Be it as a cowboy in space (Guardians Of The Galaxy), a cowboy taming the dinosaurs (Jurassic World) or an actual cowboy (The Magnificent Seven), Chris Pratt sells each character to the audience, well, quite magnificently.
So, if anyone can successfully carry the first half of a film on his own, it’d be Pratt, as seen in his new flick Passengers. Directed by Morten Tyldum, Passengers tells of a spaceship heading to a distant planet, carrying over 5,000 passengers, all of whom are asleep, on the journey that will take 110 years. But something goes wrong mid-way and Pratt’s character – a blue-collar mechanical engineer named Jim Preston – is awakended 90 years too early.
In an interview transcript from Sony Pictures, the 37-year-old actor shared how Jim reacts to being the only person awake on the ship. “He has a brief stint where he decides he’s just going to go crazy and have fun. Why not? Also, he’s not a ‘Gold Class’ passenger so he’s limited to the worst food, the worst meals, the worst soap. He has the smallest room and forced to live like a second-class citizen on the ship. So it adds insult to injury and creates a lot of comic beats in what is otherwise pretty harrowing circumstances in the first act.”
Pratt, who is married to actress Anna Faris, said he would never travel to another planet. “I’ve got a wife and a son and people who depend on me. And you know, I’ve got a pretty good thing going on here on Earth. I don’t think I’m going to land on a planet, colonise it and make it big as an actor, you know what I mean?”
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