Chris Pratt isn’t a typical Hollywood celebrity, and his colors were on display during Wednesday night’s premiere of The Terminal List.
The actor leads Amazon Prime’s new series about a former Navy SEAL officer who’s investigating the ambush of his platoon during a covert mission.
Chris didn’t expect to find a group of elderly veterans at the premiere, but he knew who they were and was excited to meet them.
The Associated Press asked him to explain:
“These are WWII veterans, and every year they take a pilgrimage back to Normandy. They are so happy to be here. It was a surprise to me; I didn’t know they were going to be here.”
“I’ve been following their story,” he said.
For Chris, their appearance was “an opportunity to kind of just catch up with them.”
“[W]hen I saw them, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, we’ve got to spend time together,’ you know? There’s not enough time in the world. Certainly on a press line, where everything’s fifteen-second bites. I’d like to sit down and really, really talk with them…”
The star made the effort. He shook hands and expressed gratitude to the men for their services. Chris said he wanted to “honor them for their great sacrifice.”
“Honor” seems a shrinking practice these days. Seniors are more likely to be treated with respect than ever before. Honoring those who came before us isn’t conducive to a “me first” America.
And a TikTok generation surely has no concept of what “sacrifice” looked like in 1941.
Chris is a man who clearly holds old-school values. And he has a history of saluting the nation’s servicemembers:
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Chris attended the premier sharedHe respects the Armed Forces as a whole:
“I have an absolute affinity for our Navy SEAL community, for our men and women in uniform, and especially for our special operators and all they go through and all they sacrifice.”
During footage of a photo setup at the event, he can be heard looking out for “our veterans”:
Chris Pratt, Patrick Schwarzenegger and Constance Wu walked the red carpet in Hollywood at the launch of Amazon Prime’s big new show, ‘The Terminal List’ pic.twitter.com/mIdwZ5RwgS
— Reuters (@Reuters) June 23, 2022
Chris called the senior vets a “wonderful group of extraordinary men of the greatest generation.”
“You look fantastic. You’re sharp. … Thank you,” he toldOne gentleman.
— Variety (@Variety) June 23, 2022
Hollywood could be such a beautiful place if there were more grace and respect. Similar sentiments could be applied to the larger world.
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