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From Parks and Rec to Jurassic World: Chris Pratt's rise to action hero status


In the space of a few short years, Chris Pratt has gone from being a relatively unknown actor to a household name.

Having started off as the sidekick or the comic relief in the majority of his roles (most famously in TV series Parks and Recreation), few people would have expected Pratt to end up where he is today. In short, he's the lead of not one but two enormous franchises: Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World.

In honour of sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom's release this June, we're exploring Pratt's rise to A-list action status…

The sitcom star: Parks and Recreation (2009 – 2015)

Originally intended as a guest appearance, Pratt's turn as the loveable Andy Dwyer was so well received by the show-runners and the fans that they kept him on as a series regular. In fact, he lasted until the very end of the show in 2015. Looking back, it's hard to imagine the schlubby, ever-so-slightly tubby Andy is played by the same guy who's now tackling T-Rexes.

The reliable best friend: The Five Year Engagement (2012) and Delivery Man (2013)

Before the leading Hollywood roles started flooding in, Pratt was largely known as the supportive background character. In other words, he's the one who gives a pep talk to the leading characters in their time of need.

His roles in both Delivery Man and The Five Year Engagement serve as examples of this. Pratt isn't one of the big draws in either film, but still manages to have a few memorable moments, playing off Vince Vaughn and Jason Segel, respectively. He also sings in The Five Year Engagement, which isn't a bad thing.

The animated star: The LEGO Movie (2014)

Nobody expected The LEGO Movie to be as successful as it was. Making over $469 million worldwide and winning a BAFTA for Best Animated Film, it subsequently birthed an entire movie franchise, and the voice cast are a large part of what makes it a success.

As underdog construction worker Emmet Brickowski, Pratt's warm, goofy tones make the character hugely likeable and easy to root for. He also manages to compete with the scene-stealer that is LEGO Batman (Will Arnett), an impressive feat on its own.

The Marvel superhero: Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2014, 2017)

Basing a movie on one of their relatively little known comic book properties was a very risky move on Marvel's part. But they certainly proved all of the doubters wrong. A superhero team featuring a talking tree and a racoon may not seem like a big crowd-pleaser, but the sheer giddy energy and humour of Guardians of the Galaxy rocketed the movie to instant classic status.

As Peter 'Star Lord' Quill, Pratt unleashes his irresistible charisma, and we genuinely couldn't think of anybody better suited for the role. We also cannot wait to see him team up with the Avengers for the first time in this April's Avengers: Infinity War.

The leading man: Passengers (2016)

Having ascended onto the A-list, Pratt now has the pick of his roles. In 2016, he was cast opposite fellow megastar Jennifer Lawrence in this outer-space romance, and even though the film wasn't necessarily as well received as they had expected it to be, it showed that Pratt is capable of playing dark, as well as likeable, characters.

The action hero: Jurassic World and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2015, 2018)

First introduced in Jurassic World, Pratt's Owen Grady is the quintessential action hero: gruff, good-looking and cool under pressure, even when faced with a rampaging Indominus Rex.

Sure, Star Lord is a hero, but he's of the comical variety. When pitted against dangerous dinosaurs, however, Pratt digs out a tougher, steelier side to his screen personality. Is this really the same guy we saw blobbed out on the sofa in Parks and Recreation?

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
is released on 6th June. What's your favourite Chris Pratt role? And do you want to see him return in the recently announced Jurassic World 3? Let us know @Cineworld.

Hannah Dixon is an Unlimited card holder who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.