Guardians of the Universe Director James Gunn has jumped to Chris Pratt’s defense amid continued backlash against the actor.
Over the years, Pratt has come under criticism for his alleged association with the Hillsong evangelical church, the baseless claim that he voted for Donald Trump in the US election, and a controversial post he shared about his daughter, Lyla.
In the mail, the Jurassic World Dominion star, 42, said he was grateful to his wife Katherine Schwarzenegger for giving him a “beautiful healthy daughter”.
Many found the post insensitive to his ex-wife Anna Faris and their premature son Jack. Faris previously said that Jack weighed just three pounds at birth and spent his first month in the NICU. According to Peoplehe was born with a severe brain haemorrhage.
After a Men’s health An interview with Pratt was published earlier this week in which he discussed the criticism and denied ever going to Hillsong. Gunn defended Pratt over repeated claims that he is the “worst” Hollywood Chris.
“It absolutely infuriates me,” Gunn said in the article. “Chris is unspeakably kind to people; he goes out of his way to help children. He is a very loving father. And there’s a lot of stuff that people have literally just made up about him – about his politics, about who he is, about what he believes about other people, you know?’
Gunn has since doubled down on this criticism on Twitter. When one person mentioned Pratt as a Trump supporter, the director replied, “Would you please stop making shit up?”
When a Twitter user asked Gunn where the claims Pratt attended Hillsong came from, the filmmaker added: “People who assume it’s bullshit, and then someone else takes that and exaggerates it, and then someone else exaggerates that.” , and then you listen to someone without reading what the truth is and spread the lies on Twitter.”
Hillchurch was accused of being “anti-gay” by actor Elliot Page in 2019.
Regarding the claim that Pratt disrespected Faris and their son, Gunn said: “He said he was grateful for his healthy daughter and somehow people, apparently like you, tried to use that against his wonderful son who was born prematurely.”
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This isn’t the first time Gunn has defended his Guardians of the Universe guiding star.
Pratt is currently on the Prime Video series The terminal list (find the independent‘s review here), and will in Thor: Love & Thunderwhich will be released on July 8.