Filmmaker and director of Guardians of the Galaxy James Gunn defended his on-screen star Chris Pratt against Twitter users who suggested Pratt be replaced.
In a now-viral Tweet, Twitter user @themeghanlodon_ wrote, “Marvel. Hear me out. Just… replace him.” The user suggested Pratt should be replaced by Patrick Wilson as superhero Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord, in the Guardians movies.
In response to the Tweet, Gunn replied, “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? Chris Pratt would never be replaced as Star-Lord but, if he ever was, we would all be going with him.”
Some fans have become ill-disposed with Pratt in recent years over his somewhat unconfirmed religious and political stances.
Pratt has been condemned for allegedly attending Hillsong Church, which has been accused of being anti-LGBTQ+. “We are a gay welcoming church but we are not a church that affirms a gay lifestyle,” leader Brian Houston writes on the church’s website. In 2019, though, Houston said Pratt had never been a Hillsong member.
In response to another Tweet accusing Pratt of attending a homophobic church, Gunn responsed, “He isn’t. I know the church he currently goes to. 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!’)”
Gunn is not the first to back Pratt. Avengers costars Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr. and Zoe Saldana have all come to his aid in the past after Twitter users called him the “worst Hollywood Chris.”
Ruffalo referred to Pratt as a “solid a man,” adding, “I know him personally, and instead of casting aspersions, look at how he lives his life. He is just not overtly political as a rule. This is a distraction.”
Downey Jr. called Pratt “a real #Christian who lives by #principle” and said he “has never demonstrated anything but #positivity and #gratitude.”
“You got this [Chris],” Saldana said in a tweet directed at Pratt. “Your family, friends, colleagues & everyone who’s ever crossed paths with you knows your heart and your worth!”
Gunn also said at the time: Pratt “is the best dude in the world. I’ve spent hours & hours sharing my deepest truths with this man, as he has with me. Please stop assuming what he believes, politically or in any other way, because he’s a Christian.”