At the recent press conference for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, star Chris Pratt got very real on being objectified in movies.
Obviously, there have been a ton of shirtless scenes in Guardians, which Pratt says he’s grateful for because of the fat paycheck it comes with.
“We are objects. It’s true, we are. We’re props. They shine a light on us, they paint us up with makeup, and they take a camera and point it at us. Half the time, what ruins it is us talking.”
“I would say that objectification is good for me because when I turned my body into an object that people liked, I got paid a lot of money. My kids can go to college because I’m an object.”
But even at the same time, Chris Pratt knows the gravity of his words. He knows that he can enjoy being objectified because as a man, it doesn’t come with the long history of sexism.
“As a man, I can say that. I have to be careful because for generations — for millennia — women have been objectified in a way where there’s a pretty horrifying past. So that’s a little bit different, and there probably is what you’d call a double standard, but I think you have to deal with them separately because there’s a history of objectification [with women] that is a sensitive issue.”
At that point, the director James Gunn chimed in, clarifying,
“It’s not about being sexually attractive or thought of as a beautiful object. It’s about the fact that many women in films today are reduced to being only that. When Chris Pratt looks beautiful onscreen, or Chris Evans looks beautiful onscreen … in all honesty, people take that in [stride] and then they still go, ‘But what’s that guy like? What’s his personality?’”
Pratt and Gunn really hit the nail on the head: for men they can be objectified and yet at the same time be multidimensional. Yet for women, this has not been portrayed as the case. Women in the media and in movies are so often presented as one-dimensional creatures whose only purpose is to provide men with sex. This is something that Guardians has tried actively to avoid. The film stars female actresses Zoe Saldana and Karen Gillan, and Gunn has tried hard to present them as “full characters.”
We’re excited to see what Gunn and Pratt have produced. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 comes out May 5.