Chris Pratt takes his role as a SEAL seriously, says Schwarzenegger

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Chris Pratt (right) with director Anton Fuqua shooting "The Terminal List."

Whether he was averting the extinction of dinosaurs in the “Jurassic World” series or surviving a Quad Blaster explosion in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Chris Pratt has mastered the art of the humorous wisecrack amid big movie action.

The eight-episode Amazon series “The Terminal List” concludes with Pratt’s characteristic frivolity becoming the first casualty on the register (streaming Friday).

The first adaptation of a 2020 novel by best-selling novelist (and former SEAL platoon commander) Jack Carr stars Pratt, 43, as Navy SEAL James Reece.

“Audiences will have expectations about the kind of humour and silliness they may expect from a project I’m in. However, none of that exists “in a combined video interview with Carr, argues Pratt. (Both are the project’s executive producers.) “I couldn’t rely on the funny tool I usually bring to work. That was difficult.”

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Ironically, Pratt’s breakthrough performance as the affable and goofy Andy Dwyer on the NBC comedy “Parks and Recreation” from 2009 to 2015 marked the start of this issue. Carr loved it. The aspiring writer then utilised Pratt as the idea for his primary character, Reece, after witnessing Pratt’s transformation into a SEAL Team Six operator in one of his earliest film performances, the Oscar-winning drama “Zero Dark Thirty” from 2012.

Carr claims that despite going through that transition, Pratt “was intrinsically likeable, someone you wanted to have a beer with.”

“This is crucial when pushing readers to delve further into your book’s pages or watch it on screen. If they’re spending time with a pleasant and motivating person, life is lot better.”

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After reading five Reece-centered books and being introduced to “Terminal List” by his longtime friend and former SEAL Jared Shaw, actor Chris Pratt played a key role in bringing the character to the big screen.

The only other survivor of a sabotaged covert mission that sends Reece on a quest for ruthless vengeance, one double-crosser at a time, Ernest “Boozer” Vickers is the character that Pratt, who has known Shaw since shadowing him to prepare for “Zero Dark Thirty,” hired to handle full-scale training as well as play Ernest.

Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger enjoyed In-N-Out burgers as they marked their wedding anniversary.

Shaw travelled with Pratt to Australia to film “Thor: Love and Thunder,” focusing on “tactics, workouts, and running me through the weapons work,” according to Pratt. The training continued even after Pratt’s appearance in “Jurassic World: Dominion.” Both movies were released this summer.

Work like “cleaning” a room of possible opponents before entering was extremely serious. But occasionally, after returning to his Los Angeles home with his wife Katherine Schwarzenegger and their three children—Jack, 9 (his son with Anna Faris), Lyla, 1, and the newborn Eloise—Pratt would exhibit a more jovial practise style.

Even today, Pratt says, “I’m walking through and clearing when I pass through a door, say, if I have my golf club in my hand.” “I’m cleaning it as I enter the restroom. But the thing that makes me appear competent on film is the steady repetition.”

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In the show, Reece teams up with Ben Edwards, a former SEAL teammate, played by Taylor Kitsch, and a sympathetic investigative journalist played by Constance Wu, both of whom aid in exposing the growing list of those responsible for the mission’s failure.

As Donny Mitchell, the youngest member of Reece’s fatal SEAL squad, Pratt instructed his brother-in-law Patrick Schwarzenegger, 28, to “really get after it in the gym,” inviting another family member along for the voyage.

Pratt and Schwarzenegger, the son of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, are the only performers in an early battalion scene who lack military experience.

But they blended in perfectly with the others.

“Patrick is rugged and definitely exudes the proper spirit and style. He excelled at it because it was the ideal fit “Pratt adds. “He can stand in for stolen youth because he seems like such a little child to me. He was my own brother-in-law, and I pictured having him taken away. I was able to use it throughout the entire series.”

It really is everywhere. A veteran operator seeing the “Terminal” tactical scenes, according to Carr, “is going to know we really put in the work to get this right.” But what most struck him was how Pratt handled the complex surge of emotions he had upon rejoining his wife (Riley Keough) and small daughter after his terrifying deployment.

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Carr cites Chris’ portrayal of reintegrating with the family after returning home as being “right on.” “I’m crying just thinking about it right now because that’s how it is,”

Additional deployments could occur if “Terminal List” becomes popular with Amazon Prime subscribers:

Carr still has capacity for additional tales as he completes his sixth Reece book.

Pratt already has a new training boost thanks to Eloise, who was born in May and has reinforced his family’s bond while reintroducing him to “sleep deprivation,” even though Amazon has not signed up for more.

According to Pratt, the first week after a newborn is brought home is the “hell week.” “Children will attempt to push you to the limit, but you’re more tougher and can take far more pressure than you think, one thing I learnt from these people. Being a parent teaches you to be resilient. Because you are committed to your children, you may fear that you may lose it, but you won’t. Never will you ring that bell.”