Chris Pratt received the news of his father’s death while filming Jurassic World in 2014. Pratt’s father, Dan Pratt, had been struggling with multiple sclerosis for years, but according to the actor, he was not able to come to terms with the loss until he began work on another film project.
In a new interview with British GQ, Pratt revealed that it wasn’t until he was filming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 that he was finally forced to deal with his father’s death.
“The truth is I ripped open some wounds that had been healing for some time. And I didn’t want to,” Pratt told the magazine. “But I knew it was right for the moment… There are wounds that are never going to be totally healed. It would probably make for a better story if it was some emotional thing that I hadn’t dealt with… When we face the death of a parent, you sometimes feel regret that you didn’t fully embrace what you had.”
With Guardians Vol. 2 focusing on Pratt’s Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord reuniting with his father (played by Kurt Russell), the plot of the film hit home for Pratt and his relationship with his own father. As the actor revealed last year, filming Jurassic World after receiving the news of his father’s passing was a difficult experience that elicited some destructive behavior.
“I knew, being the lead in the movie, that I was really responsible for everybody’s attitude,” he told the American edition of GQ in June 2015. “So I compartmentalized it all and dealt with it in my own way, but not openly for people to see. I got pretty angry and got drunk and almost got in a fight with a drug dealer outside of my hotel room.”
Pratt described Dan Pratt at the time as an “old school kind of dad,” but noted that this was “actually a good thing.”
“In his own way he let me know that he was proud of me,” Pratt added. “He didn’t really react in any way, one way or another, but he was definitely proud. If I was on TV, he watched everything I was in. So it felt like I was able to communicate with him through doing work that was on TV.”