I have a plan.
You’ve got a plan.
I have part of a plan.
My brother and I both were going to be a stunt man team and we would throw each other down the stairs to practice.
I’d walk around and be like, “Hi, I’m from Meineke, “here you go, four oil changes $20, pretty great, right? “Cash, check or credit card today. “And we’ll take that, no, okay. ” You, too, sir.
He’s an American actor and one of my personal favorites.
He achieved leading man status as starring in the Lego Movie and Guardians of the Galaxy.
In 2015, he was named by Time Magazine, one of the top 100 most influential people in the world.
Chris: All right, so I’m just going to meditate for 20 minutes and then we’ll get this going.
He’s Chris Pratt and here’s our take on his top ten rules for success.
Rule number two is our personal favorite and we would love to know what really hit a home run for you and make sure to stick around until the end to hear my special message to Chris Pratt.
Rule #1: Have Goal
Chris: I have a plan.
Rocket Raccoon: You’ve got a plan?
Chris: I have part of a plan.
Drax the Destroyer: And what percentage of a plan?
Chris: I don’t, 12%.
Rocket Raccoon: 12%?
Chris: That’s a fake laugh.
Rocket Raccoon: It’s real.
Chris: Totally fake.
Rocket Raccoon: That is the most real authentic hysterical laugh of my entire life because that is not a plan.
Groot: I am groomed.
Rocket Raccoon: So what it’s better than 11%? What the hell does that have to do with anything?
Chris: Thank you. Groop’s the only one of you who has a clue.
You come to Hollywood and you’re chasing this dream. You want to be an actor, you know? Like there’s not a ton of milestones that are crystal clear that you know what they look like because for the most part, the things that are going to help you get to your goal are movies that haven’t been written yet, they’re jobs that haven’t existed yet.
You’re kind of giving yourself over to this thing, saying like, please, I don’t want to be a waiter anymore, I want to be an actor, you know?
And so there’s very few things that are crystal clear like images of what you would want, but one of them is to work with an icon, to work with somebody like a Steven Spielberg and so that to me was one of, you know, my goals.
You wouldn’t even want to say it out loud because it would be so ridiculous, right? What do you want to do kid? Well, I want to work with Steven Spielberg. They’d be like, nah, I don’t know.
Rule #2: Be A Sponge
Some jobs you learn by going to college and they give you an education, then you bring that to your work and then some jobs you learn by just being on the job and from Cursed Part 3, on all the way up to Jurassic World, my knowledge of how to be on a set, how to act and how to handle myself on set and approach work is continuing to grow.
I’ve learned a lot on every job. It would be smart if you went on a job and be a sponge. Pick somebody and learn from it. I’m getting to the point now where I have more experience than a lot of the people that are on the set and I’m actually at a point where I can teach other people, so that’s pretty cool.
“I’ve learned a lot on every job. It would be smart if you went on a job and be a sponge.” – Chris Pratt
Rule #3: Be Confident
This is what’s kind of so daunting and slash exciting about becoming part of the Marvel cinematic universes. I can actually see really compelling stories between Quill and any one few the Avengers. I could see, I mean, I don’t know if you’re listening Marvel, but I’m thinking maybe 12 to 13 more. Maybe one of each.
I think Quill would have a really fun time with Black Widow. I think it would be awesome for me personally as an actor to act opposite Robert Downey, Jr., obviously. I think that would be really fun. Chris Evans is a good friend of mine. I think it would be a kick in the ass to be on set with him.
And, you know, God I could kind of see me working with any one of those guys and it getting me really excited and honestly, I think I will likely get to over the next like decade. I mean, this movie that we made I think is so good, I think they’re going to make a lot more. I feel confident about it and I think I’m going to get to work with all those guys. This is pretty cool.
This is totally, this is completely true that the other day Chris and I had a drive where we had to drive together for about two hours and during this drive, Chris spent the entire time trying to convince me to allow Star Lord to shoot Tony Stark in the face and kill him.
And he really, he’s like, it’ll be great, in the first nine minutes of the movie, he’ll kill Tony Stark. Nobody will see it coming. Marvel’s let us do a lot of crazy things, but I’m not sure they’re going to let us shoot and kill Tony Stark.
I just think we have to do something shocking. Eventually, you can’t pay someone that much to do movies anymore and if he’s going to go, I want it to be because, you know, he tried to hook up with Gamora and Quill got pissed about it or something. I don’t know, maybe not.
Look, they would never hire me to write one of these movies. I just sit around in a trailer and then show up on set and stand on the X and say James’ words, but if it was up to me, I’d kill them all, man.
Rule #4: Love What You Do
Interviewer: You are a stunt man at heart?
Yeah, that’s what I wanted to be when I grew up when I was a kid, I wanted to be a stunt man. And my brother and I both were going to be a stunt man team and we would throw each other down the stairs to practice and never get injured.
We would just like fall out of trees and hit each other with the car or fall off a bike or do like cool stunts. The fact that I get to do some stunts, I shouldn’t say that do all my stunts.
I have Joe Bacarro, who is an excellent stunt man and we have an excellent stunt crew that works really hard on our show, but when they write something physical and like a physical comedy bit, I’ll usually try one or two on my own to do and that’s really fun.
Rule #5: Think Big
What I think is so cool about the Guardians of the Galaxy is it opens up the universe. So like instead of like taking these new things and bringing them right back to the stories we already know, I think it’s like open it up, like see what other corners of the galaxy we can discover.
Bring in characters, you know, bring in characters that were from some of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Explore Yondu, explore the origins more of these characters. And if it is Thanos, explore the infinity gauntlet, like how many of these infinity stones is he going to get. And then who does that open up? The universe expands, you know?
And looking out on it, we want to take these characters and bring them on to the Avengers and want to like have them be all in the same movie together. It’s like, no, that. Make a hundred movies. If they end up crossing over, great.
Rule #6: Chase Your Dreams
Chris: I lived in Maui.
Ellen: But you didn’t live in a fancy way.
Chris: Yeah, I lived in a van in Maui for about a year when I was 19.
Ellen: Yeah, that van, right there.
Chris: Is that the van? Wow.
Ellen: Would that be you in the van?
Chris: That’s me and that’s literally the script that got me out of Maui. That script is for Cursed Part 3, the movie that I got paid $700 to do that
Chris: I know, I was like score. I lived in a van. I was like yeah! To act, okay, woo hoo. That $700 lasted me one year.
Ellen: I bet if they didn’t know you lived in a van you would have gotten more money. We can give him $400, he’ll take it. So then you went back to shoot this movie, Jurassic World, how cool is that to go back and shoot a giant big blockbuster when you lived in a van?
Chris: It’s so, so surreal and one of those weird full circle things that happens in life. Like when I was there, I mean I was having the time of my life at 19 years old, just like, living in a car with my friend.
Ellen: Oh, there was another guy in there with you?
Chris: Yeah, I had a roommate.
Chris: So, it wasn’t lonely, it was pretty awesome because there were two of us.
Rule #7: Be Your Self
Audience Member: What attracted you to the character of Star Lord?
You know, for me what I got really excited about was that this was an earthling. This was kid who was nine years old, just like me in 1988. I was nine years old and so was he.
So you got to think, this is a kid who saw Star Wars. This is a kid who saw Indiana Jones and saw Back to the Future and Footloose and all the movies that I loved when I was a kid, so if he gets, if it were me and I was him and something tragic happened and then immediately afterwards I was transported to space and essentially given a spaceship and an opportunity to become whoever the hell I wanted to be and it was based on this ideology that’s built on 80s pop icons, I would be exactly who Peter Quill is in space and I would try to create Star Lord and I would want everyone to call me Star Lord and no one would and it would be like little hints of all these wonderful heroes from the movies that I watched as a kid.
So that got me really excited. It got me excited that I could kind of just play. I could kind of be, just really approaching it from an acting standpoint, try to ground this thing in some reality. I mean we’re out in space, it’s so fantastical and such a fantasy, but you know, how would it really be?
You have to sort of approach these things as trying to thread your own reality into it and so that’s what got me so excited is like this guy is me. It’s me, man. That’s what got me, thank God, because if I have to act, it’s going to, I’m going to blow it.
Movie Character: Drop it.
Chris: Uh, hey.
Movie Character: Drop it now.
Chris: Hey, cool man, no problem, no problem at all.
Movie Character: How do you know about this?
Chris: I don’t even know what that is. I’m just a junker, man. Just checking something out.
Movie Character: You don’t look like a junker. You’re wearing raveger garb.
Chris: It’s just an outfit, man, and Ninja Turtle, you better stop poking me.
Movie Character: What is your name?
Chris: My name is Peter Quill, okay? Dude, chill out.
Movie Character: Move.
Movie Character: Woman may have cushix for you.
Chris: Hey, you know, what? There’s another name you might know me by? Star Lord.
Movie Character: Who?
Chris: I’m Star Lord, man. Legendary outlaw. Guys?
Movie Character: Move.
Chris: Forget this.
Rule #8: Have A Thick Skin
When I was 18 or 17, I graduated high school and I moved out and became a door to door salesman.
Interview: Selling Kirby vacuum cleaners?
No, selling much lower priced items, coupons, for businesses in the service industry. For oil changes for $20, three or four trips to a day spa for $35.
Interview: A packet.
No, it was just one coupon. I’d walk around and be like, “Hi, I’m from Meineke. “Here you go. “Four oil changes $20. “Pretty great, right? “Cash, check or credit card today? “And we’ll, take that, no okay, you too, sir.” As long as you don’t sick your dog on me.
Interview: A couple of doors slammed in your face?
Oh, God, yeah. Well, I did the job for about a year and a half, got really good at it, was salesman for the year for the company.
Interview: Shut the f*ck up.
And got a free trip to Jamaica.
Yeah, I became a manager within six weeks. I had a crew. I was the perfect mixture of enthusiasm.
Interview: And size.
And naivety. To answer an ad that says do you like rock and roll music? Do you want to make money? I was like holy yes, I do. So what’s this rock music. Okay, you’re selling coupons, sweet. No, no, they don’t sell coupons. We’re in advertising. So anyways, I opened my own business in Colorado when I was 19 and just lost my ass. Point being, high turnover rate in Seattle.
Interview: Wait a minute. We went from door to door year and a half.
Year and a half.
Interview: Trip to Jamaica.
Trip to Jamaica.
Interview: How did we get to Colorado?
The whole point is if you do well, one day you could have your own office.
Interview: Oh, we’d like you to run the office in Colorado.
Yes, which I did, but failed miserably. They put a lien on my minivan, pretty bad. But backing up to how I got interested in comedy, there was a really high turnover rate in Seattle, it’s like one or two new guys a week would end up quitting by the end of the week.
A lot of the money you make is just from them like selling three or four and leaving because it’s thejob anybody’s ever done.
It’s great prep for being an actor in terms of lying, walking into a room, feeling comfortable and having thick skin.
Interview: Wow, thick skin for sure to face all that rejection.
People now are like, God, I just can’t handle all the rejections and I’m like you dude. They invite you there for an audition. You’re not like sneaking in some side door to try to sell something for, you know, anyway. You can tell me I’m as fat as you want, you can tell me anything you want and it’s not going to hurt my feelings. I’ve got really thick skin from being a door to door salesman.
Rule #9: Stay Consistent
Interviewer: Can we just talk about the workout regimen? I’m very curious to know what you were doing, what you were eating.
Interviewer: Yes. Was it just like turkey patties or chicken or what?
That’s it, I only ate turkey.
I’d just eat turkey every day with gravy. No, it was really, what I should do is I should write the whole thing down and give it to people because it took a long time. There wasn’t any trick to it or any secret to it. It’s just a matter of getting after it. That’s the problem is being want to know what the secret is. The secret is you can’t do it in a month.
“A little consistency and time is going to go by just as fast whether you’re doing it or not” – Chris Pratt
Interviewer: Thank you. I like that, though.
It takes eight months and or a year or a lifetime of consistency, working out every single day and eating properly and truly feeding yourself, not starving yourself, but giving yourself proper nutrition to heal. You have to turn off all the crap you’ve put in your body and then you have to replace it with really good food and fuel and it takes a long time, but really eight months is not that long. I mean what were you doing in May?
Interviewer: Yeah, exactly, that was yesterday, right.
When you’re looking back, eight months goes by really quickly. When you’re looking forward, it seems like, it’s crazy, it’s a long prospect. Even eight hours seems like it can be a lifetime. But it just takes a little consistency and time is going to go by just as fast whether you’re doing it or not so who do you want to be eight months from now?
Interviewer: Word to that.
You want to be in good shape, then get on it today.
Rule #10: Have Fun
And this is us.
Interviewer: Let’s talk about this. Your physicality here.
Is there anything to say?
Woman: Flex, flex, come on, flex it.
Interviewer: I mean everybody’s been talking about that for the last year.
What have they been saying Matthew?
Interviewer: They’ve been saying all kinds of good stuff.
Interviewer: Here’s the thing. Do you enjoy this attention, are you sick of it yet?
Dave: No, he hates attention.
I hate attention. It’s so hard.
Ellen: You actually have something in common with Channing.
Just one thing? Well, yes, well recently.
Ellen: This is true.
It is true. It’s true, but it’s sort of, it’s not really true. It’s true. When I was a kid, I was in a small town, I was a stripper for a little while, for a little while. No, no, no. It was very low rent. I was like the very, very low rent Magic Mike.
Ellen: How much would you make?
Oh, $40 a pop. I did it three times, that’s why.
Nowadays everybody want to talk, but they got something to say but nothing comes out when they move their lips, just a bunch of gibberish. Forget that fact that they forgot about Dre. So what do you say to somebody you hate, what? Anyone trying One day I was walking by strangling him off in the parking lot.
My head weighs upwards of 85 pounds. I was a 16-pound baby. My mom carried me to full term plus eight months. I was born at 17 month with a full head of hair, a full head of teeth.
Interviewer: Can you also show me your GQ pose? What does it look like? That’s not what your cover looked like.
It was like this.
Interviewer: It really wasn’t. It was a little not as loony as that.
I was doing this thing I call staring into middle space.
Interviewer: Oh, is that how you guys get that look?
Yeah, it’s like right here.
Interviewer: Right where?
Right here. You can’t see it. No big deal.
Interviewer: People’s sexiest man alive, 2015. Is that what you think?
Woman: Oh, my God, he’s my sexiest man alive, for sure.
Interviewer: Don’t be modest.
Oh, don’t be modest?
Interviewer: I deserve it dad gum it.
If anyone deserves it.
Interviewer: It is I.
No, yes, it is you.
Interviewer: Are you saying I look like a man?
No, I think, it’s now is time. It’s finally time that they crown a woman as sexiest man.
Interviewer: Your favorite animal?
That’s a tough one, it changes day to day. I would say a tiger.
Interviewer: Oh, okay. Favorite vegetable.
Interviewer: Well, you’re not actually inside the body of a raccoon.
Not this time.
Interviewer: Nor are you inside a tree.
Interviewer: I have been inside of both.
Interviewer: What is your beauty regimen when you are voice acting?
Oh, it’s the same as my regular regimen, which is a high sodium diet, a lot of salt and soy sauce on everything. Also a lot of salt and soy sauce on my face in the morning.
Interviewer: Just blow it up.
I think it’s important to have my eyes be as close together as possible because deep down inside everyone wants the cyclops vision. So if I can fatten the rest of my face.
Interviewer: Your eyes.
It brings the eyes closer together for that thing that everyone’s just naturally drawn to. So I fatten the face up with a lot of beer, and empty carbs after midnight as much as I can. The trainer was like if you’re going to do beer and empty carbs, limit it to 12 beers and make sure you do it after midnight.
Interviewer: You’re outlaw name in the film is Star Lord. Okay, so in real life if you had to pick a name to represent you as an outlaw in outer space, what would you pick?
The boner doctor.
Interviewer: Hey, now.
First thing that came to mind.
Interviewer: To you help the boners?
Full service. A boner for hire. I also can, I can lend my medical expertise to your boner should be able to pay the price.
Interviewer: The doctor is in people.
I did bachelorette parties in my home town. My friend’s grandma had me.
Ellen: You’d show up like a cop or something like that?
No, I couldn’t afford a cop outfit on my budget. I would just wear, I wasn’t good. I would just like slowly awkwardly dance and then I would go down to my shorts and they’d be like, no. It wasn’t ever crazy. Here’s your 40 bucks, we said 40, here you go, there you go. So it’s not like, it was not sexy.
I got it.
Oh, yeah, I also got some dude’s briefcase.
Man: We believed in you, buddy, but you should put that back.
Female: How did you get this?
Fucking hilarious. That’s not something that props can fix. I’m out. I don’t give a who’s talking or not in a two car garage, walking out with two broken legs, try to walk it off. Well you too, bitch, call the cops. I’m a kill you when them loud ass barking dogs and when the dogs came out me and Dre stood next to a burned down house with a can full of gas and a hand full to matches. They still weren’t found out, right here, so from here on out it’s a chronic, too. Start today, tomorrow’s a new and I’m still loco enough to choke you to death with a tall thin tool, slim shady. A set of twin babies, in a Mercedes Benz with the windows up to the ten pros up to the mid 80s. I calling them ladies, side dock, but I been crazy. It’s okay.
Interviewer: Can you do any good impressions?
Um, sort of. Oh, there’s this show in London called Towey. It’s kind of like the Jersey Shore of England I think and so I can do an impression of some of those people.
Female: Will you?
Yeah, it’s like, I’m want to say it was like Michael, like. Like what happened? Like did Lance cheat on me when he was in the beat because like seriously, he’s like before he left, before he left, he was like, all like whatever, oh, like I’m with you or whatever. I’m like homesick. I’m like homesick. What you mean your mother?
Female: Chris Pratt.
Aleks: Hey, here we go. Okay, I’m real excited. We’re going to be sending a special message to Chris Pratt. Here it is. Man, I love following you in SnapChat. You’re real inspirational, just the fact that you’re so down to earth.
Your snaps are weird and they’re funny. I love a lot of your movies and TV shows that you’ve done I’ve watched. Whether it’s Park and Recreations, whether it’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
I can’t wait for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 to come out and I think the reason that I follow you is because you’re a super hard worker, but at the same time as much fame as you have, you’re just as relatable as anyone else and that’s something I really find endearing and I try to pass on in my classes as an instructor here for dance.
Side note, if you ever want to learn salsa, you’re in Toronto, you’re welcome to drop by our school, Toronto Dance Salsa. I would love to give you a private lession with you and your wife.
Hey, Chris, it would make my year if you could send me just a quick hey Aleks on SnapChat. You just have to make sure to say it right, it’s Aleks with a KS, not an X. You pronounce it the same way, just make sure to remember it’s a KS.
The reason it would make my year is because I think of you as a really humble guy and a guy who’s hardworking and when I’m teaching class, no matter how good I get at whatever I do, I always try to be relatable to people and just getting that message from you is going to motivate me to continue to stay connected to my followers, the students and the people who follow me on SnapChat to make it an awesome experience for them, like I’ve been watching you and you’ve made for me.
So I would really love to do that. You’re going to see a Snap Code somewhere around me at some point. I hope to hear a good shout out from you and continue to believe.
Evan: So thank you guys so much for watching. I made this video because Annie, Margaret and Aleks asked me to, so if there’s a famous entrepreneur that you want me to profile next, please leave it down in the comments below and I’ll see what I can do.
I’d also love to know what did Chris say that really inspired you or made you think? What was your favorite rule? Please leave it in the comments below and I’m going to join in the discussion and if anybody has any kind of connection to Chris, I know, I know, I know it would really be special and meaningful to Aleks if you could forward it on to him so he can see it.
That’s it for me today. Thank you guys so much for watching. I believe in you. I hope you continue to believe in yourself and whatever your one word is. Much love, I’ll see you soon.
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