Chris Pratt reckons every dad ‘fantasizes’ about what they’d do if ‘someone ever f**ked with their kids’
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Chris Pratt believes any dad 'fantasises' about what they'd do in a situation if 'someone ever f**ked with their kids'.
And as a dad-of-three, he's come up with his own theory of why his series The Terminal List seems to hit home with its audience - and in particular, with fellow fathers.
The first season of the show premiered last summer and Pratt both produced and starred in it as lead James Reece, a man trying to protect his family.
Although it's been renewed for a second season, The Terminal List divided critics and audiences with an impressive 95 percent audience score and just 39 percent for the critics score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Pratt told Men's Journal: "Some critic said something like it was an 'unhinged revenge fantasy.'
"And, to be honest, that’s exactly what it is in a way."
Pratt says this is where the appeal of the series comes in. He continued: "I mean if I was put through the situations that James was in, I would probably do the same f**king thing.
"I think that's why those storylines resonate so strongly with fathers."
The actor compares his series to Liam Neeson's iconic role in Taken, another dad trying to protect his family, explaining why it's 'such a hit'.
"Us dads are just like, “Yes! Get ‘em! Use that special set of skills,'" he says.
"I think every dad secretly fantasises about what they would do if someone ever f**ked with their kids. Your partner sees you staring off into the distance and says, 'Honey, what are you thinking about?'
"And you say, 'Oh, nothing.' But what you’re really thinking is, Where's the duct tape and how deep is the trunk? I think that’s most dads.
"Or maybe that’s just me and I’m revealing something here! But as someone who’s talked to a lot of dads, I think we all ask ourselves what we would do."
As well as allowing him to connect better with his audience of dads, Pratt reckons being one himself has actually made him a better actor too.
"That level of responsibility opens up a whole new cavern of emotional potential. What would you do to save them? What would happen to you mentally if you lost them?" he says.
"That instinct you have to protect them— those are all things you can try to fake, but it doesn’t really come close to what you have access to when you've lived it.
"For me, having kids is what it’s all about, and how it’s benefitted me as an actor is a pleasant byproduct."
You can watch The Terminal List on Amazon Prime.