War on Prayer: Actor Chris Pratt Faces Twitter Storm After Offering This Prayer Request

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UPDATE: Director Kevin Smith is home from the hospital after having a massive heart attack.

In a recent Instagram post he thanked Chris Pratt for praying for him.


Pratt received massive backlash on Twitter for offering up prayers for Smith on Sunday.

Pratt, a Christian, took to Twitter when he got wind of Smith's circumstance after the director tweeted that he "could've died" from the 100 percent blockage in his heart had he not gone to the hospital.

The "Guardians of the Galaxy" star was quick to voice his admiration for Smith tweeting, "I have loved you since Clerks," and "You inspired me." Pratt went on to say he would be praying for him.

In another tweet, he asked his followers to join him saying, "I believe in the healing power of prayer. Can you please pray with me people?"

Instead of prayers, most of what he received was criticism.

One Twitter user wrote, "That's cool and everything but doctors and nurses save lives not prayer."

And another took aim at him saying, "If you want to help, then actually help. Praying is just a way to feign helping so you don't have to go out of your way."

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Eventually Pratt's friend and "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn was prompted to jump to his defense in a series of his own tweets.

"So I just read Chris Pratt's tweet to Kevin Smith saying he would pray for him & made the mistake of reading the comments, many of which go off on Chris for saying he'd pray. I think people misunderstand the backlash against 'thoughts & prayers,'" Gunn wrote.

He went on writing eight different tweets defending Pratt's actions. One saying, "No one expects Chris Pratt to shoulder doctors out of the way and perform heart surgery on Kevin Smith. Nor does Kevin need Chris to pay his medical bills. So I think his prayers are appreciated, and about all he can do."

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