Even the most charming of Hollywood charmers has a limit, and for Chris Pratt it’s taking photos with fans.
The “Guardians of the Galaxy” star is known as one of the friendliest guys around and a master of the selfie game in his own right, but the pressures of being a public figure are clearly getting to him.
“I’ve always been a pretty deferential, go-with-the-flow guy. But now I have to be economical with my time,” Pratt explained. “If I go out and want to do normal things, I have to be comfortable disappointing people.”
“I just don’t take pictures with people,” he added. “Because that’s not about enjoying the moment; it’s about stealing the moment to brag about later.”
Now, instead of posing for pictures, he bargains his adoring public down from a selfie to a good old fashioned handshake.
“So, I say, ‘Would you settle for a handshake?’ And then they take the picture anyway,” Pratt said.
For the 37-year-old actor, it seems fame has been a fickle thing. Remember, he’s just another blue-collar American guy with a couple of multi-million dollar movie franchises. Apparently, all he wants is to strike up a conversation with randoms on the street without the hassle.
“It’s tough sometimes, the amount of management you need to do on things you used to do spontaneously,” he revealed. “What I really miss is sitting down and talking to strangers who don’t know me, so we can discover each other. I’d say the majority of people I meet have an idea about me before they meet me. There’s something nice to being able to surprise somebody.”
For the record, we’ll take a handshake anytime.