Kurt Russell spoke out in defense of the plans Disney director James Gunn.
After the firing of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn by Disney, one of the franchise in the stars comes forward to defend him, Kurt Russell.
The 67-year-old star played Ego, the living planet, in ‘ Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2,” and had a lot to say on the topic of Disney firing Gunn about very inappropriate tweets from a few years ago.
“It is sad. But it is a part of our fabric now, and I get it,” Russell told Variety. “But I think we’re a bit too sensitive maybe some of the wrong people.”
As previously reported, Disney severed its business ties with Gunn, who was at the helm, the third installment in the popular superhero science fiction franchise, after a 10-year-old tweets were dug online. In them, the writer joked about pedophilia and rape. While Gunn has apologized for his remarks and noted that they were the result of a first attempt in his career, to provoke, Disney has ignored calls to restore him.
“You have to realize that if you are in the world as a comedian, writer, what you always stretch the boundaries and try to find something that to him is something that the world loves, that is of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,'” Russell continued. “He has a wonderful heart and a beautiful spirit. I hope that he will forgive.”
Russell is not the first “Guardians” cast member to come out in support of Gunn. The cast recently shared an open letter on social media to express their support for Gunn. The letter was signed by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Pom Klementieff and Michael Rooker.
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.
Bautista, who plays Drax, took it a step further and told the fans that he would appear in “Guardians of the Galaxy 3” out of a legal obligation.
I will do whatever Im legally obligated to do, but @Guardians without @JamesGunn is not what I signed for. GOTG w/o @JamesGunn just not GOTG. It is also quite nauseating to work for someone who would authorize a smear campaign by the fascists #cybernazis . That is just how I feel https://t.co/Ym4FwruVDu
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) 5 August 2018
“I will do whatever Im legally obligated to do, but @Guardians without @JamesGunn is not what I signed for. GOTG w/o @JamesGUNN just not GOTG,” he wrote on Twitter. “It’s pretty nauseating to work for someone who would authorize a smear campaign by the fascists #cybernazis . That’s just how I feel.”