One thing fans can’t picture is the Guardians of the Galaxy crew without Chris Pratt. Surprisingly enough, Pratt almost didn’t get the role as the actor didn’t initially audition for the part. Gunn believed that Pratt was the guy to play the role and offered him to audition and the actor said no.
Casting director, Sarah Finn worked hard to convince Pratt to consider auditioning and when he was open to doing it, James Gunn almost didn’t want to show up.
After making sure the two were in the same room, Pratt’s audition blew James Gunn away as he knew Pratt was perfect for the role. Sarah Finn later shared in an interview that even though it was a “challenge” to get both of them in the same room, it was definitely the right thing to do:
“I finally got him to audition and James Gunn said he didn’t want to see him and that really was a challenge. I was really happy when I finally got them together and it was honestly one of those eureka moments that we talk about in casting when it absolutely feels right and you know it’s right. James turned to me within ten seconds and said ‘He’s the guy.'”
Gunn did make it clear that he didn’t care if Pratt lost weight for the role and joked that he would give the actor a CGI six-pack if he had to. Pratt went to the gym and shockingly lost 60 lbs in six months for his role as Star-Lord making Gunn’s joke no longer relevant.
While this is a cool and funny story, it would have been weird to see Pratt’s body be CGI as it would’ve caused some controversy for sure. It wouldn’t have been as bad as Henry Cavill‘s infamous mustache ruining some reshoots for Joss Whedon’s Justice League (2017), but it would’ve been memorable for all the wrong reasons.
The MCU is just beginning to add more superhero teams into the Marvel universe because now, the Avengers need all the help they can get. It is only a matter of time before we see the Young Avengers, Illuminati, Defenders, Midnight Sons, X-Men, Fantastic Four, and the Thunderbolts enter the MCU.
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Phase Four has started off with a lot of content for Marvel fans to look forward to in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. On Disney+ you can watch Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel on June 8, and She-Hulk to debut this year. For movies, Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness is out in theaters right now, followed by Thor: Love and Thunder on July 8, and of course, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever on November 11.