Chris Pratt Reveals His “Awesome Techniques for Acting”

Chris Pratt Acting Technique

Each actor has their own working methods, their own unique ways and means of getting into a character or drawing on particular emotions needed for a certain scene. Chris Pratt, about to star in Jurassic World, has developed some rather unorthodox and interesting methods to help him in his work. As he explains to GQ Magazine, it started out with a new technique he developed while working on Delivery Man with Vince Vaughn.

“I came up with some awesome techniques on that movie that I still use,” he declares. “Some awesome techniques for acting that I think I might have invented.”

“In that movie, I used bright orange, like a blaze orange, as a reminder that my [character’s] mother doesn’t believe in me and that she believes I’m a failure.” Pratt then placed orange post-it notes around the set, out of shot. “Then,” he says, “it would catch my attention halfway through the scene, and it would affect me emotionally underneath.”

Pratt also uses music in his acting, which in itself is not so unusual, though perhaps not many actors store 110 pieces of music in their phones under the title “Acting Music,” subdivided into five categories: “Love,” “Sadness,” “Wonderment,” “Action,” and the vaguely mysterious “Volume Five.” (Volume Five turns out to be “a collection of kind of all of them.”) Pratt then rechristens each separate piece of music—typically an instrumental from a past movie soundtrack—with its own new name to describe the emotion it encapsulates, so that within “Sadness,” for instance, you can find “Ethereal Reaction,” “The Long Walk,” “European Town in Ruins,” “Wonder of Life,” “Leaving Home,” and “Brother’s Funeral.”

Chris Pratt on How He Got Typecast as the A-hole Boyfriend or the Fat, Funny Guy

Pratt says he thinks the “three legs of the acting table” are your body, your voice, and “the rhythm of your spirit”; he finds this music collection particularly useful with the third of these. “It’s hard to manipulate the rhythm of your spirit,” he points out. “That’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about. Like, I had road rage just yesterday….”

Added to this, Pratt also found another technique online, which he put into practice on the set of Jurassic World. You think about what animal your character would be in order to determine how they would move. In this case, Pratt decided his character would be a dolphin, and dolphins lead with their foreheads.

He explains his whole thought process as follows: “Flow core, no TC, volume up point five, Eric Church.”

Eric Church to remind him of “Dark Side,” a song by Church that Pratt was listening to over and over, and the darkness in this character it encapsulated. “Flow core” to remind him of his posture when he was paddle boarding. “Volume up point five” to remind him to make his voice slightly louder. “No TC” to remind him to lead with his forehead, in a formulation only a formerly fat man would think to use: No triple chin.

It’s certainly an interesting approach to characterization, but for Pratt, it seems to be working.

Leave a Reply

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/laura-linney-genuis.jpg
Laura Linney: “The thing that makes the theater different from any other art form: it’s time”
Linney cast's some light on why revivals in theater are looked at differently than their television and film counterparts.
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/corey-hawkins.jpg
Corey Hawkins: “I grew up a theater nerd”
"The fun of it and the challenge of it is to take the play — to take the text — and make it your own, to find it your own way" - Corey Hawkins on Theater
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/sally-field-the-glass-menagerie.jpg
Sally Field on Performing on Broadway: “You’re so totally and utterly and completely alive”
Field reveals how the lack of intermission helps her maintain her energy and why she decided to return to Broadway after a nearly 15-year break.
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/watch-sag-conversations-with-geo.jpg
Watch: SAG Conversations with Geoffrey Rush of ‘Genius’
Rush speaks at length about his career and portraying who many consider to be the wisest man of the 20th century.
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Ben-Platt-Dear-Evan-Hansen.jpg
Ben Platt on How He Found Himself Starring in ‘Dear Evan Hansen’
"Every day is a different sort of vibe and feeling. It can be impacted by anything from like, "Is it raining outside?" to "Are there a lot of old people?"" - Ben Platt