Chris Pratt is no stranger to living out of a suitcase. He travels the world making movies most of the year, filming in such locations as Jordan, the Canadian Rocky Mountains and Hawaii.
Basking in the global success of the star-studded film Avengers: Endgame, Pratt was most recently in Hong Kong to help launch the new range of Tumi luggage, a brand he has used for over a decade.
Pratt adheres to the packing hack of rolling, not folding, his clothes. But he admits he sometimes doesn’t actually prepare his own suitcase: “the truth is I’ve not always been great at packing, it helps that my fiancée (Katherine Schwarzenegger) is… she helps me pack.”
Asked what items he never leaves home without, Pratt names something old, something new, something sentimental and something very mulitcoloured:
“I like to take a note from my son (six-year-old Jack Pratt) or a toy of his; I bring a Bible; my necklace that I wear everywhere; my laptop and a Rubik’s Cube.”
Wait – a Rubik’s Cube? Turns out Pratt is a ‘cuber’ and uses the 1970s 3D puzzle game for mental and practical reasons.
“I’m a fan of the Rubik’s Cube, it forces me to use a part of my brain that is a really nice part of my brain to use – if I don’t use that part of my brain for a Rubik’s Cube, then my brain starts doing crazy things,” he says, adding that he can complete one in less than three minutes.
“I can play with [one] for literally for 10 hours straight without stopping and that part of my brain doesn’t have thoughts like: ‘Aren’t you bored?’ or anxiety or fear. When I’m on the Rubik’s Cube I’m hyper-focused and totally Zen.
“I [also] use [it] to help me memorise my lines because I study [them] in very small chunks of one or two lines. Once I have those memorised, I go to the Rubik’s Cube and play with that for a little bit and then I go back and learn the next two lines. That way, I can break a two- or three-page scene with, say, 30 lines, into 10 three-line lessons and I interrupt each of those with going to a different part of my brain so it’s a helpful tool.”
Pratt recently reprised his role as Star-Lord in Avengers: Endgame, the latest film in the Marvel cinematic universe, which broke box office records by taking $1 billion worldwide when it was released in cinemas last month. Asked which of his Avengers co-stars packs the most baggage, Pratt laughs.
“I believe it’s Drax (played by Dave Bautista). If I remember correctly in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 he carries a whole bunch of bags with him… weirdly because he has no shirts!”