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Chris Pratt has seen firsthand how swiftly "divine" intervention can change a person's life.
The 37-year-old "Passengers" star and Vanity Fair cover boy opened up about his rise from door-to-door salesman to box-office king in the February issue of the magazine.
"I was selling coupons for things like oil changes or trips to a spa,” said Pratt, who described being "great" at knocking on doors in Lake Stevens, Washington, where he grew up.
The salesman's life, it turns out, helped Pratt prepare for an acting career of auditions and rejections.
"That’s why I believe in God and the divine,” said Pratt. “I feel like it was perfectly planned. People talk about rejection in Hollywood. I’m like, ‘You’re outta your f------ mind. Did you ever have someone sic their dog on you at an audition?”
Later, Pratt moved to Hawaii and worked in a Bubba Gump Shrimp restaurant, where he waited on Hollywood star Rae Dawn Chong, who cast him in the 2000 low-budget comedy "Cursed Part 3."
"Guardians of the Galaxy" brought mega box-office stardom in 2014, the same year Pratt lost his father, Dan, a former miner who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when Pratt was a teen.
Pratt described his father as "beyond wanting to accept help."
“If left untreated, (M.S.) can be devastating, and he left it untreated. For a couple of years he had symptoms, I think, but didn’t say anything," Pratt said, adding that his dad sometimes wore an eye patch and lied about getting something in his eye at work, rather than admit he had double vision.
Pratt's father enjoyed watching him on NBC's "Parks and Recreation," and his success brought the two closer together.
“He watched a lot of TV in his final years. That’s pretty much all he did, just sat in front of a TV," he said. "So, yeah, I think it made him proud and it was cool that I got to find some way to connect with him, because he was a hard man to connect with.”