It’s no secret that Chris Pratt used to be fat. We all came to know and love the guy with his portrayal of Andy Dwyer on Parks & Recreation, which gave us wonderful moments such as:
But in an interview with Men’s Health magazine, Pratt revealed that just because he played a lighthearted clown didn’t necessarily mean that’s how he felt off-screen. At his heaviest he weighed 300 lbs while shooting for the 2013 movie Delivery Man and had become convinced that in order to be funny, he had to be fat.
‘I saw myself in an episode [of Parks & Recreation],’ Pratt, who admits he used to devour three or four cheeseburgers at every table read, told Men’s Health, ‘and in the matter of two moments very close together, I thought, “Oh my God, I’m getting fat.” And then almost immediately I did something else and I thought, “Holy crap, I’ve never seen myself funnier.” And I put the two together.’(via)
However, it wasn’t until his role as a Navy SEAL in Zero Dark Thirty that he realized he needed to get his weight under control for the better. According to Pratt it wasn’t due to societal pressures that he lost the weight, but rather the extra pounds were beginning to take a toll on his physical and mental health.
‘I was impotent, fatigued, emotionally depressed. I had real health issues that were affecting me in a major way. It’s bad for your heart, your skin, your system, your spirit,’ he adds.(via)
While I’m sure we’ll all miss fat and lovable Andy Dwyer, it’s good to see Pratt happily in shape and kicking ass in movies. Hell, if he hadn’t lost the weight would we have gotten to see him at Star-Lord in last summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy? Probably not. Plus, Jurassic World is coming out next week, and you know what that means…
ANDY DWYER: DINOSAUR TRAINER EXTRAORDINAIRE.
[H/T Daily Mail]