Chris Pratt has some brilliant, devout and hilarious words of wisdom for all his young fans.
The handsome star was honoured with the Generation Award at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards, which aired on Monday, presented to him by his “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” co-star, Bryce Dallas Howard, and his onscreen “Parks and Recreation” wife, Aubrey Plaza.
During his acceptance speech, he expressed his love for both presenters and shared special thanks to friends, family, colleagues and especially his 5-year-old son, Jack.
From there, he outlined what he called his “Nine Rules From Chris Pratt, Generation Award Winner,” giving his young fans, and all of those who make up the next generation, some brilliant, hilarious guidelines to live their lives by.
“Being the Generation Award I’m going to cut to the chase and I’m going to speak to you, the next generation, OK? I accept the responsibility as your elder,” Pratt said, before breaking down his simple rules.
“No. 1, breathe. If you don’t, you’ll suffocate,” Pratt quipped. “No. 2, you have a soul, be careful with it. No. 3, don’t be a turd. In this real world it is illegal to slap people, [but] don’t take advantage of that fact. If you’re strong, be a protector, and if you’re smart, be a humble influencer. Strength and intelligence can be weapons, and do not wield them against the weak — that makes you a bully.”
“No. 4, when giving a dog medicine, put the medicine in a little piece of hamburger. They won’t even know they’re eating the medicine,” he continued, deftly mixing humour with emotion and wisdom. “No. 5, it doesn’t matter what it is, earn it. It feels good. Five bucks earned is better than 10 bucks given to you, every time. If you feel like crap, look at your life, what you have that you didn’t earn. Do something to earn it. A good deed, reach out to someone in pain, be of service. It feels good and it’s good for your soul.”
Pratt also shared a bit of his deeply held faith with his life rules, especially with rule No. 6: “God is real, God loves you, God wants the best for you. Believe that. I do.”
“No. 7, if you have to poop at a party but you’re embarrassed because you’re gonna stink up the bathroom, just do what I do and lock the door, sit down, get all the pee out first, OK? And then, once all the pee is done, poop, flush, boom! You minimize the amount of time that the poop is touching the air, because if you poop first, it takes you longer to pee and then you’re peeing on top, then it’s stirring up,” Pratt added, to gales of laughter from the audience. “Just trust me, it’s science.”
“No. 8, learn to pray. It’s easy and it’s so good for your soul. You just close your eyes, you list off people for which you are grateful, ask for protection for the people you love,” Pratt shared. “Don’t be embarrassed by it, you let people see you do it, it’s good for their soul, too.”
While Pratt has always spoken of inclusiveness and acceptance when discussing his religious beliefs, the actor has received some criticism in the past — like when he tweeted that he would be “praying his a** off” for Kevin Smith following the director’s heart attack in May.
Despite getting heat online for encouraging fans to pray for Smith, both the “Clerks” director and James Gunn, who helmed the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, came out in support of the well-meaning star.
“I think my love language is quality time, so when we can sit down and just be together and spend time together, just me and him,” Pratt said of Jack, whom he shares with his ex-wife, Anna Faris. “That’s probably when I’m the happiest and when he looks up to me the most.”
Check out the video below for more heart-melting adorableness from the proud dad and Generation Award winner.