Chris Pratt, Taylor Kitsch’s message to Indian fans: He made The Terminal List with you in mind

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“The Terminal List” stars Chris Pratt and Taylor Kitsch say they are fascinated by India’s “extraordinary food and culture” and hope to visit the country one day.

While Pratt enjoys a huge following in India thanks to Marvel Studio’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies and the popular TV show “The Office,” Kitsch is well known for his performances in the action movies “John Carter” and “Battleship”.

“To all our friends and fans in India, we love you. You were on our minds when we were doing ‘The Terminal List’. We hope you enjoy this work of art, we worked very hard on it. We made it for you,” Pratt told PTI in a Zoom interview from Los Angeles.

The American actor said that he hopes to come to India soon.

“We can’t wait to come and see you all very soon, and share your extraordinary culture, your great food and fashions, your wonderful people,” he added.

Kitsch, who joined Pratt for the interview, has a similar wish.

“I would love to come to India, explore it and integrate into its culture. I am fascinated by it. I hope one day that (wish) can come true,” he added.

Based on the best-selling novel by Jack Carr, “The Terminal List” follows James Reece (Pratt) after his entire platoon of US Navy SEALs is ambushed during a high-stakes undercover mission.

“Reece returns home to his family with conflicting memories of the event and questions about his guilt. However, as new evidence comes to light, Reece discovers dark forces working against her, endangering not only her life, but also the lives of those she loves,” reads the official plot of the series.

Kitsch plays the role of Ben Edwards, a former US Navy SEAL now working for the CIA. He uses his intelligence access to help Reece.

Both Pratt and Kitsch have played uniformed men in several previous films, but it was the originality of the source material that drew them to the project.

Prattwho also serves as a producer on “The Terminal List,” said author Carr’s experience as a US Navy SEAL gave the show a realistic edge.

“I loved the originality of the book, the authenticity of the point of view of the author, who is a former Navy SEAL.

“I was really intrigued by the opportunity to try something that would be a bit of a surprise to the audience, something different than what I had done before. I saw it as an opportunity to challenge myself as an actor, but also to get into the world of being a producer and bring a book to the screen. That was a big challenge,” said the actor, whose last release was “Jurassic World: Dominion.”

It’s always “flattering” to be involved with the military community in any way, Kitsch added.

“I loved Jack Carr’s novel… These characters and this plot in this psychological thriller, it’s very original. Going to work with him (Pratt), breathing in this brotherhood relationship that really is a driving force of the whole show until the last hit (was the reason) I jumped at the chance,” he said.

Once back home, James Reece, Pratt’s character, is seen struggling with survivor’s guilt as he tries to piece together what went wrong during the mission.

While there has been an “increased awareness” of mental health-related issues, one is often used to seeing the issue prominently featured in movies, Pratt said.

“I hope to think that our understanding will rise. But I often feel like it’s a simple thing to add a character who’s come home from war without really addressing the realities of the situations.

“Often what we learn about post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury or resonant trauma from war is through television and movies,” he said.

This is where, Pratt said, the series benefited immensely from real-life war veterans Carr, co-producer and former US Navy SEAL Jerrod Shaw, and Max Adams, a former US Army Ranger. the US, as part of the newsroom.

“What I really loved about ‘The Terminal List’ is that we’ve brought, both in front of and behind the screen, a multitude of men who have been to war.

“These men have gone to war abroad, so their views have been told from an honest place and in a much more humane way that I think are portrayed on film simply by people writing from the experience of having seen the war on TV, not in real life,” he added.

The world is becoming “more mindful” about mental health, Kitsch said.

“Trying to numb it with pills is not the best way to go. So I love that he has a progressive stance,” said the Canadian actor.

“The Terminal List” also stars Constance Wu, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Riley Keough, Arlo Mertz, Jai Courtney, JD Pardo, Patrick Schwarzenegger, LaMonica Garrett, Stephen Bishop, Sean Gunn, Tyner Rushing, Jared Shaw, Christina Vidal, Nick Chinlund , Matthew Rauch, Warren Kole, Alexis Louder, Arturo Castro, Marco Rodríguez, among others.

It is executive produced by Pratt and Jon Schumacher via Indivisible Productions, Antoine Fuqua via Fuqua Films, and writer/executive producer David DiGilio.

Carr serves as executive producer along with writer Daniel Shattuck.

“The Terminal List” is a co-production of Amazon Studios and Civic Center Media in association with MRC Television.

The series will premiere on Prime Video on July 1.


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