Chris Pratt apologises for comments about blue-collar Americans not being represented in Hollywood films

'That was actually a pretty stupid thing to say'

Jack Shepherd
Sunday 23 April 2017 14:43 BST
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While promoting upcoming Marvel blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Chris Pratt talked himself into a tricky situation.

“I don’t see personal stories that necessarily resonate with me, because they’re not my stories,” the actor told Men’s Fitness.

“I think there’s room for me to tell mine, and probably an audience that would be hungry for them. The voice of the average, blue-collar American isn’t necessarily represented in Hollywood.”

Many publications reported on Pratt’s words, pointing out how blue-collar Americans are one of the most prominently represented groups in Hollywood movies.

Soon after the comments were picked up on, Pratt delivered an apology on Twitter, writing: “That was actually a pretty stupid thing to say. I'll own that. There's a ton of movies about blue-collar America.”

In the same interview, the actor — who was recently filming Jurassic World 2 — also spoke about the polarising nature of modern politics and the need for both sides to find common ground.

“I really feel there’s common ground out there that’s missed because we focus on the things that separate us,” he said.

“You’re either the red state or the blue state, the left or the right. Not everything is politics. And maybe that’s something I’d want to help bridge, because I don’t feel represented by either side.”

Pratt will next appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which reaches UK cinemas 28 April.

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