It’s no secret that Parks and Recreation star Chris Pratt has undergone a physical transformation over the past year. The dopey actor went from lovable with a cuddly squeeze to a lean, mean, sex appealing machine for his role as Peter Quill in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. An unexpected result of that transition was the reveal of Pratt’s inexplicable likeness to fellow actor Patrick Wilson.
No seriously — before you squawk at the idea — you need to review the photographic evidence (in the gallery above) to understand and appreciate how similar these two actors look. From scruff to hair and those piercing eyes, the two are a complete (and almost identical) package.
When Pratt first appeared on the scene he was nothing more than Amy’s older brother on Everwood or a likable surfer dude hanging out on The O.C. It wasn’t until he became the doughy guy in Parks and Rec that made us laugh that he caught our attention. But even then, there was something familiar about him… We weren’t alone in our thinking; Cheezburger had a similar idea.
But now that Pratt has shed the pounds, the likeness is uncanny. His Men’s Fitness photo shoot showed off Pratt’s more chiseled — albeit somewhat Photoshopped — side that reminded us of the same jaw line and washboard abs that wowed us in HBO’s Girls and Little Children. Ahem, Wilson!
Whether or not you believe us — and you really should — take a moment to appreciate how far Pratt has come. VH1 caught up with him at the Guardians of the Galaxy premiere in New York this week, where he talked about what it takes to play a beloved superhero and the kinds of special powers his other famous characters happen to have.