"I said, ‘No, no, no!’. We went through a lot of people, and we saw a lot of really good actors. I was looking for somebody who inhabited the role, but really went beyond it, like Robert Downey Jr. for Iron Man."
Eventually, the casting director essentially slipped Pratt in.
"He was maybe reading for 20 seconds, and I went, ‘Holy God.’ He was the one, I just knew it.”