One of the less glamorous jobs of any Hollywood star is the media tour that comes along with it. Hour after hour, day after day, of interviews, answering the same questions. It gets tiring, for sure. In preparation for the media blitz that will be part of the upcoming Jurassic World film Chris Pratt has one thing to say. He’s really sorry for whatever dumb thing he’s about to do.
On his Facebook page yesterday Pratt wrote a pre-apology for things he might say or do while on the junket. It’s a well timed joke as it comes on the heels of the Avengers: Age of Ultron press tour, which made headlines for all the wrong reasons. First, Robert Downey Jr walked out of an interview who insisted on discussing his personal history. Then Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans used some inflammatory language about the Black Widow character which got them in hot water with fans. Then Jeremy Renner did it again. Only Mark Ruffalo came out of that mess unscathed. The hectic schedule and incessant interviews took some of the blame for the actors doing things they would not otherwise have done. Except probably Downey, that interviewer was just a jerk.
The apology appears to cover all potential basis for anything he might do or say. It’s nice to know he was only trying to make the crew laugh. If these junkets are rough on the actors they must be brutal on the crew, the guys could use a laugh.
At the same time you have to wonder if there isn’t a bit of truth in this "pre-apology." Chris Pratt has gone from famous to World Famous over the course of the last year since the release of Guardians of the Galaxy and the fact is he’s not as practiced as others in dealing with this sort of attention. It has to be at least a little intimidating. Is he actually afraid he might say or do something upsetting while tired?
Probably not, Pratt’s been something close to perfect in public even with his whirlwind success. He visits sick kids in the hospital while dressed as Starlord for crying out loud. That should buy him some breathing room if he happens to accidentally say something terrible about his co-stars. The fact that his co-stars are a pack of CGI dinosaurs probably helps too.
Whatever happens, Pratt won’t have to too long to deal with the media. Jurassic World hits theaters June 12.