8 Chris Pratt Roles You Missed Out On Before He Became A Big Star

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Chris Pratt is now one of the biggest stars in Hollywood and making more money than just about anyone in the industry, but he was not the popular actor that he is now until fairly recently.

Just over the past year, he has appeared in The Lego Movie, Guardians Of The Galaxy, and recently Jurassic World, which set the opening weekend record at the box office, and he continues to star in hit after hit.

However, prior to that, many fans will also remember him as the beloved Andy Dwyer from NBC’s fan-favorite comedy, Parks and Recreation. He was a TV star before making his big break, and also had several small roles in films. Here are some of Chris Pratt’s roles that you probably didn’t know about before he made it big:

Here are some of Chris Pratt’s roles that you probably didn’t know about before he made it big:

Her (2013)

Although it was one of the most recent films before his big box office success, many people still might not remember his character in the Spike Jonze film. Her was only released to limited theaters and its odd premise of a man’s relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need could have even turned some people off. The film starred Joaquin Phoenix as a lonely writer with a boring job and Pratt’s character worked with him.

Moneyball (2011)

In the film Moneyball, he played one of the baseball players, Scott Hatteberg. He was a first baseman and catcher, arguably one of the most pivotal players in the film and had the tough job of transition from catcher to first baseman. The film was nominated for multiple Oscars and also starred Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Robin Wright.

Wanted (2008)

There was speculation about a sequel at one point due to the film’s success and it even spawned a video game, but the stars turned it down. It was early on in Chris Pratt’s career without a big part in the film, but the film focused on an office worker who learned that he is the son of a professional assassin and shares his superhuman killing abilities. The film starred James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie, and Morgan Freeman.

Jennifer’s Body (2009)

It is the only horror film that he has done so far, and while it was not that scary, many people also avoided it because of how bad it was supposed to be. However, it is also famous for having a scene where Amanda Seyfried and Megan Fox kiss each other, at a time where Megan Fox was incredibly popular for her looks. Chris Pratt played a rookie on the police force who was also a love interest of Megan Fox’s character.

What’s Your Number (2011)

As many people probably know, Chris Pratt and Anna Faris are married, making up one of the cutest couples in Hollywood. This is one film where they were able to have fun together while on screen, with Faris’ character looking back on all of the men she has been with throughout her life and wonders if one of them might have been her true love. He played Disgusting Donald in a role where he was able to goof off and be the guy that she didn’t like, clearly a fun time for a married couple.

Everwood (2002-2006 TV)

Years before he played the adorably silly Andy Dwyer on Parks and Recreation, he had a role in Everwood as a high school kid. The film was set in a small town in Colorado and focused on a widowed father who moves his two young kids to the small mountain town. Chris Pratt played Bright Abbott, the best friend of the doctor’s son, and also the brother of his girlfriend during parts of the show.

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Due to Jessica Chastain’s character stealing the show and earning her an Oscar nomination, many people probably forgot about most of the rest of the cast. However, Chris Pratt was also featured in a small role, playing the role of Justin. He was a Navy SEAL and a sailor in the US Navy. The film was nominated for several Oscars including Best Picture.

The Five-Year Engagement (2012)

It was a film that starred Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, but Chris Pratt was featured as well as the best friend of Segel’s character. They both worked as chefs and he made several dirty jokes that people might not expect from him knowing his other material. It focused on the two main characters who get engaged one year after meeting but don’t get married for several years due to obstacles getting in the way, making for some hilarious sitations.

Tobias Roth
Tobias Roth received his bachelor's degree in English with a concentration on Film Studies from Michigan State University. He loves movies, being outdoors and enjoys a good game of ultimate frisbee. He also has a passion for animals, the environment, and learning new things.

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