Chris Pratt is a pretty well-known actor these days. He’s been riding a long, slow ascent to Hollywood stardom for years now, and is probably best known for his role of Andy Dwyer in Parks & Recreation.
He’s had roles in a number of notable films too, like Her, The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World, and is set to be in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy sequels and Jurassic World 2.
So yeah, he kinda has an idea of what Hollywood is about – which makes it kinda surprising how he put his foot in his mouth recently talking about how there’s a lack of representation of “Blue Collar Americans” in film today.
“I don’t see personal stories that necessarily resonate with me, because they’re not my stories,” he said. “I think there’s room for me to tell mine, and probably an audience that would be hungry for them. The voice of the average, blue-collar American isn’t necessarily represented in Hollywood.”
This seems especially ridiculous when you look at the fact that the most recent Oscar season highlighted the experience of working-class people. Oh, and perhaps it’s worth noting that Andy Dwyer – the aforementioned character from Parks & Rec – was a shoe shiner. If that’s not blue collar, I don’t know what is.
Pratt has since gone on record saying that comment was “pretty stupid.”
That was actually a pretty stupid thing to say. I’ll own that. There’s a ton of movies about blue collar America. https://t.co/DclYfNsiv3
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) April 21, 2017
I say good on him for owning up to it, whereas others (*cough* Kylie Jenner Pepsi Ad *cough*) just move on, ignore it, and pretend it never happened.
Silly commentary on issues of representation in Hollywood aside, Chris Pratt is generally regarded as a pretty good actor. This morning as Pratt appeared on BBC Radio 1’s Breakfast Show, host Nick Grimshaw decided to try and put his acting ability to the test by giving him scenarios to act out with a unique co-star: a bacon sandwich.
It was pretty convincing. Watch:
Either that’s the most talented bacon sandwich I’ve ever seen, or Pratt is just so good, he makes up for an otherwise lacklustre performance from his co-star.
And from the looks of it, he might have a new favourite food?