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"Guardians" Star Lost G.I. Joe Role over Fitness Level

Buena Vista(NEW YORK) -- By now it's well known the transformation Chris Pratt underwent to change from pudgy Parks and Recreation's Andy Dwyer to the six-pack-sporting Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy.

While he'd gotten ripped once before, for a role as a Navy SEAL in Zero Dark Thirty, his time on Parks and Rec and success playing literally heavier supporting roles -- he gained 60 pounds before 2013's Delivery Man -- cost him some leading man cred, affected his health, and apparently shook his confidence.

He reveals to Esquire that he hesitated about the Marvel movie. "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...," Pratt recalled, "halfway through I saw the director’s eyes just glaze over. It made sense -- I was a little heavy and out of shape...I did not look like a G.I. Joe action figure come to life."

Being in leading man shape now, Pratt explains, is, "the result of doing a little bit every day." He explains, "Moments aren't just moments. A moment might be a week or a month. So instead of 'Boy, I'd love to eat this hamburger right now,' I'm considering a little further into the future. I'm thinking, 'I eat that hamburger and that's 1,200 calories, and I'm gonna work out tomorrow and lose 800 calories. I may as well eat a salad here, still do that workout, and then I'm actually making progress.'"

Now, the actor explains, "I have more energy. I sleep better. My sex drive is up. Blood's flowing...I can do 40-inch box jumps...Action-hero physical stuff...When you get in shape, the world around you becomes things you wanna jump on and climb up."

Pratt will have a chance to show off the fruits of his labors again in June 2015 in Jurassic Park 4, and in 2017, in the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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