Chris Pratt Calls His Blue-Collar America Remarks a ‘Pretty Stupid Thing to Say’
Chris Pratt has backtracked on his comments about middle America not being represented in movies, admitting his words were “pretty stupid.” The Guardians of the Galaxy star said in an interview with Men’s Fitness magazine last week that Hollywood has a problem adequately representing blue-collar Americans in movies.
“I don’t see personal stories that necessarily resonate with me, because they’re not my stories,” he said. “I think there’s room for me to tell mine, and probably an audience that would be hungry for them. The voice of the average, blue-collar American isn’t necessarily represented in Hollywood.” His comments were quickly pounced upon by Twitter users, who were quick to point out that not only are there plenty of movies about working-class white men, but there are more pressing representational issues to focus on. Pratt was also criticized for apparently being unaware of this year’s Oscar-nominated movies which highlighted the experience of working-class people, including Moonlight, Manchester By The Sea and Fences. Pratt, 37, later took to Twitter to backtrack on his controversial comments, writing, “That was actually a pretty stupid thing to say. I’ll own that. There’s a ton of movies about blue collar America.” The Jurassic World star was honored with a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday. His wife Anna Faris documented the day on social media, and attended the ceremony with their 4-year-old son, Jack. Visibly moved, the actor thanked “the people in my life who are gifts,” including his mother, brother Cully, sister Angie, and Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. He then turned to Faris and said, “I want to thank my wife Anna, I love you. You’ve given me so much. You gave me the greatest star in the galaxy in my little boy, I love him (Jack) and I love you.”