Saturday, April 25, 2015

Chris Pratt Reveals On Reddit That His 'Parks And Rec' Character Smoked A Lot Of Weed

Well, Andy Dwyer was a secret pothead.

Chris Pratt revealed as much when he took to Reddit on Friday for an Ask Me Anything session. During the Q&A, Pratt opened up about his roles in "Parks and Recreation," "Jurassic Park" and "Guardians of the Galaxy," and got candid about his personal life. Read on for the most interesting revelations.


1. Pratt's "Parks and Rec" character Andy Dwyer was a big weed smoker.
When asked what Andy Dwyer/Johnny Karate/Burt Macklin would be doing right now, Pratt said they all had one common interest:
Here's something you might not have known about those characters. They smoked a lot of weed. they'd probably be doing that right now.

2. Pratt and Peter Quill, his "Guardians of the Galaxy" character, are very similar:
Quill and I are basically the same person. We were born in the same year. We loved the same movies. The same music. If I were kidnapped at 10, taken to space and based my ideology on the pop culture of 1979-1989 I would be Peter Quill.

3. Pratt loves Arya Stark:
I am a huge "Game of Thrones" fan. I love Arya Stark the most.

4. Pratt's marriage to Anna Faris is like a fairy tale:
Anna and I are meant to be together. Our relationship has made me believe in divine intervention and destiny, just as much as my crazy career and the way I fell into this life. She and I grew up 20 minutes away from each other but never met until we met in LA. We both got our start in horror spoofs. We both did an animated movie for Phil Lord and Chris Miller. We both made our careers playing guileless nitwits for laughs. We both have parents that have suffered with MS. The similarities go on and on. Anna is a great wife. Very patient and understanding. Very supportive. So kind and genuine always. And she gave me a wonderful son and family of in laws that I truly love.

5. Pratt's favorite dinosaur is the velociraptor:
They are pack hunters and super cool. But also I love the Mosasaur. That's the water dinosaur thing from the trailer that is SO FUCKING BADASS! Funny story, before I got Jurassic Park I gave James Gunn a wrap gift of an authentic Mosasaur Jawbone Fossil. So basically I can control the future.

6. The "Jurassic Park" films offer something different than the book:
Movies have a hard time of capturing the grittiness of a novel. Whereas novels have a hard time being done in an hour and a half. This is not a reboot. It plays as a sequel 21 years after the events of the first movie. And it deals with society's relationship with science and how much it has changed over the past couple decades. We are no longer impressed by magical and wonderful things. Imagine if dinosaurs were back, and had been around for 21 years, would anyone think they're cool anymore?

To see more of the star's responses, head over to Reddit.

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Dog That Looks Like Steve Buscemi Highlights The Problem With Famous Pets

A Los Angeles rescue dog has skyrocketed to Internet fame due to what some claim is a resemblance to actor Steve Buscemi.

Jezebel writer Natasha Vargas-Cooper was the first to thrust the canine, a young female beagle and pug mix named Ari, into the national spotlight. Beth Lavigne, the director of Go Dog Safe Paws, the rescue group caring for Ari, is grateful for the attention, but says it's been a mixed blessing.

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Photo: Go Dog Safe Paws.

Go Dog Safe Paws is a nonprofit rescue group that pulls animals in need out of high-kill shelters. Lavigne told The Huffington Post that the group took Ari -- who workers estimate is around 9 months old -- because it feared her underbite might prevent her from getting quickly adopted at the Los Angeles County shelter.

Ari spends her nights with various Go Dog Safe Paws volunteers, and during the day she stays at a doggie day care also operated by Lavigne. Vargas-Cooper, who met Ari because her dog attends that same day care, wanted to bring attention to the adorable pup's need for a home.

Photo: Go Dog Safe Paws.

After the Jezebel article was published Monday, pictures of Ari quickly began popping up on sites from all over the world.

Lavigne says that there are both upsides and downsides to Ari’s popularity. On one hand, she’s happy that the playful, friendly dog is finally getting the attention she deserves. Lavigne told HuffPost that before the Jezebel article, Ari was by far the least-viewed dog on Go Dog Safe Paws' adoption site.

“I thought, what is wrong with people?” Lavigne said. “She’s, like, the cutest dog I’ve ever seen.”

Photo: Go Dog Safe Paws.

On the other hand, Lavigne says she’s now “inundated” with calls and emails from people who want to adopt Ari, but who are off the table based on their location. She stressed that she will only consider Los Angeles-area homes for Ari -- and the rest of Go Dog Safe Paw's dogs -- because the group always does a home check before letting any of its animals get adopted.

Photo: Go Dog Safe Paws.

Lavigne urges those who are interested in Ari, but live too far away to adopt her, consider shelter animals in their area. She said people often become set on adopting a well-known animal, while neglecting to consider the many other animals in need nationwide.

“There are hundreds of thousands of dogs just like Ari that need homes,” she said.

Sherry Silk, executive director of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, spoke with HuffPost about a similar issue in January. When Bart, the “zombie cat” who reportedly “rose from the grave” after a car accident, made national news, Silk's shelter was overwhelmed with calls from people around the country expressing interest in adopting Bart. Silk told HuffPost that she urged many of the interested parties to adopt another shelter cat in Bart’s honor.

Photo: Go Dog Safe Paws.

Lavigne also noted that some people have gotten the wrong impression, and mistakenly believe Ari is living a sad and lonely life. While Lavigne does want Ari to find her “forever home,” she made it clear that Ari’s current situation is a happy one, with lots of social time with humans and other dogs.

“She is happy and loved and cared for and living the life,” Lavigne said. “She is very ‘puppy’, she loves to play, she loves to wrestle and romp with other dogs. She absolutely loves the ball.”

For the record, Lavigne said she never noticed any similarity between Ari and the award-winning Buscemi prior to the Jezebel story. In fact, Go Dog Safe Paws made a fake movie poster highlighting the dog's resemblance to another Internet-famous animal.

"I think she looks more like Grumpy Cat, to be honest," Lavigne said.

Photo: Go Dog Safe Paws via Facebook

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Missing Women Survive 2 Weeks Trapped In SUV Eating Girl Scout Cookies

CRISP POINT, Mich. (AP) — Two sisters say they survived in a remote part of Michigan's Upper Peninsula on love for their family, melted snow and the Girl Scout cookies and cheese puffs they had in their snow-crippled SUV.

Leslie Roy and Lee Marie Wright said in a statement Saturday that "through the days and nights while in the woods" those and other things helped them "to stay alive for 13 long days." The 52-year-old Roy from Nebraska and 56-year-old Wright from Oklahoma were found Friday by a police helicopter pilot who noticed a reflection off their SUV.

The area has no cellphone service.

The sisters got stuck about 3 miles from Lake Superior after visiting relatives. They wore layers of clothing and drank melted snow during the ordeal.

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