The entire cast of Guardians of the Galaxy has released a joint statement in support of the film’s fired director James Gunn.
A number of cast members have already spoken out in light of Disney’s decision to dismiss the director, but today’s (July 30) announcement marks their first joint statement.
In a message shared on social media and signed by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, Vin Diesel, Pom Klementieff and Michael Rooker, the cast pledged their support to James Gunn, adding that his story is “not over”.
Chris Pratt went a step further, writing alongside the statement that in spite of Gunn’s “inappropriate jokes”, he would “love to see him reinstated as director of Volume 3“.
Here’s the Guardians of the Galaxy cast’s statement in full:
“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 honour 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 weaponising mob mentality.
“It is our hope that what has transpired can serve as an example for all of us to realise 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 the capability to help and heal instead of hurting each other.
“Thank you for taking the time to read our words.”
Disney officially dropped Gunn earlier this month, after a number of controversial old tweets surfaced in which the director joked about paedophilia and rape.
The company confirmed it had “severed” its relationship with Gunn, calling the comments made “indefensible and inconsistent” with its values.
James Gunn has addressed the sacking, both on Twitter and in a subsequent statement, apologising for his past behaviour and crude jokes while promising he had changed.
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