Chris Pratt: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Will Be Like 'Citizen Kane'

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Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" line-up is nothing if not diverse. The central cast of characters includes a giant tree guy, one gun-slinging raccoon, some hot green alien lady, and one solitary normal dude among the space adventuring crew: "Parks and Recreation" star Chris Pratt as the Peter "Star-Lord" Quill, a former U.S. pilot who's gotten himself a serious six-pack tangled in some intergalactic tussling alongside his team of ex-con Guardians.

Pratt, who's said before that James Gunn's "Guardians" movie will flip the usual superhero story conventions with its humor and irony, has spoken up about how things have been going on the London set — according to him, this is gonna be the best friggin' movie of the century — and whether or not fans can expect a little crossover action with the big shots of "The Avengers."

Pratt gushed about the untold cinematic wonder that will be "Guardians of the Galaxy" to IGN, saying "It's the greatest movie of the 21st century! That's what I'll say. It'll be the 'Citizen Kane' of movies other than 'Citizen Kane.'"

Now, obviously there was some classic Chris Pratt exaggeration in that statement ...

... but he did kinda seem to mean it.

"It's been really great. It's hard to even put into words, especially for someone like me who has the vocabulary of a sixth-grader. It’s been a real trip. There's a lot of super talented people working on it," he said, we assume more seriously. "It's so imaginative and so unreal."

Pratt added that the trick to making a semi-wacky story like "Guardians" work as a new Marvel tent pole (something Joss Whedon also said a time or two) is the vision and tone director James Gunn brings to the table.

"I think tone is the major thing we have to accomplish, a consistent tone, going from silly and comedic to high-stakes drama and action, and everything in between. It’s really up to James, and I trust everything that he’s doing," he said.

"Guardians of the Galaxy," which also stars Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Benicio Del Toro, John C. Reilly, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Glenn Close, Dave Bautista and Michael Rooker, hits theaters on Aug. 1, 2014.