Chris Pratt might be the most low-key guy around. So it was a surprise to see Andy Dwyer from Parks and Recreation putting out this super-cut photo on Instagram seven months ago.
Surprise for two reasons: First, because the dude was seriously cut for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. Second because Pratt doesn't seem like the kind of guy who'd put out a pouting selfie.
"It is embarrassing to put that out there," Pratt tells USA TODAY. "It's like someone walking into a room and catching you looking at yourself in the mirror. But it got a great reaction."
The voice behind Emmet in The Lego Movie has to admit putting these images out there gets results and helps remind people he is not always good old Andy Dwyer. Sometimes even the heads of major studios notice.
For example, Pratt played a Navy SEAL in Zero Dark Thirty and got himself into supremely great shape. But he wore long sleeves throughout the whole movie so no one got to see the results. His older brother Cully told him he should show off a picture of his cut self on the The Ellen show.
"So it was a very similar douchey photo that I showed on Ellen," says Pratt. Beyond the applause and publicity, it paid real dividends later.
Pratt shot his 6'2" frame up to nearly 300 pounds to play the pudgy best friend to Vince Vaughn on The Delivery Man. He still weighed 285 pounds when he started meeting Marvel honcho Kevin Feige to talk about playing the heroic part on Guardians.
Feige didn't need his imagination to see Pratt getting into shape. He had the Ellen picture proof.
"That's the picture that Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel, pulled out when he was sitting next to me," says Pratt. "He said that I had done a great audition, but that I was too fat. He asked me, 'Can you get like this in six months. Can you do it again?' "
"So my brother made me do it, and he was right."
The Instagram shot is proof that he did achieve the Feige goal, and it's a signal to anyone else who needs a superhero - Pratt can lose the fat.
Even though Pratt is a far more prolific Twitter participant (397K followers), he knows he can always go Instagram.
"It does serve its purpose," says Pratt. "But it is kind of embarrassing."