We all have little signs and indicators from our childhoods predicting what we grew up to be. If you're a writer, it could be a "book" you stapled together and tried to sell to your parents. If you're an athlete, it could be a picture of you trying to hold a basketball that's way too big for you. If you're a programmer, it could be the toy computer you banged on until the keyboard broke. If you're Chris Pratt, it could be that time you used your bingo winnings to buy a whole bunch of comic books.
Pratt was on The Tonight Show Thursday to promote the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and host Jimmy Fallon revealed a recent photo of the Infinity War and Guardians of the Galaxy star holding a comic book. Not just any comic book, though: the first issue of The Infinity Gauntlet miniseries published by Marvel Comics in 1991.
According to Pratt, he was always a big comics fan as a kid, but he could never afford to buy them on his own, and he wanted to be like his friends who collected first issues of popular comics, believing that if he held on to those #1 issues he could one day sell them for a lot of money (because The '90s). That desire led to one fateful night at the bingo parlor with his mother.
"I went to bingo with my mom, as one does. Accompanied Mom to the gamblin' hall, and she let me play, and I picked my own numbers," he said. "For one game, the Pick 8, I could play, and I won $300, and I went and I spent it all on comic books. Just blew the entire check, and I got all these number ones, including this one right here, The Infinity Gauntlet, which is like a really crucial story element in the Infinity War film. So my brother dug that up, and he was 'Dude, did you know we have... you bought that comic book when you were a kid!'"
So, there you have it. Pratt was always meant to face Thanos on the big screen, because he won that bingo game and bought that comic. That's not even the end of Pratt's weird real-life encounters with the Gauntlet, though. The next part of the story, as told in the video above, involves an MMA match, a triumphant fighter... and rapper 50 Cent. Check it out and you'll see just how strange Chris Pratt's life can get.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is in theaters June 22.