Chris Pratt is one of the most popular movie stars in the world today and the summer of 2022 was especially busy for the actor. June 10 saw the release of his movie Jurassic World: Dominion, who is throwing money at the cash register worldwide as you read this. In July, he will star as Star Lord in the Marvel film Thor: Love and Thunder. But in between the two, the actor has found time to release a web series as he returns to the short format after nearly seven years with Amazon Prime Video’s The Terminal List. Chris and co-star Taylor Kitsch sat down with Hindustan Times for a chat about the show, their on- and off-screen chemistry and the emergence of OTT as an alternative medium for actors. Also read: The trailer for Terminal List: Chris Pratt is a Marine who is out to discover the secrets behind the deaths of his comrades. Watch
Based on Jack Carr’s bestseller, The Terminal List stars Chris as US Navy Seal James Reece, who tries to uncover a dark secret that led to the deaths of his men in a covert operation. Taylor plays Ben Edwards, an old friend and former comrade of James. This isn’t the first time both men have played a Navy Seal, Chris emphasizes. “We’ve both had a chance to play Navy Seals in the past. He made a movie called Lone Survivor, which was fantastic, and I was in Zero Dark Thirty. We both have a great understanding of the physicality that goes into this. kind of work to do. We had pretty close relationships with Navy Seals in our lives while making those movies, which makes them like brothers to us. So we talked about that,” he says.
Chris admits his relationship with fitness and getting in shape hasn’t been as smooth as some of his co-stars. “Taylor is always on top form. For me, I really have to try and get in shape for these movies and series. But the physicality and training here was based more on creating authenticity of movement, demeanor, weapon handling and situational awareness needed to portray one of these former Navy Seals,” he shares.
And to achieve that authenticity, “the best way was to constantly surround ourselves with Navy Seals,” Chris says. In fact, the actors say they had actual Navy Seals “always watching” both in front of and behind the camera.
Taylor says he focused more than the physicality on getting the mental aspect and composure of being a Navy Seal up to the T. He says, “I had the same guy who also trained me for Lone Survivor, and that was just the best. And if you can surround yourself with the best of the best, you get to watch these guys. The great thing about seals is how calm they are in such intense moments. We try to integrate that into our scenes too. There is a cadence with these guys that is very authentic and deserved and for us that’s always what you’re chasing.”
Like Chris, Taylor has worked in some of the biggest movies and franchises over the years, after playing Gambit in X Men Origins: Wolverine and the titular adventurer in John Carter. But their paths had never crossed for The Terminal List. When asked if they needed ice cream to get their chemistry in order, Taylor replies, “It was pretty quick for me. We had a Zoom session about the fraternity and me coming on board. We joked within the first two minutes after we met.
Taylor adds that they often had to call back on the humor on set, as they had to start filming intense scenes afterward. “It gets dark and he carries an incredible weight on the show, so my character Ben has to bring levity. It’s a great way for Ben to check with him where he is emotionally. A lot of times we had to withdraw the humor because it is also quite simple, given the chemistry,” says Taylor.
Chris has a very unique take on their chemistry and admiration for each other, comparing himself and Taylor to two veteran Navy Seals. He explains: “Often you have two Seal Team members, who have both been through the melting pot of training and war, but never really met. They may have heard of each other and noticed each other, but when they meet, they know they have this connection. So in a way because we’ve both played Navy Seals and we’ve both been actors for so long, there was probably a similarity between some of these Seals who have both been in the community for a long time but never had a chance to work together. ”
Before becoming a major movie star with the success of the Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy franchises, Chris was best known for his role as Andy Dwyer on the hit sitcom Parks and Recreation. And while he was a regular on the show from 2009-15, he hasn’t been seen on the “small screen” since. But Chris says there was never any hesitation in returning to the longer format. “There was no hesitation at all. I produced this thing, so this was definitely my choice. I don’t see a huge difference between television and film anyway. I think those lines have faded for a long time,” he says.
Chris adds that it was initially thought that The Terminal List could be a movie, but he preferred to tell the story in eight hours rather than just two hours. He says: “In choosing this material, there was the possibility that this could be a movie. We saw that as an opportunity. But the problem is there are great movies, don’t get me wrong, but if you really want a compelling story, do you want to do it in 2 hours or 8 hours? I think the streaming platform is better suited for this story.” Also read: When Chris Pratt left Thor Love and Thunder co-star Chris Hemsworth, he was shocked: ‘I was weirdly shaken’
Chris even admits to being a fan of the OTT revolution. He says: “What we have with streaming today is an opportunity to tell cinematic quality stories, but over the length of something that is television. This is not network television. We do not limit ourselves to commercials. We don’t do simple standalone episodes of three companies that should live in syndication. This is a story that you really have to start at the beginning and see through to the end, told in eight-hour blocks.”