"If I go out and want to do normal things, I have to be comfortable disappointing people," Chris Pratt told Cigar Aficionado
Chris Pratt likes to live in the moment, even if that means disappointing a few fans.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 star recently sat down with Cigar Aficionado magazine, where he opened up about everything from fan photo opportunities to his biggest diva habits to rubbing shoulders with the likes of Jim Carrey and Barbra Streisand.
While he enjoys interacting with his fans, the former Parks and Recreation actor said there’s a limit to his patience when it comes to taking selfies. “I’ve always been a pretty deferential, go-with-the-flow guy. But now I have to be economical with my time,” he said.
“If I go out and want to do normal things, I have to be comfortable disappointing people. So I just don’t take pictures with people. Because that’s not about enjoying the moment; it’s about stealing the moment to brag about later,” Pratt explained.
Now, when he’s asked to take a picture in public, he responds, “‘Would you settle for a handshake?’ And then they take the picture anyway.”
Pratt also revealed he’s opened himself up to some diva-ish behavior since becoming a movie star — like smoking the occasional cigar on set.
“The Brits are so polite. There I am, smoking these little cigars on the set and it is, in fact, illegal,” he said. “But they were so reluctant to finally say, ‘I’m very sorry, but I’m afraid it’s against the law.’ And I said, ‘No, no, that’s cool — just tell me when the cops come.’ “
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He added, “Hey, I show up on time, I know my stuff. It’s like, my one diva thing.”
However, his Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director, James Gunn, disputed this claim: “I’ve worked with diva actors. He’s no diva.”
He might not be a diva, but Pratt is soaking up his newfound megastardom.
“There was this moment when I was at a party and Barbra Streisand and Jim Carrey both came up to me to tell me they loved what I’d done,” he remembered.
“Streisand asked me, ‘How does it feel? You’re this year’s big thing,’ ” he revealed. “Jim Carrey told me the same thing. That was when those people stopped being my icons and became my peers.”
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters May 5.