Chris Pratt recently made everyone on the Internet pause briefly from ladling buttercream into their now-slackened jaws, to gaze in wonder and frosting-stained shame at his sudden transformation from Parks And Recreation lazybones to Guardians Of The Galaxy’s lord of stars and crossfit. And according to a TV Guide interview, Parks showrunner Mike Schur was “as shocked as everybody” by what can be achieved by merely cutting out beer for six months (and then training non-stop every day because you’re getting millions to do so). And now it’s Schur’s job to figure out how Pratt’s ripped physique fits a character who sucks down Frisbees full of chili.
“The only possible explanation for why someone looks that good is that they’re planning to play a superhero in a summer blockbuster,” Schur said, admitting that they went through something like this once before when Pratt toned up for Zero Dark Thirty, but not superhero toned. “There is a joke that I wrote in the premiere that I think we'll probably shoot that is a little tiny acknowledgement or nod to the fact that he looks very different to the way he normally looks. I don't think beyond a little joke about it that we'll end up doing anything significant. We're not going to suddenly say that Andy became a fitness nut because that doesn't ring true.”
Schur also acknowledged, “If Burt Macklin were a real person, that’s probably what he’d look like,” before jokingly suggesting a “Fight Club” scenario where scenes would be split between Pratt’s normal and newly buff personae. But mostly, it seems the show plans to adopt the same contingency plan it had for Rob Lowe’s Drew Peterson hair, and just ignore Pratt’s testament to the transforming powers of physical fitness—which is, coincidentally, also what most of us dudes are gonna do.
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