Director James Gunn is coming to the defence of his “Guardians Of The Galaxy” star Chris Pratt after he asked for prayers for Kevin Smith following his recent heart attack.
After news of filmmaker Smith’s health scare broke, Pratt tweeted his support for a speedy recovery, asking fans to join him in prayer.
Pratt’s replies were filled with comments from users telling him prayers were useless when it comes to saving someone, instead pointing out that it’s doctors, nurses and medication that help pull people through illness. His sincere tweet was also met with supporters who encouraged his prayer, sharing their thoughts on the power of positive thinking, resulting in several arguments between those in support of and against Pratt’s call for prayers.
One of Pratt’s supporters is director Gunn who asked users not to conflate the star’s well-wishes with the “thoughts and prayers” and inaction of government officials when it comes to issues of gun control, citing Parkland, Fla. and those in Puerto Rico still reeling from the damage inflicted by Hurricane Maria as examples.
Gunn took to Twitter share his thoughts on the backlash against Pratt, writing there is “nothing wrong with sending someone positive thoughts and prayers.”
The director tweeted he wasn’t trying to “defend” Pratt but was suggesting there are people who find prayers and positive thinking useful and healing – himself included – and would gladly welcome the collective prayers from strangers and fans should he ever be in crisis.