Chris Pratt says tiny groups of vocal “wackos” on the right and left are fueling political division across the country.
“There is an illusion that we have become more partisan, but the truth if you look from what I understand is that there is a very small group of crazies on the right and a very small group of crazy left,” the “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Jurassic World: Dominion” star told ITK in a recent interview.
“Each of them kind of resonates with the mainstream media – whether it’s Fox or CNN – and often there’s political posturing, to try to get on Fox, or try to get on to MSNBC or CNN,” the 43-year-old actor said.
Pratt said there is a “big group in the middle” politically that “instead of moving right or left, is kind of moving up and down” and “becoming disenfranchised and disengaged from the political process”.
Non-partisans, he said, “feel like no one really represents them.”
Pratt said he and the team behind his latest project took him “a little bit” away from politics, refocusing Prime Video series “The Terminal List” on a psychological bite from 2018’s best-selling political thriller. same name it is based on, written by former Navy SEAL Jack Carr.
In Amazon’s original show, premiering Friday, Pratt plays James Reece, a Navy SEAL who must deal with his psychological trauma, national security fallout and the apparent ever-present threat from enemies after his platoon was ambushed during a secret international mission. .
“At the end of the day, it’s a story of a guy who has become a little disenfranchised with the complex and uses some of these insurgent tactics that he learns abroad and takes revenge on people who make decisions in air-conditioned offices,” said Pratt, who also served as executive producer of “The Terminal List” alongside Carr.
The series also stars Taylor Kitsch of “Friday Night Lights” fame as Reece’s best friend, as well as Constance Wu, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Patrick Schwarzenegger, and Riley Keough, among others.
Pratt, who just had his second daughter last month with wife Katherine Schwarzenegger, said that although the eight-episode series is fictional, there is a real threat that is fracturing the United States.
“I think we’re just finding ways to connect with each other, to understand that a lot of the division that’s being sown in this country is actually the result of foreign adversaries who are angry with us, who don’t like us,” the Minnesota-born artist said. said, slamming Russian “troll farms” who “on Twitter are trying to divide us as a nation.”
“At the end of the day, the way we could bridge that divide – because culture is upstream of politics – it’s just to create a kind of culture of unity that lives upstream of the politics that is becoming so popular. that politicians will innately just f——grab stick it out,” Pratt said.
Americans are capable of coming together, he insisted.
“I think we understand that we have a lot more in common than we think, that we’re coming back to common sense, kind of coming back to the middle and realizing that we can engage some of these people and it’s not all political “, did he declare. said.
“I think then we can kind of create a cultural wave that politicians will grab because it will become popular.”