Actor Chris Pratt got the chance to meet up with an old friend on Sunday and attend church with him before ending the day with a meal at Southern Culture Kitchen in Greenville.
Known for Star-Lord in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film series Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers, and the sitcom Parks and Recreation, Pratt is the relentless church Reverend John Gray. I was in town to visit He attended services at Gray’s church on Sundays and went out to dinner with Gray, his wife, Aventor, and others.
It was no coincidence that Pratt was in town. Appearances were dominated by the relationship that had been nurtured between Pratt and Gray many years earlier.
“We’ve been friends for about six years,” said Gray. “We first connected when we were doing ministry in Los Angeles.[Chris]is like a brother. To us, he’s just a friend who wanted to visit our church.”
Over the weekend, according to Gray, Pratt decided to be outside Greenville for over an hour to film a role in an undisclosed location and call his friend and temporary preacher to attend church. Gray offered to drive Pratt to Greenville for service, but Pratt insisted on driving to Greenville himself.
“Chris didn’t ask for anything special because of who he is,” said Gray.
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A late reservation allowed us to seat our party of 13 near the fireplace in the Southern Culture Kitchen. Pratt, Gray, and their party mingled with other patrons as Sundays of friendship, church, and dining ended.
A few patrons of the restaurant walked up and asked Pratt for a photo, but most diners allowed their friends and family to sit down and enjoy their meal.
“I ate shrimp and grits and Chris ate a little bit of everything,” said Gray. “We had the chef make the ribs and he loved it.”
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Pratt arrived at church relentlessly in jeans instead of a suit, with Gray giving the OK in conventional Christian “come as you are” fashion and as an ode to the casualness of their friendship. .
Churchgoers have noticed celebrities attending churches and restaurants, but to Gray Pratt is just a friend, often sharing paternity, marriage and faith, so they share a strong brotherly bond. are shared.
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For Gray, Chris Pratt is more than the star of “Jurassic World,” “The Magnificent Seven,” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”
“My wife and I have developed friendships and relationships with people from different industries,” said Gray. “I don’t speak for everyone I know, but I call Chris a friend.”
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Celebrities in town may be casual to Gray, but he said what he most wants Pratt to experience is the word of God, the culture, and the people of Greenville.
“It’s important to show others our love for this community,” Gray said. It shows that Greenville continues to paint a beautiful picture of influence.”
– AJ Jackson covers arts, entertainment and more for The Greenville News and Anderson Independent Mail. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @ajhappened.