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Chris Pratt almost passed on ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ role due to his weight

Peter Quill was almost a pass! It’s hard to believe, but actor Chris Pratt has admitted that he almost said “no” to the audition for his iconic part in Marvel’s summertime smash movie “Guardians of the Galaxy.” On Wednesday, Esquire posted an interview with the 35-year-old movie star, who revealed that he nearly passed on the audition for fear of making a fool of himself.

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 29: Chris Pratt attends The Cinema Society with Men's Fitness and FIJI Water special screening of Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' after party at The Jimmy at the James Hotel on July 29, 2014 in New York City
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"When ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ was pitched to me, I said, 'I don't think so,'" Pratt said. "I just didn't picture myself getting the role. I didn't want to go and embarrass myself like I did when I auditioned for ‘G.I. Joe’ a couple of years previously.”

The actor went on to explain that for his ‘G.I Joe’ audition, he was “a little heavy and out of shape” and he knew at the time that he wasn’t in any kind of physical condition to take on the part. For the “Guardians” role, the actor committed himself to getting into superhero shape by losing weight and adding muscle mass.

"I can do 40-inch box jumps now," Pratt said. "Action-hero physical stuff.”

So what’s the secret behind Pratt’s “marvel’-ous new physique? According to Men’s Fitness, the dedicated actor dropped more than 60 pounds in six months with a combination of a precise diet plan and an intense training regimen to get ready for his role as Peter Quill.

The actor’s ripped bod came from an initial two months of bodybuilding workouts, followed by a combination of bodybuilding and conditioning for the next two months, and then a solid month of of cardio circuits, swimming, mountain biking, and a treadmill/rower circuit mixed in with weightlifting and calisthenics.

Pratt recently told late night host David Letterman his pre-Peter weight was 290 pounds. Letterman scoffed at the number, so Pratt had some fun by saying he weighed 113 pounds by the time he shed some pounds and actually filmed “Guardians.” And he joked that “four pounds of that was spray tan.”

It turns out Pratt made the right call by getting into shape and going through with the “Guardians of the Galaxy” audition. The Marvel flick broke box office records in its opening weekend, raking in more than $94 million, and a sequel has already been ordered for a 2017 release.