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Chris Pratt's Big Year
Chris Pratt was everywhere in 2015. The former comedic TV actor became a bona fide movie star, taking home awards, ruling the box office, and creating some major buzz for the future. Ahead, 21 reasons why Pratt won 2015.
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When He Dominated The Box Office And Confirmed He’ll Be Back For More
Pratt is sitting pretty at the top of the year's total domestic box office. The Minnesota-born star led June's Jurassic World, the fourth in the Jurassic Park franchise, to nab the No. 1 spot as the year's highest-grossing movie stateside. The dino flick made a stunning $208.8 million on its opening weekend, going on to hit a domestic gross of $652.2 million and crossing the billion-dollar mark with an additional $1 billion earned abroad. This won't be the only time Pratt fights dinosaurs and makes the big bucks, however: In July, the actor confirmed that he'll be returning for an upcoming Jurassic World sequel, expected to hit theaters in 2018.
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When He Made Good On His Super Bowl Bet With Chris Evans
Pratt and pal Chris Evans had a battle of the Chrises when the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots faced off in February's Super Bowl XLIX. Seahawks fan Pratt lost a bet to Evans when the Patriots won by a score of 28 to 24. As a result, he paid a visit to the Captain America star's local Christopher’s Haven children’s hospital. Making good on the bet, Pratt dressed up like his Guardians of the Galaxy character Star-Lord to spend time with kids in the hospital, and helped raise $27,000 for the organization.
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When He Taught Kids At A Children’s Hospital How To Wrangle Raptors
A regular visitor to children's hospitals, Pratt spent time with kids at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, La. in June. During the visit, the star busted out some Jurassic World moves, reenacting a raptor-filled scene with the children.
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When He Gave His Son Jack The Chance To Name A Baby Penguin
Pratt and his wife Anna Faris both spent their childhoods in Washington state, and the two, along with their son Jack, nabbed a major honor from Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo. The family got the chance to give a name to the zoo's newest baby penguin, and Pratt and Faris handed the honor over to their 3-year-old kid. Jack dubbed the baby animal "Eagle the Penguin."
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When He Said Goodbye To Parks and Recreation
After spending six years as the charmingly goofy Andy Dwyer, Pratt bid adieu to em>Parks and Recreation alongside his comedy costars. He covered Entertainment Weekly's Winter TV Preview issue in January with Amy Poehler, Adam Scott, Aubrey Plaza, Retta, Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, and Jim O'Heir by his side.
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When He Became EW's Dino-Mite Cover Star
Ahead of his Jurassic World debut, Pratt dove in for EW's May 29/June 6 Must List issue. The newly minted movie hunk was photographed climbing out of a pool as an absolute Must, and was celebrated by stars like Chris Evans, who told EW of his What’s Your Number? costar, "You can’t fake what he has. He’s a very genuine, very sincere, very humble person. And I think most people are clever enough to see through people who are putting that on. That’s just who he is. That’s what’s so damn likable about him."
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When He Poked Some Serious Fun At Himself
Pratt signed on for a hilarious episode of Billy Eichner's Billy on the Street in October. Eichner walked the streets of New York City and asked pedestrians if they were able to name the man who was with him (it was Pratt). As tourists and locals alike didn't recognize the star, Pratt laughed along, having a blast with his lack of notoriety.
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When He Kept It Real On Objectification
Pratt famously beefed up for his big-screen roles in Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World, and garnered very different attention that he did in the height of his Andy Dwyer days. "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 said in a June interview with Radio 4's Front Row. He went on to add, "But I think it's OK. I don’t feel appalled by it. I think it’s appalling that for a long time only women were objectified, but I think if we really want to really advocate for equality, it's important to not objectify women less, but objectify men as often as we objectify women."
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When He Paid A Sweet Tribute To His Late Father
The star, who lost his father in 2014, paid tribute to the late Dan Pratt in September. He tweeted an adorable photo of himself as a young boy, posing for the shot with his father and his brother, Cully Pratt. "Your to do list: 1)have kids 2)play outside 3)teach them to fish 4)take pictures," he wrote. "Thanks Dad. Miss you man." He spoke about his dad — who battled multiple sclerosis for years — in a June interview with GQ, telling the magazine of his "old school kind of dad," "In his own way he let me know that he was proud of me. He didn’t really react in any way, one way or another, but he was definitely proud. If I was on TV, he watched everything I was in"
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When He Got Schooled By The Apparently Kid In Dino Trivia
Pratt joined the young Noah Ritter — better known as the Apparently Kid after his viral local news appearance — for an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show in April. The two competed in a round of "Dino Wrong or Dino Right?" to test their knowledge of dinosaur trivia. Unfortunately for the Jurassic World star, Ritter's passion for the creatures was just too strong and he lost handily to a competitor decades his junior.
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When He Became Half Of An Ironman
Because his Hollywood success wasn't enough, Pratt took on another arena in April. He competed in a 70.3-mile half-Ironman and completed the rigorous course. He was inspired to take on the race by the story of former Navy SEAL Mike Day, who was wounded while serving in Iraq. "Mike Day's story is just so incredible," Pratt said in an interview with the Ironman organization. "I'm very close to [Navy SEAL] Jared [Shaw] who was on the op with Mike when he was hurt. I figured if a guy who's been shot 27 times can tough this race out I had no excuse."
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When He Continued To Put Family First
As Pratt's star-power skyrocketed, his time with wife Faris and son Jack remained a priority. He and his movie star spouse regularly share photos with their child, making time for trips and quality time together. Faris shared a shot from one such excursion, tweeting, "You can tell by our faces that I've been trying to take this felfie for a while #hatwearinfamily."
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When He Ran In Heels Like A Boss
Pratt appeared on The Late Late Show With James Corden with his Jurassic World costar Bryce Dallas Howard. When host Corden praised Howard for her ability to run in heels throughout the film, Pratt signed on to walk in his pal's shoes. On Corden's request, he slipped into a pair of red heels and went for a run.
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When He Brought Down The House At The Guys Choice Awards
Honored with the Guy of the Year Award, Pratt killed it at the Spike TV awards show. He took the mic and poked fun at the show itself before thanking Faris, saying, "Darling, I love you," and giving a shoutout to members of the military, his agent, Dante his "spray tan guy," Bowflex exercise equipment, Axe body spray, True Religion jeans, and "the book The Secret"
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When He Teamed up With Amy Schumer, Jennifer Lawrence, and Aziz Ansari
Pratt joined one seriously star-studded crew in October, when he recorded a priceless short film with Schumer, Lawrence, and his Parks & Rec costar Ansari. Ansari captioned the quick Instagram clip "CHRIS PRATT AND AZIZ ANSARI present... 'hi guys' a short film. Directed by Jennifer Lawrence Director of Photography @amyschumer Written by @azizansari, @prattprattpratt, @kimcaramele, @amyschumer," and popped in on a swing to wave as Pratt stood brooding in the background.
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When He Got Goofy At Harvard
Pratt nabbed the Hasty Pudding Man of the Year award from Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals group in February. He brought jokes to the Ivy League school, slipping a decorated bra over his tuxedo at the ceremony.
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When He Hyped A Very Exciting Future
Rumors swirled for months about the possibility of Pratt stepping into the role of Indiana Jones when Harrison Ford's run as the action hero comes to a close. In a May interview with GQ, he confirmed that the movie was a conversation of sorts, going on to tell EW, "You have to look at it and be like, 'Is this right for me?' Is it right for me to do this? And is it perfect? You don't want to be the guy who f—s that up."
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When He Instilled Some Patriotism In His Son
Pratt recognized Memorial Day by sharing an adorable video of himself and his son Jack on Twitter. "Meant to post this on #MemorialDay but I was in China and my phone wasn't working," he wrote on May 27. "I'm proud to be American. I'm blessed to get to travel the world! #IPledgeAllegiance" In the clip, he and Jack stand facing a flag with their hands on their hearts, as Pratt teaches his child the words to the Pledge of Allegiance.
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When He Had All The Answers
Pratt participated in a Reddit AMA session in April, and offered up some gems in the process. He got sentimental, saying of his wife Faris, "Anna and I are meant to be together. Our relationship has made me believe in divine intervention and destiny, just as much as my crazy career and the way I fell into this life... Anna is a great wife. Very patient and understanding. Very supportive. So kind and genuine always. And she gave me a wonderful son and family of in laws that I truly love." Pratt also had some fun, answering a question about the contents of his perfect sandwich by writing, "Two slices of white bread, mustard, mayo and a platinum American Express card," and responding to a question that read "I was recently bitten by a radioactive Chris Pratt. What is about to happen to me?" by quipping, "Oh no. You're probably gonna get fat and then skinny."