Chris Pratt with Stephen Colbert: If Spotlight Shining on You Is Brighter Than Light in You, It Will Kill You

By Michael Morris | February 11, 2019 | 11:37am EST
Chris Pratt talks about sharing the light inside of you on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." (Screenshot)

Outspoken Christian actor Chris Pratt, known for his roles in “The Lego Movie,” “Jurassic World,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and also for his role in “Parks and Recreation,” went on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” last Thursday and discussed what it is like to be a celebrity and have the public eye on you, Pratt suggesting that if the spotlight shining on you is brighter than the light in you, it will kill you.

“[T]here’s this great quote that I actually heard in church, and it felt like it [was] really appropriate, which was, ‘If the spotlight that’s shining on you is brighter than the light that comes from within you, it’ll kill you,’” Chris Pratt told Stephen Colbert. “And you see it all the time.”

Chris Pratt’s remark came in response to a question from Stephen Colbert about what it is like being a celebrity, in the public eye. Pratt’s interview on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” came a day before the release of “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” and just a short while after Pratt finished partaking in a 21-day “Daniel Fast,” a biblically-based fast modeled after the diet of Daniel, Hananiah, Michael, and Azariah in the Old Testament Book of Daniel Chapter 1:8-14.

Below is a transcript of part of Chris Pratt’s interview with Stephen Colbert last Thursday:

Stephen Colbert: “We talked about this before when you were on here. And many people who are in the super hero movies, I want to say, are like, ‘How’d you get in the buff shape and all that kind of stuff,’ but you’ve taken it a step further. You’ve taken it beyond just lifting weights and like, you know, lean meats to something called ‘The Daniel Fast.’”

Chris Pratt: “Yes.”

Colbert: “What is ‘The Daniel Fast’?”

Pratt: “This is something I did just in Jan, this year. I just came off it a couple of days ago. It’s a 21-day fast that’s kinda, a lot of people are doing it. I did it through my church. It’s based on Daniel.

Colbert: “The Book of Daniel?”

Pratt: “The Book of Daniel.”

Colbert: “The prophet, Daniel?”

Pratt: “The prophet, Daniel. Yeah, from the Old Testament, the Book of Daniel. He was a guy who, you know, only ate fruits and vegetables and grains and didn’t have any leavened breads and didn’t have any animal products. So, I was inspired by my pastor. We do it. It’s kinda like our lent, you know – give something up. And so for 21 days, I had no meat, no sugar, no alcohol, and it was actually amazing; it was really cool.

“Oh, yeah. Thank you.

“If you know how much I drink, you know that 21 days—”

Colbert: “Is there— Is any part of the component being thrown into a lion’s den? Because that’s one of the few things I know about Daniel …”

Pratt: “Yes.”

Colbert: “… is that you throw me in with some lions and fight ’em, I’ll get in shape real fast.”

Pratt: “Sick cardio. Yeah, lion fighting is sick cardio. Yeah, for sure. That’s— We do that on the last day.”

Colbert: “Well, you’ve already controlled dinosaurs.”

Pratt: “Yeah, yeah. Lions are not that different.”

Colbert: “No.”

Pratt: “Yeah.”

Colbert: “Do you ever feel— Would you ever feel you’re in the lion’s den by being a celebrity in the public eye, with, you know, the people always trying to figure out what’s going on with Chris Pratt and the cameras pointing at you?

“You ever feel like you’re in the lion’s den, Chris Pratt?”

Pratt: “Ohhh. Yes, yeah, I suppose do.”

Colbert: “Yeah?”

Pratt: “Yeah, I do.”

Colbert: “Yeah?”

Pratt: “But if you know, if you guys haven’t read the Book of Daniel, go check it out. It’s pretty cool. But, you know, he lives, and—”

Colbert: “What? Give it away. Spoiler!”

Pratt: “I need to get better…”

Colbert: “And he lives. Why would we want to read it now?”

Pratt: “… I need to get better at promoting things.”

Colbert: “Uh-huh, yeah, sure.”

Pratt: “You do, you know. But I just recently—I wish I could remember who this quote is by. I’m going to post it after this because the name has slipped my mind right now. But there’s this great quote that I actually heard in church, and it felt like it [was] really appropriate, which was, ‘If the spotlight that’s shining on you is brighter than the light that comes from within you, it’ll kill you.’

“And you see it all the time.”

Colbert: “Wow. I like that.”

Pratt: “And people in our position, people that are actors, you see a lot, you know. It’s a real bright spotlight.”

Colbert: “If you don’t have enough of a self to share, then you can get swamped by the—”

Pratt: “If you don’t have a life— Well, sometimes just having a self to share is what kills you because there’s nothing left. So, you have to have a light to share. You have to have a light that, that’s just as bright as any of these lights, and then you can survive. Then you can save some of yourself and not give it all away, you know.”

Colbert: “Wow. I like that.”

Pratt: “Thanks, man.”

On his Twitter page, Chris Pratt posted a tweet, acknowledging that Christine Caine is where he got the “great quote” that he summarized on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Though, “[s]he said it better than I did,” Pratt admitted in the tweet.

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