Disney cuts ties with James Gunn about pedophilia tweets
Disney has severed ties with ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ director and ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ producer James Gunn about unearthed tweets of the director to make a joke about pedophilia and rape.
Since Disney’s decision to fire “Guardians of the Galaxy” director, James Gunn, the production of volume 3 of the sci-fi action film series is stopped, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
On Friday, the outlet alert a small group of members of the crew, who was prepping for the pre-production of the film had been rejected and said that it’s free to explore new work options while Disney and Marvel to work on the redesign of the project.
The Marvel film was originally scheduled to be directed by Gunn, and was to start pre-production in the autumn.
The cast of Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie series, the defense of the director after Disney made the decision to fire him.
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Disney made the decision to fire the director of box office hit after the old tweets in which he made the light of themes such as rape and pedophilia came back into the spotlight. Although the director previously has addressed the tweets, he issued a second statement apologizing for his remarks and to explain that he was trying to provoke in the beginning of his career, but it is not by one of the comments that he made in the back on the tweets.
“I have to regret them for many years, because not only because they were stupid, not funny at all, wild, insensitive, and certainly not provocative as I had hoped, but also because they are not a reflection of the person I am now or have been for some time,” Gunn said in a statement. “Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today. Even many years later, I take the full responsibility for the way in which I place myself.”
Following Gunn’s controversial firing, the entire cast of the “Guardians” series, released in a joint statement in support of their director.
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, Vin Diesel, Pom Klementieff and Michael Rooker all signed an open letter addressing the issue and calling for Gunn to be reinstated as the director of the film.
“We fully stand behind James Gunn,” it begins. “We were all shocked by his sudden firing last week and have waited these ten days to respond, to think, to pray, to listen and to discuss.
Although I don’t support James Gunn’s inappropriate jokes from years ago, he is a good man. I would personally love to see him reinstated as a director of a Volume of 3. If you want to, please read the following declaration signed by our entire cast.
“We are not here to defend his jokes from many years ago, but parts of our experience, and has been for many years together on the set of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and 2,” the members of the cast mentioned. “The character he has shown in the aftermath of his firing in accordance with the man he was every day on the set, and his apology, now, and those of a few years ago, when first the approach of this explanatory memorandum, we are of the opinion is from the heart, a heart we all know, trust, and love.”
The statement went to highlight the lack of a fair process, Gunn received for his firing, noting that the political climate in America brought the world a unique rabbit hole of the sensitivity to past comments.
“James is not likely to be the last good person to be put to the test,” the letter continued. “Given the growing political divide in this country, it is safe to say that cases like these will continue, although we hope that Americans from across the political spectrum can ease up on the character assassinations and stop weaponizing mob mentality.”
Fox News’ Tyler McCarthy contributed to this article.
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