Guardians Of The Galaxy - Guardians Director Not Convinced 'Chubby' Chris Pratt Was His Man

Guardians Of The Galaxy writer/director James Gunn was upset when his casting boss called in Chris Pratt for an audition, because he felt sure he'd be wasting his time with the "chubby guy" from Tv show Parks & Recreation.

The casting director kept suggesting Pratt for the role of Peter Quill, but Gunn just couldn't see the actor as his leading man - until he was right in front of him.

Gunn tells Wenn, "I actually screen tested at least 20 people; big stars, no names... looking for the right person. I really wanted somebody to embody this character and take it beyond what was on the page - the same way Robert Downey, Jr. did for Iron Man essentially. Nobody blew me away.

"Our casting director kept putting Chris' picture in front of me and said, 'What about this guy? Why don't you meet with him'? I don't remember agreeing to see Chris and then she said, 'After this guy, Chris Pratt is here', and I was a little mad. I thought I didn't want to see him, but then Chris came in and within 20 seconds I was like, 'Holy s**t, that's the guy. That's who we've been looking for'.

"Sometimes a role and a person are meant for each other and that's what I thought this was. I turned to my casting director and said, 'He's the guy, chubby or not! If he's chubby, the world's going to have to be ready for the first chubby superhero because he's still gonna be better than all the other people we had!'"


Contactmusic

Tags: James Gunn - Chris Pratt

Advertisement

More James Gunn

Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Review

By refusing to follow the usual formula, filmmaker James Gunn has made Marvel's best-yet movie, a summer action-adventure that provides more cinematic fun than the...

Here Comes Guardians of The Galaxy, A Huge Weekend in Store?

‘Guardians of The Galaxy’ hits cinemas next weekend with Marvel bracing itself for what could be a winning few days at the box office. Based...

Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer

The cast of forthcoming Marvel movie 'Guardians of the Galaxy'; Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper; talk about the new...

New 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Trailer: What We Noticed

Prepare to check out the new trailer for the upcoming summer blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy, which is due to open from the end of...

Advertisement

Guardians Of The Galaxy Trailer

Peter Quill runs into some trouble when he discovers an unusual looking orb that happens to be hunted by the merciless admiral Ronan and his...

Guardians Of The Galaxy Trailer

Peter Quill is a fearless Earthling pilot who rather proudly proclaims himself to be an outlaw, going by the nickname Star-Lord. As a child, he...

Guardians Of The Galaxy's Groot Appears Cast Favourite Following Q&A

Guardians of the Galaxy, the latest film based on Marvel’s comic books, is due to be released in July. With fans already speculating about the...

"Guardians of the Galaxy": Meet The World's Most Dangerous Raccoon (And The Voice Behind Him)

The Guardians of the Galaxy trailer has been out for a week now – plenty of time to get acquainted with the rag tag band...

Advertisement

Comments

James Gunn Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on James Gunn

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All