Chris Pratt has spoken out about how he feels to have become, shall we say, an object of desire since starring in movies like ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and 'Jurassic World’.
The actor, who was at the start of his career hardly the beefcake he is now, says that it has been a 'huge part’ in helping him get leading roles in the space of just a handful of movies.
Asked if he thought having a toned physique was a prerequisite for male actors, he told Radio 4’s Front Row: “Never in a calculated way, but in hindsight, yeah. It was a huge part of how my career has shifted is based on the way that I look, on the way that I’ve shaped my body to look.”
He added that he now feels 'totally objectified’.
“I think it’s OK, I don’t feel appalled by it,” he went on.
“I think it’s appalling that for a long time only women were objectified, but I think if we really want to advocate for equality, it’s important to even things out.
“Not objectify women less, but objectify men just as often as we objectify women.
“There are a lot of women who got careers out of it, and I’m using it to my advantage. And at the end of the day, our bodies are objects.
“We’re just big bags of flesh and blood and meat and organs that God gives us to drive around.”
Nice image, thanks Chris.
Of his ability to be able to bulk up for roles if needs be, he went on to say: “It’s nice to know that there’s something I can do, that I can manipulate the way I look - that’s a good thing for an actor to be able to do.
“For years people have been putting on masks, putting on costumes, and this is essentially a costume that I took a great deal of effort to put on.”
Pratt recently revealed that during his most slovenly period, about two years ago while playing Andy Dwyer in 'Parks and Recreation’, he was 'depressed and impotent’, and able to polish off four cheeseburgers during script read-throughs.
“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 told Men’s Health.
However, he later clarified his comments, re: the impotency.
“I’m not sure I knew what 'impotent’ meant when I said it,” he joked with Access Hollywood. “I had a lower sex drive, to be honest with you. Everything about my spirit was dull. I didn’t feel great, and I think people will relate to that.”
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