Like many in Hollywood, Chris Pratt was hesitant to believe the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie could succeed, simply based on its premise and the general weirdness of its characters. In addition, both he and director James Gunn admitted that they were both pretty worried that their careers would be over if, as pundits predicted, the film turned out to be "Marvel's first bomb."
Pratt in particular was amazed that Marvel even opted to fund the project, noting "no one [in Hollywood] wants to gamble," and was surprised that they were willing to break from established norms to take a chance on a film with a wise-cracking bounty hunter raccoon and a lumbering sentient tree-man. "You don't make a movie with a talking tree," mused Pratt. "You don't spend this much money on a raccoon with a gun. For me, I was like, 'Oh, so this movie is going to bomb. Done. This is the end of my career.'"
More than $700 million and a heap of critical praise later, Pratt was the face of a franchise—and Gunn was one of Hollywood's hottest writer-directors. Pass the ammo, trash pandas!