What Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Other Marvel Stars Have Said About James Gunn’s Firing
Seven Guardians of the Galaxy stars have now weighed in on the firing of writer and director James Gunn.
Chris Pratt spoke out on Sunday, although his response was the vaguest of them all. Quoting the Bible, Pratt tweeted, “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters. Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.” He added the praying emoji and the heart emoji.
Zoe Saldana had a bit more to say, tweeting Sunday, “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.”
Late on Sunday night, Karen Gillan weighed in with a similar sentiment, writing, “Love to every single member of my GOTG family.”
Soon after, Pom Klementieff joined in, tweeting a video of her writing on a piece of paper, “We are Groot. We are a family. We stand together.” She then drew a heart at the bottom.
So far, the most vocal member of the Guardians of the Galaxy cast has been Dave Bautista. Hours after Gunn’s firing was announced, he tweeted, “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.”
Bautista continued to tweet about Gunn’s firing through the weekend, saying in a tweet on Sunday that he has been unfairly taken down by Nazis, referring to the fact that right-wing provocateur Mike Cernovich was the one to dig up Gunn’s old jokes as revenge because Gunn is anti-Trump.
Bautista tweeted, “What will you do when the #cybernazis attack you? Who will stand by you? Who will cowardly distance themselves from you? Who will punish you for horrible JOKES in the past instead of defending you for INSPIRING millions? MILLIONS!!! #Redemption #injustice @JamesGunn.”
In a follow-up tweet, he once again called this a “#cybernazi” attack, saying, “Unless we start to unite together against this crap, whether people are offended are not! …it’s going to get much worse. And it can happen to anyone.”
Sean Gunn, James’ brother and the actor behind Kraglin in the Guardians movies, responded to the news in a lengthy Instagram post. Sean said that James used to rely largely on blue, offensive humor, but devoting his life to the Guardians films actually made him a better person.
“So I guess my hope is that fans continue to watch and appreciate the Guardians movies, not despite the fact that the filmmaker used to be kind of a jackass, but because of it,” he wrote. “They are, after all, movies about discovering your best self.”
When Michael Rooker, who played Yondu in the first two Guardians films, was asked what he thought of the whole thing, he wrote, “James Gunn knows. That’s all that matters.” However, he later deleted this tweet, and on Sunday, he announced that he would be leaving Twitter entirely, saying that he’s “very tired & upset over the ongoing BULLSH*T.”
Now, the only main Guardians cast members we have not heard from yet are Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, who are not active on Twitter. Outside of the Guardians crew, another Marvel actor who has spoken up is David Dastmalchian, who plays Kurt in the Ant-Man movies. On Instagram, he posted a photo of himself with Gunn and said that he is “one of the most amazing people i’ve ever known – both professionally & personally.”
Finally, Michael Rosenbaum, who had a small role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as Martinex, did not release a statement of his own, but he responded to Dave Bautista’s with “well said friend.”
An online petition to rehire James Gunn for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has now earned 169,000 signatures, surpassing the original goal of 150,000 in just three days. It seems unlikely that Disney would reverse such a dramatic decision, but it remains to be seen whether the Guardians cast, along with producer Kevin Feige, might be able to sway them.
It’s unclear at this time how Gunn’s firing will impact Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Gunn had already completed the script, and the film was expected to begin shooting early next year for a summer 2020 release. However, if Disney is to fully cut ties with Gunn, this would likely involve throwing out his screenplay and starting over, in which case it seems unlikely that the film would be ready in time for the rumored May 2020 opening date.
In terms of who might replace Gunn, the fan-favorite is Taika Waititi, the director of Thor: Ragnarok, although we don’t yet know whether he would be interested or available.