In his journey from The Office to Jurassic World, Chris Pratt has fast become one of Hollywood’s most in-demand leading men, starring in Oscar winners and summer blockbusters. But a big part of that transition was reclaiming his health after he tipped the scale at nearly 300 lbs.
The former Parks and Recreation star admitted that he saw a connection between being funny and being overweight.
He told Men’s Health magazine: “I saw myself in an episode [of Parks and Rec] 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.”
Chris added: “I was impotent, fatigued, emotionally depressed. I had real health issues that were affecting me in a major way.”
He then added that being overweight is “bad for your heart, your skin, your system, your spirit”.
Chris married comedian Anna Faris in 2009 and the pair welcomed their two-year-old son, Jack, in 2012. Chris became a star after the 2014 hit Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy, and also starred in Oscar-winning film Zero Dark Thirty.
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He revealed that seeing himself fit on the big screen was motivation to get healthy again: “I’d gone back and forth, lost weight for Moneyball, got fat again, then trimmed down for Zero Dark Thirty, then gained it all back again for Andy [his Parks and Recreation character].”
He added: “That’s when I saw Zero Dark Thirty and right after walking out I was like: ‘I’m going to get in shape and I’m never going to be fat again.’”
Chris will next be seen on the big screen in the forthcoming Jurassic World, and has taken on a starring role in The Magnificent Seven remake, alongside Ethan Hawke and Denzel Washington.