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Director James Gunn jumps to Chris Pratt's defense over star's Christian faith

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James Gunn, famed "Guardians of the Galaxy" director, spoke up in vehement defense of actor Chris Pratt, who has unabashedly spoken up about his Christian faith despite being an A-list Hollywood actor.

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Gunn defended Pratt on Monday after social media critics called for Marvel to recast Pratt over his Christian and conservative-leaning convictions.

One user in particular shared a split photo of Pratt and "Aquaman" actor Patrick Wilson and captioned it, "Marvel. Hear me out. Just ... replace him."

Gunn in response tweeted, "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."

Elsewhere, another social media user asked Gunn if he condoned Pratt sharing homophobic views — which he has not — and Gunn fired back once more.

According to the Independent, the user — whose tweets are limited — inquired Gunn if he was "cool with him being part of a homophobic church."

"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 wrote.

Pratt in 2019 addressed his church and faith, taking to social media where he wrote, “It has recently been suggested that I belong to a church which ‘hates a certain group of people’ and is ‘infamously anti-LGBTQ. Nothing could be further from the truth … I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone.”

Pratt has yet to issue a response to continued demands he be recast in the "Guardians of the Galaxy" franchise.

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