Not many Hollywood actors have seen the meteoric rise that Chris Pratt has in recent years. Best known for his iconic role as the lovable goof Andy Dwyer on 'Parks and Recreation,' this TV star achieved something that most of his colleagues fail to do - make it big on the silver screen.
After such mega-hits such as the Lego movies; and the Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World, and Avengers franchises, Pratt has become a household name - and a very lovable one at that.
"Still reeling from the #avengers premiere last night. The movie is SOOOOOO GOOOOD!!!! Loved it! Absolutely loved it. Couldn’t be more proud and honored to be part of this unprecedented cinematic event. I’m living the dream…”
Now the news has come down that Pratt is leaving that all behind to take on a much more important role, one that will bring him more love and adulation than all the others combined.
In a recent interview, the actor told Parade magazine that he is shifting his focus for awhile to spend time with his nearly-six-year-old son Jack (whose mother is actress Anna Faris) so he can take care of the important things necessary to raise the boy right.
“I’ve been on the road for 14 months – I did three movies back to back to back – so I’m taking six months off,” he told the magazine. “I’m taking Jack to Jack’s Beach – which is what we named the little stretch of beach on an island up on the San Juan Islands where we got a place.
"We’re going to go back to the fort we built about a month and a half ago when we went for a short visit and see if that’s still there. If not, we’re going to build it again.”
One of Pratt's outdoor adventures with son Jack was chopping down a gigantic Douglas fir. But before doing so, he stood with his son to pay tribute to the majesty of the 181-year-old marvel of nature.
“Jack and I share a moment of appreciation on the last day of this amazing tree’s life. Born in 1837 (the same year as ‘Wild Bill’ Hickok!!!) She lived through the civil war, both world wars, the San Juan Island Pig war and more.
“Mother Nature struck her down. Now this first generation Douglas Fir will be made into beloved pieces of art, mantles and a table from which my family will enjoy moments and meals for, God willing, many generations. I live for moments like these.” No one would have expected such deep thoughts from Andy Dwyer.
Loyal fans of Parks and Rec’ will appreciate Pratt’s nod to co-star Nick Offerman in this post to Instagram:
“Another extraordinary day at the farm!! Today we cut down this gorgeous old growth Douglas Fir. 181 years old!! She was struck by lightning and her top had begun to rot. So instead of becoming bug food she’ll be made into furniture for my house in LA!
"We used a chainsaw mill to cut 5” thick x 20’ long slabs which will be shipped to @nickofferman ‘s wood shop in LA where he will Ron Swanson the hell out of it and make me the dopest table in history fit for a family of Vikings!!!"
You gotta love this guy! We want to wish the best of luck to Chris Pratt and his son as they enjoy many, many father-son adventures together. And while we look forward to seeing Pratt on the big screen again soon, we will wait patiently knowing he is taking care of something that couldn't wait...raising his son!