When Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence’s Two Sexy Goofs in Space film, Passengers, came out last December, many hated it. One of the major reasons why people weren’t feeling Passengers was because they found Chris Pratt’s character to be a bit of a creepy stalker. Chris Pratt is surprised that people felt that way.
Chris Pratt’s Jim is on a spaceship with several thousand colonists headed to a new planet, and his sleep pod malfunctions and wakes him up. After a year of being bored and lonely, he – spoiler alert! – decides to wake up a hot babe (aka Jennifer Lawrence’s character) from her 120-year space sleep journey. He lies and tells her that her sleep pod malfunctioned. Eventually he tells her the truth, and she’s pissed for a while, but then they go back to being in love. Awwww.
The filmmakers were clearly going for some kind of zero gravity romance thing, but it definitely didn’t come across that way to a lot of people. The words “Stockholm Syndrome” and “sexist” seemed to pop up a lot in reviews of Passengers. Variety asked Chris Pratt about that during the Los Angeles premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 yesterday. Despite all the hate it got, he still thinks it’s a good movie.
Asked if the reactions to the film surprised him, Pratt hesitates. “Yeah. It did, it really did. I was really caught off guard by that. It was definitely a lesson. I personally think the movie is very good, I’m very proud of it. I’ll be curious to see if it holds up – the criticism and the movie.”
“I never want to be in a situation where I’m blaming critics for not liking a movie,” he says. “So I’ll just stop talking. It is what it is and I’m proud of it.”
He adds that even though Passengers has a worse rating on Rotten Tomatoes than Paul Blart: Mall Cop, it still made a ton of money (almost $300 million) and was nominated for two Oscars.
I have no idea how Chris Pratt was surprised by the backlash. Chris wakes Jennifer up while she’s sleeping. Nobody likes being woken up. That’s why you curse out your alarm in the morning. Add to that the fact that she was trying to get 120 years sleep, and he did it solely because he wanted to get laid? That’s pretty much a recipe for the universe’s most hated dude.
Here’s Chris Pratt at last night’s premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Also included is his wife Anna Faris looking like she’s making a pit stop in 2017 before she makes her way to the pron in 2003, Zoe Saldana looking like a bordello lampshade, and The Property Brothers for some reason?