Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World star Chris Pratt explains why he no longer wants people to call him “Chris,” preferring a shorter nickname.
Whether he is known best as the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy or Velociraptor trainer Owen Grady in the Jurassic World trilogy, actor Chris Pratt is making an odd request: Everyone should stop calling him “Chris.”
During an interview on SiriusXM’s Pop Culture Spotlight With Jessica ShawPratt spoke about his unique affiliation with the Hollywood Chris Club (HCC). The group consists of Pratt, his fellow MCU actors Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth and an additional seat for Star Trek‘s Chris Pine. When asked what name he normally goes by, Pratt explains how his friends and colleagues on film productions never refer to him by his common first name. “Yep. Pratt. CP. You know, CP. ‘Hey, CP,'” said Pratt. “But no one calls me Chris. My friend, Chad. I went golfing with my friend, Chad, my pastor the other day and he was like, ‘No one calls you Chris? I’m gonna call you Chris. Alright, Chris. You’re up.’ And I was like, ‘No, it feels weird. It’s not my name. Don’t call me Chris.'”
Of all the actors named “Chris” in the HCC, the Guardians of the Galaxy star shares the closest on-screen friendship with Hemsworthwhose Mighty Thor was first paired with Star-Lord in Avengers: Infinity War. The duo share the screen once more in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunderan experience Pratt raved about. “He is like Thor in real life,” said Pratt. “He’s the sweetest dude. Super-funny. Works so hard. It was great. I loved every minute of shooting [Thor: Love and Thunder]. I’m so grateful that they brought us along.”
Pratt has come a long way in his career since the days of botching his auditions for blockbusters such as Avatar and 2009’s Star Trek. The actor rides high on the massive worldwide success of Jurassic World: Dominion and will be seen headlining Amazon Studios’ action series, The Terminal List. Pratt just wrapped production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 which will be director James Gunn’s final outing with the MCU franchise. He will also play the voice of another pop culture icon as Mario in the animated Super Mario Bros. movie.
The Terminal List will begin streaming on Amazon on July 1. Pratt’s next MCU appearance as Star-Lord will be in Thor: Love and Thunderwhich opens in theaters on July 8.