Chris Pratt Opens Up About the Power of Brotherly Love
By Tess Farrand, Associate Content Editor
ONWARD actor Chris Pratt says the movie gave him a greater appreciation for his older brother, Cully. In fact, it was Cully who inspired Chris to take an interest in acting.
“My brother, for instance, always wanted to be an actor,” Chris said, “The first time I ever saw my mom cry was watching him do a play. He was a Pooh Bear in the first-grade Christmas play, and I was like ‘Wow, that’s amazing. Being an actor is awesome. I wanna be an actor.’”
Cully, though, ended up going in a different direction.
“He went in the army. He didn’t become an actor, but I became an actor,” said Chris.
“[ONWARD] really made me appreciate how my brother was with me ’cause he’s my whole life, he’s always only, and during my career, only ever been super encouraging and positive about what I’ve been able to do as an actor,” Chris said.
The two remain very close and have even worked together for causes close to their hearts.
Pratt said that he still looks up to his big brother and has since he was young.
“I would literally wear [my brother’s] clothes the day after he wore them and I’d pick them up off of his floor and put his clothes on because he had nice smelling cologne,” Chris said.
“[My brother] knew he had style, he knew how to match his clothes and stuff. I still don’t know how to do that.” Pratt said comically, “I [still] have no idea how to do that.”
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Chris’ brotherly love extends to the screen, as well. In ONWARD, Chris plays older brother Barley to Tom Holland’s Ian.
“[ONWARD] celebrates a love between a brother and between two brothers and their brotherhood,” said the Christian actor. “Oftentimes this isn’t something you see in movies. [Instead] what you see is the older brother who doesn’t let the younger brother hang out with him, who doesn’t take him to school, who says, ‘Get out of here, nerd. Get out of here, twerp.’”
Chris added, “[The] truth is [that] brothers [actually] love each other.”
Even though Chris and Holland worked together on two AVENGER movies, they got to switch up their dynamic for ONWARD.
“I’m the oldest brother of four and Chris is the youngest brother of two and a sister,” said Holland. “[In the movie] we kind of switched, so now I’m playing the younger brother [Ian] and he’s playing the older brother [Barely].”
As an older brother, Holland says he has lots of opportunities to teach his younger siblings.
“[I think I’ve taught them] how to be gracious losers when they lose at golf. Maybe that’s what I’ve taught them because I’m a terrible loser,” he said comically.
The fantastical tale of ONWARD releases in theaters on March 6, 2020. For the full list of cautions, read the full review of ONWARD.
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