‘Guardians of the Galaxy': Chris Pratt plays interstellar tour guide [video]

Aug. 05, 2014 | 4:38 p.m.
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Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), left, Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), Rocket Racoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) and Gamora (Zoe Saldana) in "Guardians of the Galaxy." (Marvel)

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The Collector/Tanaleer Tivan, played by a white-haired Benicio Del Toro in "Guardians of the Galaxy." (Marvel)

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The fan-favorite character Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) in "Guardians of the Galaxy." (Marvel)

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Rocket Racoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) in "Guardians of the Galaxy." (Marvel)

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Gamora (Zoe Saldana), left, Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel). (Marvel)

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Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) in a scene from "Guardians of the Galaxy." (Jay Maidment / Marvel)

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Gamora (Zoe Saldana), left, Rocket Racoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista). (Marvel)

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Actor Chris Pratt photographed at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills hotel in March. Pratt plays a charming trouble-maker in Marvel's new space action comedy "Guardians of the Galaxy." (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times).

Want to know what it would be like to take a ride in Peter Quill’s spaceship, the Milano?

Well now you can, courtesy of a new clip that sees “Guardians of the Galaxy” star Chris Pratt offer a guided tour of the vessel, which of course is piloted by his Marvel alter ego, the troublemaker better known to some corners of the universe as Star-Lord.

With its wild menagerie of creatures and interstellar locales, “Guardians” dazzled moviegoers in its opening weekend, raking in more than $94 million at the box office to become the latest in a string of outsized hits for Marvel Studios. Directed by James Gunn and rooted in a 2008 comic book series written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, the $170-million film is the first installment in a new franchise; “Guardians 2″ is set to arrive in theaters July 28, 2017.

Pratt’s Quill is the central member of “Guardians'” five-person team, which also includes Zoe Saldana’s green assassin, Gamora; Dave Bautista’s vengeful Drax the Destroyer; Rocket, a machine-gun-wielding raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper; and his pal, Groot, a sentient tree voiced by Vin Diesel.

In an interview with Hero Complex before the movie was released, Pratt said he was “proud as hell” of the film, and felt that much of its success owed to its unique mix of comedy and drama.

“I think a lot of people will attempt to do this once this movie comes out and it’s not going to be as easy as it seems,” Pratt said. “For us, it was treat the comedy with respect, do comedy that’s good. With the drama, it was get to those moments and make them big. Commit to them.”

Apart from any acting challenges, the role was one that required a huge physical commitment for Pratt, who had made a name for himself largely playing loveable, and chubby, losers such as Andy Dwyer on the NBC comedy “Parks and Recreation.” To transform into Peter Quill, he changed his diet, quit drinking and would work out for hours in his home gym, listening to some of the songs featured in the movie — including Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling.” (He famously tweeted a shirtless selfie to show off the results.)

In the end, though, the affable actor said the exertion was worth it.

“I cried after the very first scene when the Marvel logo came on and the music started playing, I got moved to tears,” Pratt said, thinking back to the first time he watched the finished film. “When I was a kid and I saw ‘Star Wars,’ I didn’t know I was going to grow up to be an actor, I just went in the backyard and pretended to be Luke Skywalker and Han Solo and was playing with my imaginary light sabers.

“It’s pretty crazy to think that kids are going to be pretending to be Rocket Raccoon and Star-Lord in their backyard. That’s pretty cool.”

– Gina McIntyre| @LATherocomplex

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