Chris Pratt’s father, Dan, passed away in 2014 after years of suffering from multiple sclerosis. His son was in New Orleans filming Jurassic World at the time, and rather than process what happened, Pratt told GQ that he “compartmentalized it all and dealt with it in my own way, but not openly for people to see. I got pretty angry and got drunk and almost got in a fight with a drug dealer outside of my hotel room.” Two years later, while working on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 — in which Pratt’s character, Star-Lord, searches for his father, played by Kurt Russell — he finally came to terms with his dad’s death.
“The truth is I ripped open some wounds that had been healing for some time. And I didn’t want to. But I knew it was right for the moment,” Pratt said in an interview with British GQ. “There are wounds that are never going to be totally healed. It would probably make for a better story if it was some emotional thing that I hadn’t dealt with… When we face the death of a parent, you sometimes feel regret that you didn’t fully embrace what you had.”
Pratt’s advice for any future and current parents: play outside, teach your children to fish, take lots of pictures, and listen to Blue Swede.
(Via GQ UK)