He plays everydudes on ''Parks and Recreation'' and in ''The LEGO Movie;'' now Chris Pratt, 34, gets ripped for the sci-fi adventure ''Guardians of the Galaxy''

By Clark Collis
Updated May 23, 2014 at 04:00 AM EDT

You got in really great shape for Zero Dark Thirty, then put on a lot of weight for Delivery Man, then got in really great shape again to play Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy. Does your wife [actress Anna Faris] prefer the chubby Chris Pratt or the studly Chris Pratt?
Chris Pratt [Laughs] She probably prefers chubby Chris Pratt.

I am heartened by this news — but why?
What’s so great about my darling wife and the mother of my son is that she loves me no matter what package I’m wrapped in. I think she loves chubby Chris because he’s grumpy less frequently. Also, it’s less likely any woman would try to steal me away. She’s a feeder for a reason.

When I visited the Guardians set last summer, I saw you standing over a craft-service table literally inhaling the smell of food you weren’t allowed to eat.
[Laughs] Oh, God. Yeah, that’s been about the last year and a half of my life.

What did you miss the most?
Desserts. But once you get to where you want to be physically, you can actually incorporate that stuff back into your diet. It’s all about portion control. You can have a bite of just about anything. So it’s not that I miss cake. I miss eating an entire cake.

Tell us about Peter Quill.
People have said he’s like a Han Solo character. It’s sort of like that. He’s in space and is on the run and flies a ship. But he’s more of a kid than Han Solo. I mean, Harrison Ford was such a man.

The film has a crazy cast. There aren’t many movies featuring both Glenn Close and wrestler Dave Bautista.
I can think of no more than a dozen.

Bautista plays Drax the Destroyer. How much stuff does he destroy in the movie?
He destroys almost all of it. He definitely wipes out a lot of bad guys and smashes stuff in anger.

If I’m understanding things correctly, the next and last season of Parks and Recreation will be set in the future. Will there be jet packs?
[Laughs] Of course! Three years in the future? Almost everyone will have jet packs.