You probably haven't heard of 'Guardian of the Galaxy's leading man Chris Pratt, but it'll be hard to escape him in the years to come.
Best known for playing the podgy, lazy but lovable Andy Dwyer on US comedy 'Parks and Recreation', he transformed himself for his first leading role into, let's be honest here, a total hunk.
So in one of his first interviews since starting filming, what does Pratt think of his bill-topping debut? "It'll be the 'Citizen Kane' of movies other than 'Citizen Kane'."
Not just an immensely charming actor, Pratt is also a hard-worker. He's currently filming the sixth season of 'Parks and Rec' in Los Angeles in between stints filming 'Guardians' in London. There's a lot of air travel involved.
Asked what filming has been like Pratt said: "It's been really great. It's hard to even put into words, especially for someone like me who has the vocabulary of a sixth-grader. It's been a real trip. There's a lot of super talented people working on it - artists.
"That's what I always loved about comic books as a kid, the drawings. I didn't ever read them that much. I wasn't too big into the stories, but I loved the artwork and the covers. I'd like to draw a lot as a kid myself. So to see that, as they did making these comic books, they've hired the best artists in the world to do the concept artwork and to design these worlds. It's so imaginative and so unreal."
This being a Marvel film, there's a possibility Pratt and his fellow Guardians (Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Vin Diesel as Groot and the as-of-yet uncast Rocket Racoon) will one day fight alongside the 'Iron Man's of that cinematic world.
"Man, that would be really cool. What's nice is that it is all the same universe. Because it falls under the Marvel umbrella, there is the possibility, just like in the comic books, that these stories could intersect."
It makes sense that one day they will, especially since Thanos, the bad guy seen in 'Avengers Assemble's credits will feature more heavily in 'Guardians' ahead of his stint as a universe-threatening mad titan whom the Avengers and friends must defeat - possibly in 'Avengers 3'.
'Guardians of the Galaxy' is being directed by James Gunn, whose previous work includes 'Slither' and 'Super'. Fans unanimously agreed we was the perfect candidate for the space-faring adventure starring a gun-toting racoon, but what does he bring to the set and tone of the movie?
"I think tone is the major thing we have to accomplish, a consistent tone, going from silly and comedic to high-stakes drama and action, and everything in between. It's really up to James, and I trust everything that he's doing. I think we're getting good stuff."
Pratt's on-(small)-screen wife, actress Aubrey Plaza, sat in on the interview and chimed in with her own question. Not a big comic book fan, her question was a simple one: "Do you get to have sex with an alien?"
"What!?" said Plaza (that was our reaction)
"A couple," says Pratt, who wouldn't give more details fearing his spoiler-conscious paymasters.
'Guardians of the Galaxy' is set for release on August 1, 2014.
Ben Skipper is a big Marvel nut and proud Whedonite. Impressed by what Marvel have done with their 'Avengers' films, he won't be truly satisfied until Mark Ruffalo's Hulk gets his own movie. Come on Marvel, make it happen already! You can follow Ben on Twitter @bskipper27.
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