Guardians of the Galaxy Stars begs Disney :
James Gunn’s was fired over tweets posted 10 years ago Guardians of the Galaxy stars call on Disney to re-hire director in moving open letter
The flagship cast of Guardians of the Galaxy has called for the restoration of its movie director James Gunn, after he was sacked earlier this month over former tweets.
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel signed an open letter in support of Gunn, and were said to have been shocked by his move.
Guardians of the Galaxy Stars begs Disney : Disney fired Gunn from the third installment of the popular sci-fi franchise after tweets posted between 2008-2011 resurfaced, where he joked about rape and pedophilia.
He wrote and directed the first two Guardians of the Galaxy films, with the third due for release in 2020. He also worked on a successful Avengers franchise.
In the open letter, the cast thanked fans of the films, along with members of the media who had also expressed their support for Gunn.
“We are not here to defend [Gunn’s] 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,” they said.
“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 those 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.”
Pratt added in a post on social media: “Although I don’t support James Gunn’s inappropriate jokes from years ago, he is a good man.”
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Gunn has been a vocal critic of US President Donald Trump, and his old tweets were found and shared by conservative critics – months after Gunn offered $ 100,000 to get Trump reshuffled.
The chairman of Walt Disney Studios said the tweets were “inconceivable” and “inconsistent” with our studio’s values. More than 350,000 people have signed a Change.org petition calling on Disney to re-house it.
Announcing a statement addressing the scandal earlier this month, Gunn said: “I have apologized for my own humiliating humor and hurt people. I really felt sorry and edited every word of my apologies. ”
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