Late last week, the Marvel Cinematic Universe world was rocked when it was announced that Disney had fired James Gunn from “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” over his controversial tweets.
Since then, several key members from the franchise family have spoken up and defended the filmmaker for his past actions. They include Dave Bautista, Sean Gunn, and Michael Rooker. This morning (Monday, 23rd July), the main actors, Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, have finally broken their silence on this matter.
It’s been a challenging weekend I’m not gonna lie. I’m pausing myself to take everything in before I speak out of term. I just want everyone to know I love ALL members of my GOTG family. Always will.ADVERTISEMENT
— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) July 22, 2018
“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters. Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.”
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) July 22, 2018
Both Saldana and Pratt were pretty vague in their responses and did not mention Gunn by name. It seems as though the actress isn’t fully ready to comment on the drama. Instead, she simply highlighted that she loves “ALL members of (the) GOTG family”. Pratt was even more cryptic, opting for a Bible verse from James in the New Testament.
Now that “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” is lacking a director, it’s still a question mark if Marvel Studios will used the screenplay that Gunn had written for the 3rd instalment. Bautista was one of the first ones to voice out his feelings on Disney’s decision, saying that he’s “NOT ok with what’s happening” to Gunn. He’s not alone in this as more than 150,000 (as at time of writing) have sign a petition for Disney to rehire Gunn.
I will have more to say but for right now all I will say is this..@JamesGunn is one of the most loving,caring,good natured people I have ever met. He’s gentle and kind and cares deeply for people and animals. He’s made mistakes. We all have. Im NOT ok with what’s happening to him
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) July 21, 2018
Love to every single member of my GOTG family.
— Karen Gillan (@karengillan) July 23, 2018
10. Working on those movies made my brother a better person, and they made me one too. I'm proud of that. Peace.
— Sean Gunn (@seangunn) July 21, 2018
Marvel: RE-HIRE JAMES GUNN – Sign the Petition! https://t.co/JeVbFZkQLL via @Change. Because if people are punished despite changing, then what does that teach people about owning mistakes and evolving? This man is one of the good ones.
— Selma Blair (@SelmaBlair) July 22, 2018
Although Gunn has received many support from peers from the movie industry, many others have also voiced out their disgust with him too. Clearly, this dispute shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.