Chris Pratt Surprises Deployed Service Members for Father’s Day With Sneak Peek of New Movie ‘The Tomorrow War’

June 18, 2021

By Kat Lincks 

In honor of Father’s Day this upcoming Sunday, actor Chris Pratt virtually surprised deployed service members with a sneak peek of his film ‘The Tomorrow War.’  

As seen in a video exclusive with PEOPLE, Pratt offered four active Army members and their families a private screening of his upcoming movie. Additionally, their families back home will be provided dinner on behalf of the studio. 

“We got a special treat for you,” Pratt was quoted saying in his video call. “We’re going to give you guys, your families at least, a special dinner and a sneak peek of the movie that y’all can watch together.” He then added, “That’s coming from us to you with a tremendous amount of love and gratitude for your service.”

Unfortunately for the deployed service members, Pratt was unable to provide dinner. “You’re going to have to eat the same old stuff you probably always eat,” he told them with a light chuckle. “But your families are going to get treated to a really special meal.”

This surprise gift was Pratt’s way of wishing active Army members a very special Father’s Day. The thought behind it was to enable families to spend the holiday together, despite the fact that they’re physically separated by hundreds of miles. 

The 41-year-old actor has never been one to shy away from his American patriotism and has even been spotted wearing an American Flag Hoodie! Back in 2015, Pratt posted a video of himself and his 2-year-old son reciting the Pledge of Allegiance on his front porch while facing the American flag. More recently, he shared a powerful Memorial Day sentiment on Instagram, detailing all of the good that American servicemen (and women) have accomplished throughout history, and thanking them for giving us the “most free and decent society planet Earth has ever seen.” This past Flag Day, June 14, Pratt posted a video of himself on Instagram freefalling with the esteemed Navy Parachute Team— dubbed the “Leap Frogs.” He wrote in his post, "Every American regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or political leaning is protected and free to be themselves in this great country."

Pratt has indicated that this is close to his heart and personal. He told the service members and their families that his brother is a veteran and currently a police officer so he truly understands the sacrifices and hardships of military service. He then thanked those who served, stating that “My favorite part of this life that I've been blessed to be able to live and lead is to be able to openly show support for our men and women in uniform. You mean the world to me, I mean that.”