous.

    • Megan says:

      I love her suit. She looks great.

    • LWilly says:


      Also, are those extensions?

    • Dee Kay says:

      I think she looks far better at this photocall than she has on the red carpet for the past two years. That great suit must not be Dior. I think the Dior contract has been really terrible for her, they seem to only give her ill-fitting or fugly gowns for huge events. Then, at this lower-key thing, she just puts on a smart tailored suit and looks fantastic.

  2. Locke Lamora says:

    I used to really like him, but not any more. Jennifer is an incredibly overrated actress and I can not stand her personality, so I wont be watching this. it looks bad anyway.

    But I do agree with him about the money thing. lets face it, the world revolves around money. how youre treated by society depends on how much money you have. so when rich people say how money doesnt matter, all you need is love and all that nonsense, it annoys me to no end.

  3. Kitten says:

    Ah yes the standard “I struggled for years to put food on the plate” actor’s story.
    Here’s the thing: he didn’t HAVE to pursue acting, he could have chosen college and worked his way up the ladder like most of us do, but he wanted to play pretend for a living. That’s kind of the trade-off, no?

    Then again, I’m biased because I can’t stand this guy. I’ll always find something to pick on him about lol.

    • KB says:

      He was working at a restaurant in Maui when he was “discovered.” And he was already living in a van. So he was poor and homeless either way lol

    • LA says:

      I think hes more speaking to the experience of being poor, no matter what choices or life circumstances lead you there, and not so much complaining about his life. Someone who was born into a poor family would probably have the same reaction.

    • Locke Lamora says:

      So only the rich should pursue the arts?

      • Kitten says:

        Sigh. Nope, not what I said at all. I thought my point was obvious, but I guess not….

        My point was that like everything else in life, our careers are conscious choices. You don’t HAVE to pursue a profession in the arts but if you do, you do so knowing that at best, money will be tight while you try to form a career and break into a competitive industry and at worst, you will struggle for the rest of your life.
        But the payoff is that if you succeed, you get to pursue your passion while getting paid for it, which–let’s face it–is everybody’s dream career. It’s a gamble for sure, but it’s still a CONSIOUS CHOICE.

        I spent 5 years in art school and ended up in financial insurance. Why? Because I chose a stable and lucrative career over struggling and living paycheck-to-paycheck. It was a conscious decision. But it’s a double-edged sword in that this isn’t my passion. There are days that I feel bored and unstimulated but I accept that this is the choice I made. I chose money over passion and I have no regrets.

        Pratt made a choice, nobody forced him into acting.
        All in all the guy is INCREDIBLY blessed as he is a mediocre actor who got lucky. Not every actor is so fortunate–many talented actors struggle for years and never make it to C-List status, much less A-List.
        So yeah…I’m not sure why he would complain.

      • Cee says:


      • JulP says:

        Right? That’s basically what’s happening in countries like the US and UK now because people can’t afford to pursue careers in the arts (and because of budget cuts in primary schools that affect the arts disproportionately, so children who are poor/middle class can’t begin studying music, etc. at an early age).

        Also, it’s entirely possible to go to college and pursue a STEM degree or something like that and still end up poor/struggling. There are no guarantees in today’s economy, and the best way to get and keep a job is by knowing the right people.

      • CornyBlue says:

        @JulP though you might be right in some cases the probability of you getting a job from a STEM degree as it is a structured course is higher than through a liberal arts degree if we take a case where one has no connections. I am i no way saying people should stop pursuing the arts, people from all classes should , but it is a very risky thing.

      • Kitten says:

        @ JulP Eh. It depends on where you live. There are pockets of the US that are thriving with art-related jobs. Most of the people I graduated with have art careers because they moved to NYC where all the art jobs are. I have two friends who stayed around here and one became a nurse (she majored in sculpture) and the other has her own business not related to art (she was a pottery major). You might not be able to be a painter by profession but there are plenty of jobs in graphic design, if you don’t mind computer art.

      • Kate says:

        So everyone who didn’t pick a financially prudent career choice isnt allowed to talk about being poor?

        Yes we all make choices, but if everyone chose the financially stable and rewarding career options society as we know it would fall apart.

      • Tulip says:

        @Kitten. It sounds like you still have a real passion for the arts:) I hope you do something artistic on the side, you might still be able to have a second career later.

      • Kitten says:

        @Kate-Eh? He can talk about it all he wants. I’m certainly not stopping him…

        Quotes from Pratt:
        “I was like, ‘I don’t know, but I know I’ll be famous and I know I’ll make a shit ton of money.’ I had no idea how.”

        “It’s a pretty awesome place to be homeless. We just drank and smoked weed and worked minimal hours, just enough to cover gas, food, and fishing supplies.”

        So he was barely working and hanging out and smoking weed in his van all day. Awesome.
        And I guess I’m supposed to feel bad for him because he didn’t feel like working hard or working long hours but wanted to be “famous and rich”?

        Yeah no. I’ll leave the sympathetic comments for you guys. My boyfriend works 60-70 hours a week as a paramedic. It’s a hard and thankless job with a shit-ton of responsibility and it doesn’t pay well. Yet it is a noble job that ultimately serves the community–we all need someone to care for us in case of an emergency. Yet he rarely complains about his job and he doesn’t whine about money because he’s responsible for his choices and knew about the flip-side of his career (long hours, low pay) before he got into it.

        But as I said. you guys can feel bad for the dude all you want and I’ll save my sympathy for the people like my boyfriend, who bust their asses just to get by.

        @ Tulip-I do LOTS of creative things in my free time. I make wreaths and centerpieces, I draw and paint. I still need that creative outlet 🙂

    • Pawra says:

      That’s an ignorant thing to say. There are TONS of college grads out there scraping by and would be so lucky to have the opportunity to “work their way up the ladder”. It doesn’t automatically work like that. A degree and hard work doesn’t guarantee success and giving someone a hard time for pursuing a hit-or-miss career instead of any other job for which success is never a guarantee no matter what you do just shows how little you know.

      • Kitten says:

        Well, it certainly increases your chances of having a career moreso than sitting in a van smoking weed all day.

      • Alleycat says:

        @Kitten Ugh I worked at an ambulance company and I’m well aware of how awful EMTs and paramedics get paid. These people save lives daily and get pennies and have to deal with absurd situations. It’s absolutely ridiculous. Thank your boyfriend for me!

      • Kitten says:

        @Alleycat-Yeah that’s the issue for him too–he works for a private ambulance company. I’m encouraging him to apply for a job with the city of Boston where he could make more money but I guess it’s incredibly competitive.
        But thank you for getting it!

      • Locke Lamora says:

        I didn’t know there was such a thing as a private ambulance company. America, you never fail to surprise me.

        How does that work? Do people who dial 911 have to pay if the private ones pick them up?

      • Kitten says:

        @ Locke- Different cities contract the company to service their ER calls. He works in three separate locations over the course of a week. One of the poorest parts of the city (not Boston proper, but the surrounding area) that he works in is a nightmare. Just the lack of funding, the unqualified police and fire department…it’s a huge mess.

        Contrast that against Boston (or “Boston proper” as we say here) which has it’s own designated police/fire/emergency care departments which are usually highly-skilled, well-paid, professional people and I get why it’s so competitive.

        But yeah, the whole thing is insane…the bureaucratic sh*t has been a real eye-opener for me.

    • Arpeggi says:

      And then he would have been a poor struggling college student or college graduate trying to make ends meet… The principle wouldn’t change.

      I’m from a poor family, studied in STEM, went to grad school and now that I’ve been working full time for 5 years, I’m starting to reach a salary that enables me to live differently than when I was in grad school living on my $600/month stipend… Going to college/uni in a on-demand program/ something that’s not liberal arts doesn’t mean you won’t be struggling, so you might as well do something you want to do.

      His statement is about recognizing what being poor means, not being a poor actor.

      • Kitten says:

        I understand, but “poor” is a term that describes people from a variety of different circumstances.

        Sorry but I don’t think someone who is “poor” because he made the conscious choice to work the minimal amount of hours to get by so he could fish all day and party with his friends is the same as a poor person who is say, disabled and unable to work.

        My comments were simply about making that differential, pointing to the fact that he DID have a choice. So maybe he indeed knows what it’s like to not have a lot of money, but it’s hardly due to unfortunate circumstances but rather by his own life choices.


      • Annetommy says:

        So the fact he was poor, and if he’d stayed poor, would have been because of the life choices he made. But the fact that he has shed loads of money is attributed to him getting lucky. Not his own life choices. Luck. All Pratt-bashing bases covered then.

  4. KB says:

    I don’t think he was repeating verbatim what he said to James Gunn, I think he was joking. He’s always joking. Not a fan of his sport hunting or animal owning, but he’s very charming and funny. And I’ll always love Andy Dwyer.

  5. Jess1632 says:

    He’s annoying, she’s annoying

  6. Nameless says:

    I don’t like him either, but I relate to the price backward thing. Though I’m better off financially (though far from wealthy) I still look at the unit price at the grocery store and feel a surge of guilt if I splurge on good olive oil. I feel gratitude at the checkout for certainty that my card will go through.

    It’s good to not forget those feelings. I hope he does charity stuff.

    • Cee says:

      I grew up rich and I still compare prices against brands and product quantity. Whatever I earn, regardless of my parents wealth, I like to treat it carefully, making sure I can still save some after paying all of my bills and food/gym.

      • Locke Lamora says:

        But you, I presume, do it because you want to, not because you have to.

        No matter what lifestlye a person leads, havig a safety cushion of money is very different from not having one, even just psychologically.

      • Cee says:

        I do it because I know how easy it is to lose everything in my country (fickle economy) and not having enough stresses me out. I am not rich, my parents are, and I do not count on an inheritance even if it is probable I will get one, that’s why I spend carefully, but you’re right though.

  7. t.fanty says:

    I get a real Secret Trump Voter vibe from Pratt. I don’t know why, but I just do.

    • Kitten says:

      Because he’s a super-conservative Christian?

    • ash says:

      i feel you on this….. in every cover he looks like he’s ready to scream

      WOHHHHHHOOOO MERICA’ and talk to me how BLM is a terrorist group

      projecting much — yess LOL

    • Dubois says:

      I get the same vibe too. And it’s totally stereotyping but I’ll still go ahead… He wears a lot of American flag emblazoned items (caps, jackets, tee shirts). His “normal life” aesthetic is very red neck small town ‘Murican. I pegged him for a Trump supporter a long time ago.

      • Ajax says:

        He’s also all about #BlueLivesMatter, and that alone is a huge red flag. He and Jen both can get out of here with their ignorant nonsense.

      • Annetommy says:

        I don’t know how he voted. Neither does anyone else. He didn’t say anything about the election.

  8. paranormalgirl says:

    It’s like a dramatic ripoff of Red Dwarf.

  9. Sam says:

    I see all these folks excited for Chris Pratt’s space movie. Meanwhile I’m like get me ready to see Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds space it up in their space movie. I love me some Jake and Ryan….and then Jake and Ryan together in the same movie? Yea my ovaries may explode. So they can have Passengers and Chris Pratt. I’ll take Jake and Ryan 🙂

    • JulP says:

      Yeah, I saw the trailer for Life the other day and it looks great! Plus, from what I can tell, they didn’t feel the need to add a cheesy rom-com subplot to the movie. That’s my main problem with this film. Based on the trailers, it seems like it’s trying to do too many things. The central premise is actually pretty interesting and could make for a great film; there was no need to tack on a love story. Frankly, it looks like a complete mess. Dying for the reviews to come out.

      • Sam says:

        Yea I just never understood the vibe that Passengers was going for. They added that love story element and for me it just ruined the feel for the film. For all I know it could turn out to be great but I’m not really feeling it to be honest. When I saw the trailer for Life, I screamed because I saw Jake and Ryan together lol but then I actually watched the trailer and it caught my attention.
        Really looking forward to it when it comes out. Ironically both Passengers and Life are being released by Sony within a 6 month span. I’m looking forward to see which one gets the better reviews/bigger box office.

    • Kitten says:

      I love Jake too. Don’t know Ryan’s work that well but I’m looking forward to Life.

    • kibbles says:

      Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson are much better actors than Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, in my opinion. Pratt and Lawrence to me are like two blondes who won the popularity contest in Hollywood. Their acting skills, however, are very overrated. Then you have Gyllenhaal who is always overlooked for his superb acting roles and hasn’t won an Oscar yet. Rebecca Ferguson isn’t really a household name yet, but I thought she was wonderful in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. I’d also choose to see Life over Passengers.

  10. CornyBlue says:

    Jen looks so old in the photos here. She looked so good in the London part of the press from what I saw. The whole makeup ages her and looks really bad.
    As for Pratt I think he is genuinely one the dudes who really was down on his luck and though I dont get how he gets praised to be so mediocre in everything but he did turn his life around so he gets to have some say in this matter I feel. Also whoever said the problems that can be solved with money thing sounds so insufferable lord.

  11. Freddy Spaghetti says:

    I’m in the minority here, but I like Chris (although I do agree that he and Anna should not be allowed to have pets.)

    I think he remembers where he came from, which a lot of Hollywood people seem to forget when they get famous, and he’s not an overnight success. Plus his Instagram is hilarious and, you know, Andy Dwyer!

  12. Miss Jupitero says:

    I am in one of the least remunerative subdivision of the arts– I am a poet. And I have a day job and feel very lucky to have it. I already know nobody is going to pay me for poetry, and I am kind of fine with that because, in my opinion, some things that really matter just can’t be monetized. Most of the poets I know are working class btw. You would think that only rich people would bother with an art form that almost never pays, but it doesn’t seem to have worked out that way.

    Still, every now and then I run into someone who clearly doesn’t have the worries I have. I remember interviewing a poetess I will not name who complained about her life and then sighed “Maybe I should do what you do and just get a job.” I managed to tersely point out to her that for most of us plebes, this isn’t an optional thing that we can just think about doing or not doing. If I don’t work, I don’t eat. If I don’t pay for that roof over my head, I get to sleep under the bridge in my spangly shorts with my sonnets. I make the most of whatever I have, and think it curiously makes me more productive. Grrrrrrrrr. God I hate having to explain this shit.

    • mar_time says:

      Same here, I always wanted to be a wedding planner so I started doing it for free while working my boring job and even though I charge now, I’m still not at “full time” status so I continue to work to be able to pursue my passion. I don’t have the connections others do so I’ve built what I have with my two hands…feels better that way!

  13. jerkface says:

    too many space movies. too many super hero movies. make me laugh or get out! lol

  14. Who ARE These People? says:

    He curses a lot and it does *not* make him “relatable.”

  15. nicegirl says:

    takes one to know one??

  16. WahooWah says:

    I didn’t really think rich problems were real problems until I dated somebody (“D”) who was very wealthy for two years.

    The biggest thing I saw was that people were constantly trying to take advantage of him. Every day- yes, every day- there would be something new.

    His daughter’s baby daddy refused to pay child support because D was wealthy. That’s not how child support works! While D bought his daughter an apartment and paid for his grandson’s daycare, his daughter still worked and paid for all other living expenses. The baby daddy ended up going to jail before finally coughing up his child support.

    D made most of his fortune through different investments (business, real estate, stock, etc.). People were always trying to scam him. There were a lot who would try to run long cons and generate money on the first couple deals before asking him to invest a ton on a deal where they just wanted to pocket the money. Thankfully, D was really savvy about this.

    A few of D’s relationships were strained because of money matters. He’d always do a contract if he loaned somebody money and had specific terms (usually first deed on a property). People would try to weasel out of paying him back. Most people were good about honoring the terms or letting him know if there was a problems, but some would try to weasel out of making payments. He’d try to work with them but if months went by with them avoiding him and not making payments, he’d enforce the contract. He didn’t get wealthy letting people steal from him.

    He hated loaning money to friends and family because of this. In all the time I dated him, I only saw him loan one really good friend money to avoid bankruptcy- and, no, he was never paid back. D let it go but the friendship is not the same. I remember one time we met an old friend of his he hadn’t see in 20 years, within an hour the friend was begging D to give him $30k to pay off his debts. The same friend had been living off of his inheritance, never worked, and had gotten himself into trouble do to careless spending. D declined to give him the loan (he knew the guy wouldn’t pay him back) and his “old friend” trashed talked D to anybody who’d listen.

    These problems don’t compare to being poor and struggling to make ends meet, but goddamn, they were still pretty gross.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      What a world! And it supports my instinct to remain private about my financial situation, because when they think you don’t have it, they won’t come asking for it.

    • Dee Kay says:

      Wow. Thanks @Wahoo for telling that story. Really interesting and gives me a new perspective on what it means to have wealth.

    • jerkface says:

      Who knew Heavy D had it so bad?

  17. larry says:

    He is much better than channing tatum who has the same expression and voice in every movie

  18. Eener says:

    It’s a fucking remake of Disney’s Wall-E for adults. I need to stop reading about him. I loved Guardians and knowing this shit about him, especially, the pets part, will just ruin it for me.