Chris Pratt: How will ‘soft’ guy become Star-Lord?

Feb. 06, 2013 | 12:43 p.m.

Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" #1 will go on sale in late March. (Steve McNiven / Marvel)

Chris Pratt appeared in the Oscar-nominated "Zero Dark Thirty," shown Jan. 8 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. (Kris Connor / Getty Images)

Concept art for the "Guardians of the Galaxy" film. (Concept art by Charlie Wen / Marvel)

Chris Pratt, left, and Joel Edgerton portray SEAL Team 6 members in "Zero Dark Thirty." (Jonathan Olley / Columbia Pictures)

Chris Pratt and Anna Faris at the "Zero Dark Thirty" premiere in December. The couple has been married since 2009. (Michael Nelson / EPA)

Anna Faris and Chris Pratt appeared together in the 2011 film "Take Me Home Tonight." (Ron Batzdorff / Relativity Media)

Chris Pratt plays Andy Dwyer alongside Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope in "Parks and Recreation." (David Giesbrecht / NBC)

"Parks and Recreation" cast members Chris Pratt as Andy Dwyer, Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson, Retta as Donna Meagle, Aubrey Plaza as April Ludgate, Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, Rashida Jones as Ann Perkins, Adam Scott as Ben Wyatt, Jim O'Heir as Jerry Gergich, Aziz Ansari as Tom Haverford. (Mitchell Haaseth / NBC)

In the 2011 film "The Five-Year Engagement," Chris Pratt played Alex, the would-be groom's best friend who beats him to the altar.

In "Moneyball," Chris Pratt played Scott Hatteberg, a former catcher whom the Oakland A's turned into a first baseman. (Melinda Sue Gordon / Columbia TriStar)

Chris Pratt was Brighton "Bright" Abbott in 2006 in the WB's "Evergreen." Kelly Carlson played Ada. (Patrick Ecclesine / The WB)

Chris Pratt, right, and actor Gregory Smith were among those at a 2004 party celebrating Teen People's "Young Hollywood" Issue, held at the Teen People mansion in the Hollywood Hills. (Ringo H.W. Chiu / For the Los Angeles Times)

From coupon salesman to guardian of the galaxy.  Not bad.

Before “Guardians of the Galaxy” was a twinkle in Chris Pratt’s eye, he was busy becoming a square-jawed heartthrob of the WB.   And before that,  as he told Conan O’Brien in a December interview, he was a coupon salesman.

But now, as the Los Angeles Times reports, Pratt has scored the lead role of Peter Quill in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Can he handle the superhero big leagues?

Pratt has grown up since he was “Bright” Abbott on WB’s “Everwood,”  He’s proven himself as a comedian (“Parks and Recreation”) as well as a dramatic actor (“Zero Dark Thirty”).  He also married actress Anna Faris in 2009. Together the couple have a baby, Jack, born in August.

For his role as a Navy SEAL in the Oscar-nominated “Zero,” the actor — who told O’Brien that his physique tends toward the “soft” side — hit the gym.  (See video below)

At the very least, we know Pratt can get ripped, and that’s an essential attribute for anyone applying for a job as an intergalactic superhero.

– Amy Hubbard

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