Guardians of the Galaxy cast come out in support of fired director James Gunn
A Hollywood director who was fired by Disney for a series of offensive tweets sent a decade ago should be reinstated, his cast have said.
James Gunn was removed from franchise Guardians of the Galaxy last week, after the publication of tweets in which he joked about paedophilia, Aids, September 11 and the Holocaust.
The 51-year-old director said that he “used to make a lot of offensive jokes”, but has since stopped.
“Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo,” he said on Twitter.
“As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor.”
Disney, however, saw his behaviour as unacceptable and removed him from the third installment, which was due to begin filming next year.
If you please, read the statement written and signed by The Guardians of the Galaxy cast in support of James Gunn’s reinstatement as director of GOTG Volume 3. pic.twitter.com/TjNA9RF6M8
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On Monday stars of the film Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and others issued a statement calling for Gunn to be returned to the film.
“We fully support James Gunn,” they said.
“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.”
The old tweets were reportedly unearthed by Mike Cernovich, a Right-wing blogger, who set out to punish Gunn for his mocking of President Donald Trump.
“His story isn’t over — not by a long shot,” the statement adds.
“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.”
In the wake of Gunn’s firing, a number of celebrities and other Hollywood figures have come out in support of the director.
Gunn has apologised for the tweets, saying that his “words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative.”
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