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Chris Pratt Accepts Award By Thanking ‘Lord And Savior Jesus Christ’

On Sunday, as Chris Pratt accepted his “Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi” award for his role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at the Teen Choice Awards, he had something interesting to say:

I would not be here with the ease and grace I have in my heart without my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Come again?

There’s a reason America loves Chris Pratt. Set aside his comedic genius, his acting chops, and his general kindness toward others, Pratt has the guts to stand up in front of millions of viewers and proclaim adherence to a figure that the rest of Hollywood openly mocks and disdains.

During a January interview with Variety, Pratt explained his rather remarkable conversion story:

I was sitting outside a grocery store — we’d convinced someone to go in and buy us beer. This is Maui. And a guy named Henry came up and recognized something in me that needed to be saved. He asked what I was doing that night, and I was honest. I said, “My friend’s inside buying me alcohol.” “You going to go party?” he asked. “Yeah.” “Drink and do drugs? Meet girls, fornication?” I was like, “I hope so.”

I was charmed by this guy, don’t know why. He was an Asian dude, maybe Hawaiian, in his 40s. It should’ve made me nervous but didn’t. I said, “Why are you asking?” He said, “Jesus told me to talk to you . . .” At that moment I was like, I think I have to go with this guy. He took me to church. Over the next few days I surprised my friends by declaring that I was going to change my life.

Keep it up, Chris. There are few like you.