On Monday night in New York, Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt, who plays Peter “Star-Lord” Quill in the film, made a return visit to Earth to surprise kids and their families from Variety the Children’s Charity of New York and fellow charity Children of Promise. The visit came directly following the credits of an early screening of the film that received cheers, applause, and galactic-level praise from the audience.
The screening was the next in a series co-presented by Disney, Marvel Studios, and the NY Daily News, who also arranged one-on-one time with Pratt for one lucky kid from each charity (more on that in their story at the preceding link). Pratt notably stayed in the theater and told his security/PR handlers to just wait it out, as he took selfies with every single kid in the theater, chatted, and answered questions for fans.
But before all of that, Pratt came out and gave the kids an inspiring speech. He was noticeably touched to have the chance to talk to some kids, especially those who were underprivileged. “In life, it’s okay to be yourself. It’s okay to be exactly who you are.” Pratt explained the difference between bravery and courage, and told the kids that courage, “being scared but still doing the right thing,” is what they should be aspiring to. “If you stick to your path, and you believe in yourself, you can grow up to be your own Star-Lord.”
During the Q&A from his new young fans, Pratt revealed that Rocket is his favorite character in the movie (accepting Star-Lord, of course). The actor also praised Marvel Studios and its “core group of executives” as being “a really wonderful company to work for. It’s not like they have the baggage of all these projects that haven’t worked – everything they’ve done has worked. It’s a really positive environment, and it’s kind of the best studio to work for!”
He also teased the sequel, and said he’ll be glad to be working with the cast and crew again as they “really became a family” on set. In an adorable send-off, a very young fan asked Pratt if Rocket and Groot were real. He explained to the fan that they were animated, but it was fine if they were real to her.