Chris Pratt has become one of the most likable celebrities in recent years, partially thanks to the fun and frank ways he has shared the experiences of his bigger budget movies with fans. A short time ago, he had a brief misstep when he shared in an interview that "the average, blue-collar American" isn't really represented in the movies he sees in theaters most of the time. This weekend, the actor apologized for his comment after taking some flack from fans and criticizers online. Here's what Chris Pratt had to say:
Speaking out on Twitter, Chris Pratt reflected that this month's Men's Fitness comments were probably not the sharpest thing he ever said. After the comments were published in the magazine, which hit shelves this past Friday, people took to social media and various news outlets to remind Pratt that movies from Roadhouse to Magic Mike--whose protagonist is a carpenter when not stripping--and even recent releases like Manchester by the Sea have all featured blue collar workers as protagonists. We live in an age where diversity in Hollywood is a constantly talked about thing, which likely made Chris Pratt's comments stand out.
If you didn't catch Chris Pratt's original comment, you can check it out, below.
Pratt's been in a lot of fantastical movies lately, including the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Jurassic World 2, so maybe what he needs is like a Clint Eastwood everyman film to balance these amazing and out-there premises out. In the interview, Pratt also discussed feeling like he's a personality who can get along and share a beer with just about anyone, so his feelings related to the dearth of blue collar films he has perceived weren't intending to offend.
Still, he does say now that his original comment may have been a bit short-sighted. If you'd like to see the actor definitely not play a blue collar everyman on Earth, you can see him in space when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters on Friday, May 5. Here's what we know about the film in question.
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