Chris Pratt decided to become a stripper as a teenager because he loved being naked.
The 34-year-old actor has made his name in movies such as Moneyball and Zero Dark Thirty, but things could have been very different career wise. At 18, he realized he could make money out of flashing his chest for giddy women.
“I was always a very much naked person. I loved to always get naked. I was very free, so I thought, ‘I may as well get paid,’” he laughed to Buzzfeed.
The star performed at a bachelorette party, which was quite an experience – but it wasn’t his most outlandish booking. That came courtesy of his friend’s grandmother, who he was booked to strip for on her birthday.
“It was a surprise,” he giggled. “I don’t know how it got around to them, but they paid me $40. I was never like Magic Mike, you know. I did go one time and audition on a stage for a club, but I don’t think I got the job. I don’t think I’m a very good dancer.”
The failure didn’t unduly affect the actor thought, because Chris knew he would always be able to make money. Having cash had been a motivator for him since he was young, when he dreamed up ways to get rich.
“I cleaned peoples’ cars, painted murals, worked for my dad, worked at a burger joint, was a room service waiter, worked at the snack bar at a bingo hall,” he recalled. “I babysat and mowed lawns; I picked blackberries and sold them. I was always very enterprising as a kid. I was always trying to find some way to make money.”
Chris’ new movie Delivery Man hits screens this month, in which he plays a lawyer tasked with representing a man who finds he has fathered 533 children after donating to a sperm bank 691 times.
Although it sounds like a lot, Chris is adamant a man could make that many visits to a clinic in several years.
“That’s totally reasonable,” he said. “If I only gave a quarter of my sperm donations to a clinic, I could still do it. In my late teens and early twenties? Oh jeez, you could have taken that much sperm out just by doing my laundry, or cleaning my sheets and laundering my socks… If I thought about it, I would have made a fortune myself.”
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