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'Guardians of the Galaxy's' Chris Pratt says father-in-law Arnold Schwarzenegger's support is 'mind-blowing'

Ahead of the release of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” the film’s leading star Chris Pratt is opening up about the support he has received in resuming his role in the Marvel Universe.

No support is quite like that of his father-in-law, action star and former governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger

“Arnold’s support means the world to me on a couple different levels. Just being his son-in-law and being part of his family, it obviously means a lot to have his support,” Pratt shared with People magazine.

Pratt is married to Schwarzenegger’s eldest child, Katherine, whom he shares with ex-wife Maria Shriver. 

Arnold Schwarzenegger looks off in the distance, appearing stoic in a black shirt split Chris Pratt in a black suit and mauve shirt smirks on the red carpet

Chris Pratt shared that his father-in-law Arnold Schwarzenegger’s support “means a lot.” (Mario Tama/Laurent Viteur)


“But then on another level, just being somebody who grew up loving his movies, the big action hero — I dreamed of being ‘Commando’ and dreamed of being the soldier from ‘Predator,’ and I loved ‘Terminator,'” he said.

Arnold Schwarzenegger holding a weapon in a scene from "Terminator," where he is wearing a brown leather jacket

Chris Pratt noted he’s a fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s movies, including “The Terminator.” (Sunset Boulevard/Corbis)


“So for him to give me kudos for going out and being on the marquee is really kind of mind-blowing,” Pratt added.

Last week, Schwarzenegger gave his stamp of approval on Pratt’s performance in the film, sharing to Twitter that Pratt “crushed it.” 

“A non-stop, perfect mix of comedy and action. I loved it and I’m very, very proud of you,” he wrote.

This is not the first time Schwarzenegger has showered his son-in-law with compliments. While appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last year, the former governor called Pratt a “fantastic guy” and “a great son-in-law.”

Pratt has been busy promoting the third installment of the film series, appearing with Katherine just last week at the premiere in Los Angeles. The movie, set to bow Friday, stars Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel and many others.

Given it is reportedly the last “Guardians” film, Pratt is confident his tight-knit cast will stay close. 

Karen Gillan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, James Gunn, Pom Klementieff and Vin Diesel stand behind a fence and look out to the crowd at a European gala event at the Avengers Campus in Disneyland Paris while promoting "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3"

Chris Pratt believes he will stay in touch with his “Guardians of the Galaxy” family, despite this latest release being the last movie in the franchise. (Julien Hekimian)

“I know the text threads will keep going and stay strong. We’ll be checking in on each other, like marriages and families and all the life things that happen. We’ll be there for each other,” he said.

Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt in a silver dress with pink detail smiles on the red carpet with husband Chris Pratt in a purple/brown checkered suit, lilac button-down and dark tie

Chris Pratt and his wife Katherine attended the premiere of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” in Los Angeles last week. (Gilbert Flores/Variety)


Pratt, 43, admitted that Katherine’s favorite film of his is actually not from the Marvel franchise, but is from way back in his acting career.

“Her favorite movie is ‘Bride Wars,’” he admitted. The 2009 film stars Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway. “She calls that ‘true cinema.’ And I think that might be one of the only movies of mine she’s seen,” he noted.

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