Actor Chris Pratt has spoken up about the scrutiny he has faced due to his faith, likening it to the hate Jesus Christ received 2,000 years ago.
Pratt, known for his role as Star-Lord in the Marvel franchise, made the comments at a screening for his upcoming film, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
The Criticism is Nothing New
During the interview with Page Six, Pratt acknowledged that the criticism he receives for his faith is “nothing new”.
He quoted John 15:18-20 from the Bible and noted that “2,000 years ago they hated him, too”, referring to Jesus Christ.
Pratt refused to apologize for his beliefs and stated that he is not concerned about the scrutiny he receives.
In 2019, rumors circulated that Pratt attended an anti-LGBTQ+ church, which led to calls for his replacement as Star-Lord.
Pratt responded to the rumors on his Instagram story, stating that he attends a church that welcomes everyone and that no church defines him or his life.
Director Rushes to Pratt’s Defense
Last month, James Gunn, the director of Guardians of the Galaxy, rushed to Pratt’s defense on Twitter after a user suggested the actor be recast.
Gunn called the accusations against Pratt “utterly false beliefs” and stated that if Pratt were ever replaced, the entire cast would go with him.
Thick Skin and Moving Forward
Pratt appears to have a thick skin when it comes to criticism and has previously stated that he handles it like a rhino, “stick your head down, you keep driving forward, you have thick skin and if anyone gets in your way, you stick the horn right up their a–!”.
With his newest movie out this weekend, the criticism has yet to impact Pratt’s success.
Chris Pratt’s comments on the criticism he receives for his faith shed light on the ongoing debate over the intersection of religion and public life.
While some criticize him for his beliefs, others support him, and his success in Hollywood is a testament to his talent and hard work.
As he continues to star in blockbuster films, Pratt’s outspokenness on his faith will undoubtedly continue to garner attention.