connectVideoDisney rehires James Gunn to direct ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’
After being fired by Disney in July for ten-year-old inappropriate tweets, filmmaker James Gunn, he is to write and direct the third installment of the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ franchise for Marvel. At the time, Gunn has openly apologized for the tweets, saying that he ” regret them for the many years since.’ The ‘Guardians’ cast released in an open letter later that month, in full support of Gunn.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn broke his silence on his recent firing and the subsequent rehiring by Disney and turned out to be a positive thing that came out of the ordeal.
Disney that he is the filmmaker to write and direct the third installment of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy” in March after firing him in the summer when the old jokes he made about paedophilia and rape surfaced on Twitter. Though he’d previously apologized for the comments and deleted them, Disney made the move to let him go.
Now the Mouse House has brought him back to helm the franchise, Gunn spoke to Deadline about the one bright spot that came out of his public disgrace.
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Gunn called the day that he was discharged “intense.” He explained that he was not worried about the loss of his job or career, but rather the fact that he no longer had a feedback loop for the fans to share their love and support.
“My equipment for the loved, my work, and is famous. I had never really experienced that feeling of being loved so deeply. It is a problem for me in relationships, in friendships; and I can use the experience of loving another person, but I have a very difficult time experiencing being loved,” Gunn explained. “At that time, the device was my only hope for the feeling of love was torn away from me and I had absolutely nothing. I didn’t know what I should do. Should I be locked up?”
Fortunately, it was the cast of the epic film that helped him with the realization that he could love outside of Hollywood fame, which he credits with breaking a bad psychological habit.
The cast of Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie series, defended the director, after Disney made the decision to fire him.
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“And then came this outpouring of true love. My friend Jen; my producer and my agents; Chris Pratt calling me and freaking out; Zoe Saldana and Karen Gillan, all call and cry. Sylvester Stallone FaceTime-ing me. And, of course, Dave Bautista, who came so strong,” Gunn revealed. “That amount of love I felt from my friends, my family and the people in the community is absolutely overwhelming. In order for me to have felt the love for the first time, the thing that is needed is to happen, must the device that I felt wrongly held had to be completely eliminated.”
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The stars of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy” previously released a joint statement urging Disney to rehire James Gunn shortly after his firing.
“James is not likely to be the last good person to be put to the test. 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,” the cast of the letter read.
Gunn addressed the current climate to say that he hopes that people use the spotlight to grow and change.
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“There is a lot of really positive things that’s coming out of all of this, and one of those positives, I was able to learn. People should be able to learn from mistakes. If we take away the opportunity for someone to learn and become a better person, I’m not sure what we left with,” he concluded. “I’ve learned all sorts of things about myself through this process.”