Chris Pratt Faces Backlash for Talking Up ‘Healing Power of Prayer’ After Kevin Smith Heart Attack

James Gunn defends his “Guardians of the Galaxy” star from online snarking

Last Updated: February 26, 2018 @ 9:43 AM

Chris Pratt has come under fire for tweeting that he is “praying his a– off” for Kevin Smith after the “Clerks” filmmaker suffered a massive heart attack following a standup routine Sunday night in Los Angeles.

The “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Jurassic World” star said that while he didn’t know Smith personally, he’s been a big fan since his high school years, when he saw Smith’s most famous film, 1994’s “Clerks.” Pratt said he believed in “the healing power of prayer” and asked others to join in with him, but his request was met with disdain by some on Twitter.

But Pratt was backed up by his “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn, who said in a Twitter thread that he was a believer in prayer and said that Pratt’s tweet to Smith was different than those offering “thoughts and prayers” to the victims of school shootings.

A spokesperson for Pratt has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.