Why Marvel stars Chris Pratt and Tom Holland reunited for ‘Onward’

It’s Valentine’s Day in Los Angeles and Chris Pratt and Tom Holland are feeling the love. Although there is a significant age difference between Pratt, 40, and Holland, 23, the two exude a warm and humorous relationship, forged by their shared experience inhabiting Marvel superheroes, with Pratt playing Star-Lord in the “Guardians of the Night” franchise. Galaxy “and Holland playing Spider-Man. “I can’t help but try to be like a big brother to Tom,” says Pratt. “Thanks man,” Holland says.

the Pixar’s latest animated film, “Onward,” in theaters on Friday, it builds on that brotherly sentiment, with Holland and Pratt lending their voices, respectively, to Ian and Barley Lightfoot, two young elves who embark on a quest to try to magically resurrect their late father for a day. .

Director and co-writer Dan Scanlon was inspired by the thrilling fantasy adventure comedy of his own father’s death as a baby and a recording of his voice that he and his older brother found as teenagers. “Unfortunately, like me, many children have to deal with these issues [of losing a parent] and I think our hope is that the movie can guide them in an honest but also fun and funny way, ”says Scanlon. “We do our best to follow that line.”

Pratt and Holland, who have shared the screen at the box office giants “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame,” spoke to The Times about delving into the emotional depths of the film, embracing nerdy fantasy pursuits, and moving on. through the ups and downs and defeats of Marvel stardom. This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.

What attracted you both to “Onward” when you first heard the release?

Holland: Obviously, you don’t need to have a lot of convincing to say yes to a Pixar movie, but it was even easier when I heard how passionate Dan was to tell this story. So after my first meeting, I was basically begging them to give me this job and I was lucky they did. And then I was even luckier when they told me that Chris was involved and that he was going to play my older brother. I thought it was kind of a storybook ending because we have a very brotherly relationship anyway.

Pratt: When Dan told me his story about his relationship with his brother and the trauma of losing a father, it was very moving. I lost my father [in 2014], and my brother, my sister and I entered that inevitable season of having lost a parent early and that was something that I have dealt with and I understand.

Some of the things were incredibly emotional. [to perform]. I remember being pushed to that limit, where you said, “This is a cartoon. I’m not going there. “It’s always a little internal conflict, like, how much of this am I willing to share right now? And then they push and they push and then you go there.

What are your favorite Pixar movies?

Holland: I’d say my top 3 would be “Toy Story 2”, the top 3 “Incredibles” and “Coco”.

Pratt: Yes, “Toy Story” is great. I was a huge fan of “Up”. And I have seen “The Incredibles” so many times with my son that it will always be a special movie for me.

From left to right, elven brothers Ian and Barley Lightfoot with their half-reanimated father in “Onward.”

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This movie takes place in a world of elves and unicorns and magic and is infused with role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons. Were they into that kind of fancy thing when they were growing up?

Holland: I love the “Lord of the Rings” [movies]. I never read those books, but I did read “The Hobbit” and I loved that. And then I played “Skyrim”. He had all the Daedric armor. He’s the mack daddy of all armor. Search it.

Pratt: My friends had D&D, but strangely I was not allowed to play, it was not something that we were allowed to do in our house. But we played “Rifts” and “MechWarrior” and other role-playing games. However, most of all, my brother, my friends and I dream of growing up to draw comics. I remember he had this book on the lore of the dwarves and he drew thousands of dwarves and battle axes and warhammers and helmets and armor and things like that.

Was it easy for you to take advantage of the kind of brotherly relationship that we see between Ian and Barley? Chris, you’ve said that through your connection to Marvel, you’ve tried to be like a big brother to Tom in some way.

Pratt: I’ve committed many errors. But you learn from people’s mistakes if you’re smart, so I’d like him to learn from my mistakes. Not rambling in interviews is the main one, I think. [Laughs]

I think he’s driving [stardom] incredibly good though. I’ve had so many gradual steps to get where I am, and each one was a huge win for me, from not having to wait for more tables to getting my SAG card to doing work that paid me over $ 500 every time. to where I am now. And for him, getting up to where he is now so fast has to be difficult. So when I met him, I tried to tell him that I had heard about what a great actor he was and that he could defend himself against Robert Downey Jr. That was one of the first things I wanted to say to him: “This is how they perceive you. People think highly of you. “

Tom, has it been difficult adjusting to great fame so quickly?

Holland: I think what I’ve been really good at is living my life in the spotlight when I have to. You don’t see me in a tabloid magazine. You never see me on a date with a famous person. When I go home, I lead a very, very normal life. I play golf a lot. I go to the pub. The pub quiz is the highlight of my week with my family. The idea of ​​being a movie star is strange to me. It doesn’t feel like that’s what I am at all.

I have moments where I get scared and say, “What is happening to my life? I don’t know how to handle something like this. “And then I call someone like Chris or call my brothers and find out. Because people work a lot harder for a lot less and we just have to remind ourselves how lucky we are to be in the positions at And if that means someone will take a picture of you when you walk outside your house, you have to take it seriously and realize that it is a privilege and not a burden.

Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Drax (Dave Bautista), Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) in

From left to right, Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Drax (Dave Bautista), Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) in a scene from Avengers: Infinity War by 2018. ”

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When you’ve played these giant Marvel superheroes and been in the biggest movie of all time, do you ever worry about people looking past that and accepting you in other roles?

Holland: I love Spider-Man so much that if people saw me as Spider-Man for the rest of my life, that wouldn’t bother me at all. Being Spider-Man is literally my dream come true. There’s an interview of me about 10 years ago on my first red carpet and someone says, “If you could be any superhero, who would you be?” And I say, “I would like to be Spider-Man after Andrew Garfield.” And it happened!

Pratt: It is inevitable that we will get to other things with the expectations of the audience. People look you in the face and take with them to the theater any baggage they have about the characters you have played or character flaws that you may have personally, if you have a different political opinion, if you have done something stupid in the press. Recently. Some people have mastered the art of hiding completely in plain sight and you never know who they are. I’ve never been like this. I am a little too open and talk too much. I am not calculated that way. It just isn’t natural for me.

We’ll see. I still owe dues on these franchises, but I’ve been in a position where I was pigeonholed before and I broke that mold when I made Star-Lord. [coming off of playing] Andy Dwyer in “Parks and Rec” or even playing Andy the jock type [jerks] who was playing before. And I still don’t think people really know who I am.

Since we’re on the topic of Marvel, let’s get one thing straight for the fans, Tom. How was Star-Lord able to dominate Spider-Man with relative ease and put him in a key when they first met in “Infinity War”?

Holland: [Smiling] Because I wanted Chris Pratt to hold me.

Pratt: Say ah!

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