Chris Pratt has emerged as the current "It" actor in Hollywood, transitioning from NBC's Parks & Rec to Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy and Universal's Jurassic Park series. It's not shocking that he would win this year's "Generation Award" at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards, but what he focused his speech on may surprise some.
After thanking his parents and siblings for the way they had impacted his life, Pratt gave a shout-out to his young son, Jack, and his fans. But then he launched into what he called "Nine Rules from Chris Pratt, Generation Award Winner." A few of the rules were funny - with practical advice on giving a dog medicine or remembering to breathe - while another told the audience to use their power, both mentally and physically, to help others.
Then Pratt got theological and delivered a public, gospel-tinged set of points.
The actor who is more often seen verbally tangling with Rocket Raccoon or being chased by dinosaurs placed an emphasis on chasing grace.
"God is real, God loves you, and God wants the best for you," Pratt shared. "Learn to pray."
But when Pratt closed the nine points with "Nobody is perfect," he pointed out to a captive audience live and on MTV that "someone's blood was shed for you." Somehow, in the middle of insanity, Chris Pratt-style, the gospel broke out.
Suddenly, Chris Pratt stood on stage as a sharer of the good news, an event more powerful descriptor than "Generation Award Winner." It's a speech that he, and his listeners, won't soon forget.