Chris Pratt showed off his bulked up bod on Instagram the other day, posting a shirtless photo of himself with the caption, “Six months no beer. #GOTG Kinda douchey to post this but my brother made me.”

Pratt, who currently stars on the NBC sitcom, Parks and Recreation, with Amy Poehler, is getting in shape for his upcoming role in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, in which he plays the lead role of Peter Quill / Star-Lord.

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Pratt has been known to lose (and gain) weight for roles over the past few years. First, he got in tip-top shape to play a member of Seal Team Six in last year’s Zero Dark Thirty, only to gain around sixty pounds for his next role in the upcoming Vince Vaughn comedy, Delivery Man. Whether gaining or losing weight, the process seems to be equally horrible.

“I’ve lost a little bit of it, but it was hard. It was probably just as hard as losing weight. You wouldn’t believe it, but it is. It’s the same principle: it’s all about pain,” Pratt said on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno back in December.

Guardians of the Galaxy begins filming this summer and is set for release in August 2014, but its place in the Marvel cannon remains a mystery, with fans wondering whether or not it will somehow tie into Avengers 2, set for release in 2015.

Joss Whedon, the man behind Avengers, hinted that Guardians of the Galaxy characters would not be featured in the next Avengers film.

“We’re following Guardians at Shepperton [Studios, with Avengers 2] but we won’t be swapping cast members. Every movie is its own thing and has to be. Unless I take a lot of peyote and write a very different draft… and I’m not ruling that out,” Whedon said according to

However, James Gunn (Slither), who will be directing Guardians of the Galaxy, seems certain that the two films will be connected.

“All our [Marvel] movies are connected. We’re created in a way that we’re very connected to the movies that came before us. We’re even more connected to The Avengers 2 that comes after us, and so, in that respect, what we would hope is that these characters would continue, and that, at some point in time, they’ll all meet up with different characters throughout the galaxy,” Gunn told HeyUGuys.

Mystery aside, Guardians of the Galaxy continues to accumulate an all-star cast, featuring sci-fi goddess Zoe Saldana (Star Trek, Avatar), Benicio Del Toro, John C. Reilly, and Glenn Close, to name a few.

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