Back when he was playing the doofy but lovable Andy Dwyer on “Parks and Recreation,” few would have thought Chris Pratt would break out as an action star, but he’s doing just that. The first hint was a small role as a Navy SEAL in the Oscar-winning “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012). Two years later he got all shredded up to play the wisecracking Peter Quill in the 2014 Marvel hit “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
This week, Pratt will be premiering in the starring role of the Jurrasic Park franchise reboot/sequel “Jurassic World” as park staff member and trainer of a group of Velociraptors. That’s right, Pratt’s training raptors. From publicity stills and trailers, it looks like Pratt spends a lot of time with a gun in his hands for this movie. In real life, he’s an avid hunter and shooter, as revealed in this Breitbart.com story.
Apparently, Pratt’s “Parks and Rec” co-star, Rob Lowe, said, “Chris is the only guy in Hollywood who will unabashedly show you his hunting pictures.”
Pratt told the UK’s The Independent he has “a great deal of respect for the animals that I kill” but that he also feels “remorse and all of the emotions that come with it.”
Elle magazine described Pratt as a “gun toting” Hollywood star:
“Pratt happens to know his way around a gun—he has some 40 of them in his collection, having grown up in various necks of the woods where hunting is kosher. He still eats what he shoots, from birds to big game, the latter defined as ‘something you’d fill your freezer with.'”
The Breitbart story goes on to say: “Pratt owns the same gun his character Owen Grady uses in Jurrassic World. It is ‘A 1895 Savage Arms 45-70.'”
Not sure who got their wires crossed, but the Savage 1895 was the precursor to the 1899 Savage lever action rifle, but only about 5,000 were made, and none of them look anything like the rifle Pratt carries in Jurassic World, which is in all likelihood a Marlin Model 1895SBL with a scope, which is, indeed chambered in 45-70 Govt.
Here it is with just a top rail:
And at the top of the post, you can see him with the rifle in a publicity still, and here:
Regardless, Pratt is one of the more awesome young stars in Hollywood for this, and he’s going to be making his mark on another well-known title in American cinema with a remake of The Magnificent Seven (1960), set to premier in 2017. We don’t yet know who’s playing whom, but Pratt is joined by castmembers Vincent D’Onofrio, Denzel Washington, Matt Bomer, Ethan Hawke, and Peter Sarsgaard, among others. If it’s anything like the original, Pratt will get a lot of trigger time.