- Title: As "The Tomorrow War" debuts online, Chris Pratt wants mobile phones off
- Date: 28th June 2021
- Summary: UNIDENTIFIED FILMING LOCATION (JUNE 7, 2021) (REUTERS VIA ZOOM) (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTOR AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, CHRIS PRATT AND ACTOR, EDWIN HODGE, SAYING: Chris Pratt: "What we ask for is your undivided attention." Edwin Hodge: "Turn your phone off." Chris Pratt: "It would be great to get that." Edwin Hodge: "Turn it off." Chris Pratt: "Turn the lights down, try to simulate the film experience. Give yourself that gift, honestly, because when you're paying the money to go to the theater, that's really what you're buying, is you're buying a two hour escape from your phone and I think you can give yourself that at home if you're a little bit disciplined. Just turn your phone off, turn the lights on and turn the volume up as loud as you can go and get lost and allow yourself for two hours to be swept up in this story." Edwin Hodge: "Just two hours out of your day. Just two. It's not a long time. You've got 22 other hours to look at your phone. That's it."
- Embargoed: 12th July 2021 22:38
- Keywords: Amazon Chris Pratt The Tomorrow War action blockbuster cinemas mobile phones streaming time travel
- Location: UNIDENTIFIED FILMING LOCATIONS
- City: UNIDENTIFIED FILMING LOCATIONS
- Country: USA
- Topics: Arts/Culture/Entertainment,Film,United States
- Reuters ID: LVA002EJGDOB1
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: As aliens plan to destroy the world, a ragtag team of earthlings travels to the future to stop them.
In "The Tomorrow War," Chris Pratt plays a young father who is drafted for the mission in a blockbuster originally meant for release in theaters by Paramount Pictures. Instead it was sold to Amazon for a rumored $200 million.
Pratt wants audiences to experience it in the best way possible at home, which means turning off their mobile phones.
"Give yourself that gift, honestly," Pratt told Reuters via Zoom. "When you're paying the money to go to the theater... you're buying a two-hour escape from your phone and I think you can give yourself that at home if you're a little bit disciplined."
As Pratt's character, Dan Forester, fights vicious man-eating aliens, he discovers he will die in a few years anyway.
"I've spent 20 years preparing to be an actor in this type of a movie but if I actually had to be a person in this story, I'm completely ill-equipped. I don't know what I'd do at all," Pratt said.
Pratt also played a new role, as executive producer of the production.
"It's definitely a learning process and to learn on a film of this proportion is daunting, but I found that I was surrounded by good people and that it was precisely the scale and the scope of this film that sold me on it."
"The Tomorrow War" begins streaming on Amazon on July 2.
(Production: Rollo Ross)
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