Actor Chris Pratt does not shy away from his faith and his beliefs in Jesus Christ, especially in a town that can be rather hostile to views of Christianity. But in a recent interview with the Associated Press, Pratt states that this is not the case. The AP asked Pratt about his recent award show appearances where he has professed a strong belief in faith and whether it was an especially important time to do that, he answers:
I don’t know that I am so much more motivated by where the world is or if it’s just what I’m feeling called to do right now. I think it’s a combination of both things. … That kind of a message, it might not be for everybody. But there is a group of people for whom that message is designed. And nothing fills my soul more than to think that maybe some kid watching that would say, ‘Hey, I’ve been thinking about that. I’ve been thinking about praying. Let me try that out.’ That’s like the only way I feel like I can repay what has essentially been a giant gift in my life.
Back in June, at the MTV Movie and TV Awards, Pratt revealed his Nine Rules For Not Being A Turd which included Rule Number six: God is real. God loves you. God wants the best for you. Believe that. I do. As well as Rule Number Eight: Learn to pray. It’s easy and it’s so good for your soul. When asked if he feels the risk of being an open Christian in Hollywood?
No, not at all. … I think that there’s this narrative that exists out there that Hollywood is anti-Christian or anti-religious, but it’s just not the case. They are kind of not anti-anything. They are kind of pro whatever is authentic to you. And I like that. Because it’s authentic for me to be pro-Christian, pro-Jesus. That’s my thing. I like it. And I’ve never had anyone try to shame me, to my face. Maybe they go say it behind my back. But if that’s the case, go ahead. You can say whatever you want about me – to my face or behind my back. I’m not going to change.
Chris Pratt was set to star in Guardians of Galaxy Vol. 3 but Disney has halted production of the film following the firing of director James Gunn. Pratt along with the other cast members have remained supportive of Gunn.