Josh Brolin Joins Robert Downey Jr. & Mark Ruffalo To Defend Chris Pratt Over Absence From ‘Avengers’ Biden Event

The Avengers are assembling — to put Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the White House.

On Tuesday, several members of the “Avengers” cast participated in a virtual Q&A to raise funds for the Biden-Harris campaign.

Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Rudd, Don Cheadle, and Zoe Saldana were on hand for the event, Voters Assemble: The Cast of The Avengers Unite for Democracy.

“Avengers: Infinity War” directors Anthony and Joe Russo hosted and promoted the event on Instagram.

One member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was conspicuous by his absence: Chris Pratt, who took heat on social media over speculation that his non-participation reflected his perceived political views.

A big part of that perception comes from a 2017 interview the “Guardians of the Galaxy” star gave to Men’s Journal, when he complained that Hollywood wasn’t representing the “average, blue-collar American” in film. After being hit by backlash, Pratt later conceded it was a “pretty stupid thing to say.”

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Then, last year Pratt was taken to task by Canadian actress Ellen Page over his affiliation with Zoe Church, criticizing the church for its alleged anti-LGBTQ stance.

“It has recently been suggested that I belong to a church which ‘hates a certain group of people’ and is ‘infamously anti-LGBTQ,’” he wrote in response. “Nothing could be further from the truth. I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone. Despite what the Bible says about divorce my church community was there for me every step of the way, never judging, just gracefully accompanying me on my walk. They helped me tremendously offering love and support. It is what I have seen them do for others on countless occasions regardless of sexual orientation, race or gender.”

Following the furor, several of Pratt’s co-stars came to his defence, including Zoe Saldana, Robert Downey Jr., and Mark Ruffalo.

Also offering his two cents was James Gunn, who directed Pratt in two “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies.

Even Thanos is coming to Pratt’s defence, with Josh Brolin issuing a tongue-in-cheek statement on Instagram, pointing out Pratt has always been “a stand up dude” for whom “honour was typically at the forefront” as the internet looks for “another good person to hate on.”

Meanwhile, Pratt’s wife Katherine Schwarzenegger responded to a joking post from E! News about which actor named Chris “the internet is giving the boot to.”

“Is this really what we need?” she wrote in a comment. “There’s so much going on in the world and people struggling in so many ways. Being mean is so yesterday. There’s enough room to love all these guys. Love is what we all need not meanness and bullying. Let’s try that. 🙏♥️”

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