Chris Pratt is in great shape, but he wasn’t always so confident about his body. In fact, there was a time when his weight gain left him feeling powerless and depressed.
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Opening up about his weight issues in the latest issue of Men’s Health, Pratt revealed how two years ago he hit a very low point.
“I was impotent, fatigued, emotionally depressed. I had real health issues that were affecting me in a major way,” the Guardians of the Galaxy actor told the magazine, via the Daily Mail. “It’s bad for your heart, your skin, your system, your spirit.”
Pratt also revealed he almost felt pressure to pack on the pounds because he was gaining popularity for his character, Andy Dwyer, on Parks and Recreation.
“I saw myself in an episode [of Parks and Recreation] and in the matter of two moments very close together, I thought, ‘Oh my God, I’m getting fat,” he said. “And then almost immediately I did something else and I thought, ‘Holy crap, I’ve never seen myself funnier.’ And I put the two together.”
It was only after he toned up for his role in the critically acclaimed film Zero Dark Thirty that he realized he wanted to remain in shape. Pratt now has new outlook on his life, and although his weight has fluctuated multiple times for the many roles that he’s been in, he insists he is “never going to be fat again.”
He confessed, “I’d gone back and forth, lost weight for Moneyball, got fat again, then trimmed down for Zero Dark Thirty, then gained it all back again for Andy. That’s when I saw Zero Dark Thirty and right after walking out I was like, “I’m going to get in shape and I’m never going to be fat again.”‘