Throughout the trilogy, Chris Pratt has certainly shown his scope as an action star, a comedian and a capable drama actor. Interestingly, nearly all of his best cries are for Baby Groot or Rocket Raccoon, not for any actual human. That aside, one of the sweetest moments in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2” is when Star-Lord comforts Baby Groot when he needs it most. To get Pratt really connected when the time came, James Gunn recalls telling the star to think about his own experience as a father. The director said BBC 1:
“The only thing I remember is talking to Chris Pratt as he was holding little Baby Groot in his arms and thinking about his son Jack. And as soon as I said that, Chris looked down and he was crying. And that’s the only instruction I remember giving besides, you know, going to Chris and saying, ‘Don’t be so bad this time. Do it again, but less. worse.'”
That little piece of advice worked, and the scene further leads one to believe that Star-Lord essentially became Baby Groot’s adoptive father during the moody teenage years we see in the sequel. post-production “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” setting.
When Rocket died briefly at the end of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”, Pratt threw himself into his performance, crying out to the best of them. Who knows, Pratt might not have come close to the extent of his most touching scene’s money-making in the entire trilogy if he hadn’t unlocked something before with Baby Groot. Now if Pratt only had a chance to cry in front of a real person.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” is currently showing in theaters.