Chris Pratt on His Failed ‘Superman Returns’ Audition: “It just goes to show that it’s all divinely planned”
The old adage that things have a way of working out for the best still applies to some of the most popular actors on the planet, too. Take Chris Pratt, for example — the Parks & Recreation star was turned into a box office star by three big hits in a row — The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Jurassic World. While he might be at the top now, almost ten years earlier Pratt lost out on one of the most coveted acting roles ever — the Man of Steel, Superman.
While promoting Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on Late Night with Stephen Colbert, the two actors reminisced about the time Pratt left the set of the film Strangers with Candy (which they both worked on) in order to audition for the role of Superman in Superman Returns. When Colbert remarked that he thought Pratt would’ve made a great Superman, Pratt replied, “The casting director did not agree.”
Of course, Pratt didn’t get the role — Brandon Routh did — and the 2006 Superman film was made with a lukewarm response from critics and fans and Routh never made another Superman movie. Pratt later became Marvel’s Star-Lord to much greater box office success. Pratt then added, “It just goes to show that it’s all divinely planned. If it’s not working out in the moment, then have faith that it might work out in the future. The no’s that you get today might mean an even more powerful yes in the future. You know what I mean?”
Pratt concluded by joking, “I’m glad I wasn’t Superman!”