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Chris Pratt: I Had Ambitions To Play A Hero But It Felt I Wasn’t Ever Given Those Opportunities

And oftentimes, as a performer in Hollywood, I was trying to define myself by how the industry sees me, rather than what I’m trying to prove myself to the industry, he says.

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Actor Chris Pratt, who has completed two decades in Hollywood, says that there was a time when he considered himself a “misfit” in the industry.

“Many years went by when I was trying to find my footing in Hollywood, and find out what kind of an actor I was,” says the 44-year-old in an interview with HT.

“I had ambitions to play lead roles, to be an adventurer and a hero. But it felt I wasn’t ever given those opportunities. And when I started to get those opportunities, I would blow them,” shares the Bride Wars (2009), Moneyball (2011), Zero Dark Thirty (2012), The Magnificent Seven (2016) and Passengers (2016).

The actor, while looking back, says he would not get auditions. "And oftentimes, as a performer in Hollywood, I was trying to define myself by how the industry sees me, rather than what I’m trying to prove myself to the industry," he says.

“There was a time when I thought maybe I was going to be more of a sidekick funny character, which would have been perfectly fine by me,” he recalls.

This was the time Pratt met director James Gunn, who he says turned around his career with GOTG franchise. “James took a chance on me to play this type of a character in this type of a universe, right around the time that I was hoping to try to do something different. I had been essentially not castable in that type of role before and it changed everything. I am really grateful for that. James found me -- an outcast at the moment and made me his Star Lord,” says the actor to the publication. 

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