Guardians Of The Galaxy Cast Back James Gunn After Sacking From Disney
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The cast from Guardians of the Galaxy have showed their support for recently sacked director James Gunn, and would love to see him reinstated.
Gunn was removed from the next Guardians project after Disney were brought to the attention of some of his old tweets, which seemed to joke about an "inappropriate" subject.
Now, stars from the franchise such as Chris Pratt (Star Lord) have taken to social media to show their support for the director, with the entire line-up signing a statement wishing for him to be brought back.
Although I don't support James Gunn's inappropriate jokes from years ago, he is a good man. I'd personally love to see him reinstated as director of Volume 3. If you please, read the... https://t.co/FWBXkZilB7
- chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) 30 July 2018
Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Chris Pratt, Sean Gunn, Michael Rooker, Pom Klementieff and Zoe Saldana have all signed the decleration, and here's what it says:
"We fully support James Gunn. We were all shocked by his abrupt firing last week and have intentionally waited these ten days to respond in order to think, pray, listen, and discuss. In that time, we've been encouraged by the outpouring of support from fans and members of the media who wish to see James reinstated as director of Volume 3 as well as discouraged by those so easily duped into believing the many outlandish conspiracy theories surrounding him.
Being in the "Guardians of the Galaxy" movies has been a great honor in each of our lives. We cannot let this moment pass without expressing our love, support, and gratitude for James. We are not here to defend his jokes of many years ago but rather to share our experience having spent many years together on set making Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and 2. The character he has shown in the wake of his firing is consistent with the man he was every day on set, and his apology, now and from years ago when first addressing these remarks, we believe is from the heart, a heart we all know, trust, and love. In casting each of us to help him tell the story of misfits who find redemption, he changed our lives forever. We believe the theme of redemption has never been more relevant than now.
Each of us looks forward to working with our friend James again in the future. His story isn't over - not by a long shot.
There is little due process in the court of public opinion. James is likely not the last good person to be put on trial. Given the growing political divide in this country, it's safe to say instances like this will continue, although we hope Americans from across the political spectrum can ease up on the character assassinations and stop weaponizing mob mentality.
It is our hope that what has transpired can serve as an example for all of us to realize the enormous responsibility we have to ourselves and to each other regarding the use of our written words when we etch them in digital stone; that we as a society may learn from this experience and in the future will think twice before we decide what we want to express; and in so learning perhaps can harness this capability to help and heal instead of hurting each other. Thank you for taking the time to read our words"
Disney are yet to respond to the statement but if they're hiring another director they'll have to be pretty quick about it, as filming was set to begin this Autumn.
Gunn, who apologised for his actions, has already written the scripts for Vol. 3 so it will be a shame if he doesn't continue working on the project.
The next instalment to the Guardians universe was set to release in 2020; let's just hope this controversydoesn't cause the Marvel epic to suffer.