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Posted at: Apr 21, 2017, 12:44 AM; last updated: Apr 21, 2017, 12:47 AM (IST)

‘I’m still an outsider in Hollywood

‘I’m still an outsider in Hollywood
Here he comes: Actors Chris Pratt and Anna Faris arrive at the premiere of Disney and Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California.
Chris Pratt is the main lead in two of the biggest Hollywood franchises — Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy — and is one of its highest-earning stars, but the American actor still considers himself an outsider in Hollywood. The actor believes “Hollywood has a tendency to homogenise its men and women” and that is why entering showbiz with an outsider’s perspective worked in his favour. “I definitely felt like an outsider (when he started working in the West) and I was (an outsider). I probably still am (an outsider) in a way, although I spend more time in Los Angeles (LA) than out of LA,” Pratt said during a Disney press meet for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. 

The humble beginnings 

The Disney film will release in India on May 5. Pratt was a homeless man before he rose to stardom. He used to live in a Scooby-Doo van and worked at a seafood restaurant in Hawaii in late 1990s. It was at this restaurant he was discovered by actress Rae Dawn Chong, who then gave him his first film Cursed Part 3 in 2000. 

The 37-year-old asserts that there is “great benefit” being an outsider. He says that “being an outsider is becoming more and more helpful now”. “...People who live in California and LA for a long time... They all become very similar. There is great weather, great food, easygoing attitude, it is pretty progressive, thoughtful and mindful — all that is really great but it doesn’t necessarily make (for) the most diverse, compelling group of actors,” said the star, who grew up in Lake Stevens in Washington state.  —IANS


Breaking into Hollywood 

Ask him how difficult it is for an outsider to get a break in Hollywood, Pratt said: “Creating the initial connection and jumping the first few initial hurdles are really tough. They are pretty much catch 22... Trying to get an agent, a manager, trying to get into Screen Actors Guild. That type of stuff is really difficult because you can’t get a job unless you are in the Screen Actors Guild and vice versa. It is the same thing with representation. You can’t get someone to represent you unless you have some work to show them and can’t get work unless you have representation,” said Pratt.

"A lot of guys become exactly the same. For me, it was really helpful to have this outsider perspective. People in LA often cast a Canadian, or someone from Australia, Britain or India or anywhere from the outside because they have a point of view that is different from the creators and the writers in LA."

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