“The truth is I ripped open some wounds that had been healing for some time,” Pratt told British GQ. “And I didn’t want to. But I knew it was right for the moment … 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.”
In the highly anticipated sequel to 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Pratt reprises his role as Peter Quill (a.k.a. Star-Lord). The new film will focus on Quill’s mysterious relationship with his father, played by Kurt Russell.
Pratt’s real life dad, Dan Pratt, suffered from multiple sclerosis for many years and died in 2014 while the actor was filming Jurassic World. “When we face the death of a parent, you sometimes feel regret that you didn’t fully embrace what you had,” he told the magazine of the loss.
At the time, the actor honored his father with a touching Instagram post. “Thanks Dad. Miss you man,” he wrote, along with a list of his dad’s fatherly accomplishments.
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Pratt spoke about his father’s death with GQ last year. “I knew, being the lead in the movie, that I was really responsible for everybody’s attitude,” he told the magazine. “So I 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.”
He described his father as “an old school kind of dad,” which he said was “actually a good thing.” He continued, “In his own way he let me know that he was proud of me. He didn’t really react in any way, one way or another, but he was definitely proud. If I was on TV, he watched everything I was in. So it felt like I was able to communicate with him through doing work that was on TV.”
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters on May 5, 2017.