Marvel Director James Gunn Defends Chris Pratt’s Christianity

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“Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn defended the movie’s star Chris Pratt, after social media called for Marvel Studios to fire the actor from future flicks.

A Twitter user went viral when they pleaded with Marvel to replace Pratt with similar looking actor Patrick Wilson as Peter Quill in the upcoming third installment of the franchise, over his Christian faith. 

“For what? Because of your made-up, utterly-false beliefs about him? For something that someone else told you about him that’s not true?” Gunn wrote. “Chris Pratt would never be replaced as Star-Lord but, if he ever was, we would all be going with him.”

Gunn also commented on another tweet, which reportedly asked Gunn how he felt about Pratt going to a “homophobic” church, which has since been made private since the director replied. 

“He isn’t. I know the church he currently goes to,” he remarked. “Do you? (The answer is you don’t, but you heard from someone who heard from someone who heard from someone where he goes to church, so decided, ‘yeah, okay, I’ll believe this terrible thing I heard online about this celebrity!’)”

Controversial Hillsong Church founder Brian Houston has previously confirmed that Pratt is not a member of the Australian megachurch. 

“The weird thing about all the media regarding Chris Pratt and Hillsong Church is that it’s built on a falsehood,” he wrote in 2019. “I am so grateful for Chris’s bold faith in Jesus. But he is not now, and never has been a member of Hillsong Church.”

The celebrity-favored church, which was once attended by pop star Justin Bieber, has faced a series of scandals that caused Houston to turn in his resignation at the end of March. 

Houston took a step back from the church in January, when fighting criminal charges for concealing information that his father, who was also a minister sexually abused one his child parishioners in the 1970s. 

His resignation came after an internal investigation determined that Houston behaved inappropriately towards two women.

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