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    The Star Lord actor praised his pastor, who inspired him to fast during a chat on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The interview prompted a question from another Hollywood A-lister, who is also a gay-rights advocate, Ellen Page. The actress criticised Pratt for keeping silence about his reported church’s stance on same-sex couples.

    Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt, who dropped by Stephen Colbert’s late night show to promote his Lego Movie, talked about his 21-day Daniel fasting, as he decided to pray and give up alcohol and pleasant food. The actor, known to be a devout Christian, revealed that he found motivation for the Bible-inspired experience, named after an Old Testament prophet, in his church.

    “I was inspired by my pastor”, he said bringing up a religious quote: “If the spotlight that is shining on you is brighter than the light that’s within you, it will kill you”.

    The revelations drew the attention of Ellen Page, who is openly gay and committed to promoting LGBTQ rights, taking to Twitter to confront Pratt about the church that he reportedly attends.

    READ MORE: Ellen Page: Brett Ratner Urged a Woman to 'F**k Me to Realize I Was Gay'

    She branded the megachurch Hillsong, which has not only Pratt, but also Justin Bieber, Hailey Baldwin, Kendall Jenner and Selena Gomez among its members, “infamously anti-LGBTQ”. She apparently referred to earlier scandalous reports around it. This includes allegations about its founder molesting children, the church referring people to ex-gay conversion therapy and statements that they consider same-sex relationships to be a sin.

    ​Page’s remark triggered shockwaves on Twitter. Her original post garnered thousands of comments and re-tweets and received a mixed response. Many criticised the actress/activist for meddling in Pratt’s personal life.

    ​There were those who slammed the “religion police in Hollywood” for harassing people just for being conservative.

    ​Others sided with Page, concluding that by donating to his church, Pratt supports anti-gay conversion therapy.


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