“It’s really more just about collecting things,” Chris Pratt tells GQ’s Drew Magary of his cache of arms. Pratt owns a lot of guns and likes to hunt, and as Magary learns firsthand, he is an excellent shot. This makes him a favorite famous face amongst the more conservative types – they find it refreshing to see a second amendment advocate being given the time of day amongst the traditionally left-wing Hollywood elite. The representation of responsible gun owners has spurred more people to look into acquiring firearms and becoming law-abiding gun owners too, driving more people on to check out things like the conceal carry laws in their state. You can check these details out for yourself here – https://gunlawsuits.org/gun-laws/texas/concealed-carry/. Pratt says he particularly loves to hunt coyotes, which he shoots, skins, and tans by hand. “Coyotes are assholes, and they’ll eat your dog,” he explains. “I do a lot of predator hunting, farm varmints, out in Wyoming. Oh, my God. Get a farmer that’s just got too many and he’s like, ‘kill as many as you want.'” Sometimes, Pratt tells Magary, he cleans coyote skins with his own urine.
Pratt is featured in the magazine’s annual Men of the Year issue, honoring the biggest superstars who have undeniably left their mark in 2014. Pratt covers the issue along with Dave Chappelle, Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Steve Carell, and Michael Sam.
Pratt says he is ready to move on from the hit show Parks and Recreation. This will be its last season, and Pratt thinks it should be. “I think there’s a collective feeling that people are creatively spent. You kind of run out of ideas.” He reveals that what he really wants to do is direct. “I’m always biting my tongue,” he says. “When I’m on set, I kind of wish I could just tell everybody what to do. If I could tell everybody what to do, it would be great, and it would be done faster. And so that’s what I’m working toward. I want control. I want control over something.”
Pratt starred this year in Guardians of the Galaxy, one of the highest-grossing movies of 2014. He didn’t see his weight as a problem when everyone thought he was too fat for his role. “You can make a talking raccoon that looks real,” he says. “Why can’t I just be fat?” But he lost weight and got ripped anyway, because he likes the challenge of it. He says Fat Pratt is gone for good: “I’m done with that.”
Pratt recalls that Mickey Rourke once shushed Pratt’s son, Jack, on an airplane during a long trip when Pratt’s wife, Anna Faris, was trying desperately to calm the baby down. “Like SHHHH! Like he’s the baby whisperer. Like he’s gonna get the baby to stop crying when the baby’s mother can’t, just by aggressively shushing the baby. Motherfucker. I was like, ‘Damn, the fuckin’ Wrestler shushed my baby.'”
The December issue of GQ will be available on newsstands in New York and Los Angeles on November 18 and nationally November 25. Photo credit: Ben Watts/GQ