Jason Momoa has nothing but love for Chris Pratt, but he really does want him to ditch those plastic water bottles.
The two mega-movie stars, who appear in competing superhero franchises — Pratt stars in Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" films, while Momoa is DC Universe's "Aquaman" — shared unexpected headlines on Tuesday after Momoa publicly called out Pratt for holding a disposable water bottle in an Instagram photo.
Momoa, a vocal environmental advocate, commented on the pic, "Bro I love u but wtf on the water bottle. No single use plastic. Come on."
The comment quickly gained attention, racking up more than 50,000 "likes" from fans who agreed with his critique — as well as a few snarky responses from fans quick to defend Pratt.
Hours later, Pratt himself reacted to the comment, which then prompted a follow-up note from Momoa.
"Aquaman! You're completely right. Dammit," Pratt replied, explaining that he usually carries around a large refillable water bottle, but during that particular photo shoot, someone tossed him the plastic ones because "I didn't know what to do with my hands! I never know what to do with my hands."
Pratt added, "Love you too, buddy. My bad. I don't want your home of Atlantis covered in plastic. Hear that kids? Reduce. Reuse. Recycle."
Many fans were quick to assume that there's some bad blood between the two. But according to Momoa, that couldn't be farther from the truth: "Bro, you know my children and I are madly in love with you and I love everything you do," he wrote Tuesday night alongside a photo of Pratt posing with his kids. "I'm sorry this was received so badly today. I didn't mean for that to happen."
He continued, "I'm just very passionate about this single use plastic epidemic. The plastic water bottles have to stop."
Momoa's use of the word "epidemic" is correct: More than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean each year, and Americans alone send more than 38 billion water bottles to landfills each year. The production process itself, ironically enough, is wasteful of water, requiring six to seven bottles' worth of water just to create one bottle, NPR estimates.
Momoa is the driving force behind Manalulu, which packages water in aluminum cans instead of plastic. "About 75 percent of all aluminum that's ever been used is still in circulation today, and it's 100 percent recyclable," he said in a video earlier this year. "You drink the can, and in about 60 days it'll be back."
Jason Momoa out and about
Jason Momoa out and about
Jason Momoa, a cast member in the Apple TV+ series "See," poses at the premiere at the Regency Village Theatre, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Jason Momoa arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Joker" at TCL Chinese Theatre on September 8, 2019. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Jason Momoa, a cast member in "Justice League," arrives with his wife, actress Lisa Bonet, at the premiere of the film at the Dolby Theatre on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 12: Jason Momoa is seen arriving at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Aquaman' at the Chinese Theatre on December 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG017/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 03: Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa attend the 'Game Of Thrones' Season 8 Premiere on April 03, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage,)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 12: Actor Jason Momoa and wife/actress Lisa Bonet arrive for the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Aquaman' held at TCL Chinese Theatre on December 12, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
Jason Momoa during the filming of the Graham Norton Show at BBC Studioworks 6 Television Centre, Wood Lane, London, to be aired on BBC One on Friday evening. (Photo by Matt Crossick/PA Images via Getty Images)
Photo by: John Nacion/STAR MAX/IPx 2018 12/3/18 Jason Momoa is seen at BUILD Series in New York City.
NEW YORK, NY - December 03: Jason Momoa seen at Good Morning America promoting his new movie Aquaman on December 03, 2018 in New York City. Credit: RW/MediaPunch /IPX
Photo by: KGC-138/STAR MAX/IPx 2018 11/26/18 Jason Momoa at the premiere of "Aquaman" in London, England.
Lisa Bonet, left, and Jason Momoa attend HBO's "Game of Thrones" final season premiere at Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Photo by: zz/GOTPAP/STAR MAX/IPx 2018 7/21/18 Jason Momoa is seen signing autographs for fans at Comic-Con International 2018 in San Diego, CA.
Jason Momoa, a cast member in the upcoming films "Justice League" and "Aquaman," addresses the audience during the Warner Bros. Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Jason Momoa attends “The Bad Batch” premiere on day 6 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Ryerson Theatre on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, in Toronto. (Photo by Jesse Herzog/Invision/AP)
Actor Jason Momoa poses for photographers upon arrival at the European Premiere of Suicide Squad, at a central London cinema in Leicester Square, Wednesday, Aug 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Jason Momoa arrives at the premiere screening of SundanceTV's "The Red Road", on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for SundanceTV/AP Images)
Cast member Emilia Clarke, right, and Jason Momoa pose together at the premiere for the third season of the HBO television series "Game of Thrones" at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Monday, March 18, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles /Invision/AP)
Actor Jason Momoa attends the "Bullet To The Head" premiere at AMC Lincoln Square on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet attend the Cinema Society premiere of "The Skin I Live In" on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)