Chris Pratt had to put up with one ‘nightmare’ training habit while getting into shape to play Star-Lord in the Guardians of the Galaxy films.

Prior to his role as the spacefaring Marvel superhero, Pratt was best known for his role as the cheerful but rather schlubby Andy Dwyer in Parks and Recreation.

However, when he was cast as the lead in Guardians of the Galaxy, he needed to get in shape, and not just any shape, but movie star action hero shape.

You’ve surely heard how performers like Hugh Jackman and Henry Cavill go through punishing programs to play strong protagonists who get shirtless on screen, with the last touch being days of dehydration to tighten the skin before filming.

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In Pratt’s case, though, his personal nightmare throughout his fitness regime was over-hydration, since Marvel’s nutritionist made him forego the beer in favor of a daily dose of approximately two gallons of water.

Pratt lost 60 pounds in six months to get into shape for his role as Star-Lord, which is rather remarkable considering he was also on a 4,000-calorie-per-day diet.

The actor remarked at the time that drinking so much water meant he was ‘peeing all day long, every day,’ and that getting in shape for his role was a “nightmare.”

According to Vanity Fair, Pratt was first rejected as ‘completely unsuitable’ for the lead role in Guardians of the Galaxy after auditioning for Captain America, a role played by Chris Evans.

Pratt did get a screen test for Star-Lord, and Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn declared around 10 seconds into it, ‘he’s the guy,’ winning him the job.

After gaining weight to appear more’schlubby’ for Parks and Recreation, it was up to Pratt to hit the gym and get the kind of body that takes months of hard effort, rigorous diet, and supposedly two gallons of water every day.

When he returned to Parks and Recreation, his physical metamorphosis was explained as a result of his character abstaining from drinking for one month.

While Pratt has undergone significant transformations for his Marvel films, he is far from the most drastic.

Vincent D’Onofrio holds the record for gaining the highest weight for a role, putting on the pounds to play Private Pyle in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket.

He had to acquire 70 pounds for the role, which took him nine months to lose.

Tim Realbuto, on the other hand, lost 154 pounds to play an obese MS sufferer who takes up boxing in the film Bobcat Moretti, which required him to lose weight after filming several scenes.


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