With the lead in two big time movie franchises on the way, you get the distinct impression that Chris Pratt is about to become one serious movie star. Later this summer, he’ll head up a gang of intergalactic outlaw misfits in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and next year he’s going to help re-launch the Jurassic Park series when he ventures into Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World. Though he’s steadily gained recognition with his work on NBC’s Parks and Recreation and in movies like Moneyball, Pratt isn’t exactly a household name, yet. One thing he has no shortage of is confidence, and it also turns out he’s something of a fortuneteller. Four years ago, he called the fact that he was going to be in Jurassic Park 4.
A few years back, he filmed some behind the scenes footage for Parks and Recreation, which, as he says, means “everyone else was asked, and said no.” But he has no shame, and that is a big part of what makes him such a good time. During this video, he got a text message from Steven Spielberg himself, asking him to be in Jurassic Park 4. Damn that Spielberg, always being a pest.
This is obviously a joke, but it does indicate how he feels about the dinosaur-based family of films. He could have just as easily said it was George Lucas calling, offering him a role in the next Star Wars. This was, of course, before Disney bought Lucasfilm and announced that J.J. Abrams was going to make Episode VII. Spielberg may be the biggest filmmaker in the world, and Jurassic Park is a big, blockbuster franchise, but for a man of Pratt’s generation, it seems like Star Wars would be the go-to pipe dream. But Pratt feels a little differently. He has frequently espoused his love for Jurassic Park, even going so far as to call it his Star Wars.
It also appears that he may have forgotten about his own bold prediction. Someone ran across this video and realized what prophetic powers Pratt possess, and hit him up on Twitter. Check out his reaction for yourself:
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) May 3, 2014
Pratt has been around for a while, toiling away in smaller roles—I first remember him from a stint on The O.C.—but he’s always had a charisma and charm that made you take notice. If things pan out like it appears they will—we’re pretty pumped up for both Guardians and Jurassic World, and he’s also attached to a Knight Rider reboot—it won’t be long before he’s a legitimate movie star.
Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters on August 1, and Jurassic World recently started filming in Hawaii and will be released June 12, 2015.