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article imageGuardians of the Galaxy hero came from zero

By Mike Rossi     Aug 4, 2014 in Entertainment
Los Angeles - Years from now, Hollywood actor Chris Pratt may look back on his life and decide the weekend of August 1st, 2014 was the very best 48 hour period of his life.
Boasting an eye-popping $94 million dollar opening weekend, Pratt's new movie Guardians of the Galaxy might be the catalyst that sends him hurtling towards a career reminiscent of Harrison Ford or Bruce Willis — that of a bonafide and bankable blockbuster-star.
Despite Guardians being his first lead-role in a big-budget Hollywood film, all preliminary signs indicate that Pratt not only endured the pressure-laden filming process but thrived in it, much to the delight of fans and critics alike who spent this past weekend forking over their hard-earned Shekels for movie tickets.
Along with box-office recognition Pratt, as well as co-stars Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper, are assured a hefty pay-day in light of the film's immediate success.
And while the stars have certainly aligned for Pratt at the moment, things haven't always been so easy for the 35 year-old actor.
Born in Minnesota but raised in the Seattle suburb of Lake Stevens, Washington, Pratt came from humble beginnings. His mother worked at a local supermarket while his father, a former miner turned contractor, remodelled houses.
Though fortunate enough to go to college, Pratt —a high school wrestling star— dropped out after only one semester.
From there, odd-jobs and part-time work —including a stint as a stripper— carried the wondering Washingtonian all the way to the beaches of Maui where he lived for a period as a homeless man in a tent on the sand.
Aimlessly walking a path to nowhere, Pratt was working as a waiter at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company when fate found him and decided to change his fortune.
Fate's name was Rae Dawn Chong, the Canadian actress of Commando fame.
Flying the untested and unproven actor from Hawaii to Los Angeles, Chong cast Pratt in a horror film she was directing, Cursed Part 3.
From that tiny and utterly forgettable role, the seed destined to blossom into Star-Lord began to sprout.
Nearly 15 years removed from those humble beginnings, Chris Pratt is sitting on the biggest professional success of his young life and though nothing is certain, the future for this unassuming Hollywood star looks as though it will continue to burn bright.
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