Chris Pratt shares smouldering pictures from his Vanity Fair photo shoot

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Hollywood star Chris Pratt is the February cover star of American glossy magazine Vanity Fair, and he's shared a few of the sizzling photographs from the shoot with fans.

Anna Faris and Chris Pratt
Chris Pratt and his wife, actress Anna Faris (Jordan Strauss AP/PA Images)

The actor, whose latest movie Passengers sees him star alongside Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence, posted the cover picture which shows him topless in the water and wrote alongside the picture on Instagram: "The article is very nice. Please read it. It talks about my upbringing and my faith."

He also reminisced about seeing the late Heath Ledger on the magazine's cover when he was younger, saying: "I read the article. Then one day I saw him driving through Hollywood. He had an awesome Ford Mustang. I drove a Suzuki Samurai at the time and was dead broke."

The actor also spoke frankly in the interview about losing weight after someone called him 'fat' when he auditioned for 2011´s Moneyball, a part which he did end up getting.

He said: "That was the first time I heard someone say, 'We're not gonna cast you -- you're too fat'. So I decided to drop the weight, like in wrestling. I couldn't afford a trainer, so it was all running and crash-dieting and cutting alcohol."

He landed his first big role starring in the 2002 series Everwood, but it was his role in TV series Parks And Recreation as Andy Dwyer in 2009 that made him a household name.