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CHRIS Pratt has caused an incident in the “war room”, a windowless bunker deep inside the heart of Atlanta’s Pinewood Studios where he’s filming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

No, the superstar actor hasn’t suddenly joined the US military; rather, he’s sent a steaming hot cup of coffee flying across a very large boardroom table in the room that serves as a meeting point for cast and crew.

“Right on cue, sorry,” he laughs apologetically.

“That’s a classic Star-Lord move. I’ve been practising that all day.”

Pratt’s assistant moves in to wipe up the offending beverage. “I’m just here to clean up his mess,” he says, good-naturedly.

Pratt reckons he identifies just a bit too closely with his goofy Guardians character, the occasionally clueless bounty hunter Peter Quill, who refers to himself as Star-Lord, because nobody else will. (Harrison Ford’s Han Solo is without doubt his spiritual animal.)

“There’s a sense of familiarity here. You know what works and what doesn’t work,” says Pratt. “It’s not a pain in the ass to come back, which can be the one downfall to coming back to something. Sometimes it’s like, oh God, I’ve got to work with a-hole number one again. It’s like a family here.”

The first Guardians followed a rag tag group of superheroes who were actually not so “super”. Alongside Pratt, the film starred Zoe Saldana as Gamora, the green-skinned assassin; WWE wrestling champ Dave Bautista as buff, tattooed Drax the Destroyer; and computer-generated scene-stealers Bradley Cooper as Rocket, the gun-slinging, sarcastic raccoon, and Vin Diesel as Groot, the talking tree. (Baby Groot will debut in Vol. 2 and is the sweetest thing you’ll have seen on screen since E.T.)

Initially, Guardians was considered to be the Marvel adaptation that would stay in the shadows while Iron Man and The Avengers hogged the limelight.

“Iron Man, etc, were considered tier one movies,” explains Pratt.