In the wake of Director James Gunn being fired by Disney from directing the third Guardians of the Galaxy film, many of the franchises’ actors have taken to social media to express shock and support.
Actor Dave Bautista, famous for his portrayal of Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, was among the first to release a statement and the most outspoken.
What happened here is so much bigger then G3, @JamesGunn ,myself,@Disney etc. This was a #cybernazi attack that succeeded. 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 https://t.co/AMZEd0tfqb
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) July 22, 2018
Gunn was taken off the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 after old tweets from his personal twitter account were unearthed. The tweets were largely tasteless and offensive jokes about delicate subjects such as pedophilia and rape. Though the tweets were from before Gunn became involved with the Guardians franchise, Disney decided to part ways with the director.
“The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values,” Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said in a statemnt. “We have severed our business relationship with him.”
Zoe Saldana, who plays Gamora in the franchise, was more reserved in a statement tweeted out on Sunday, but also seemingly shared support for the fired director.
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.
— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) July 22, 2018
Gunn’s brother, Sean Gunn, also a part of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise as Kraglin, also spoke out about his brother’s firing. Two days ago Sean Gunn tweeted a nine-part tweet thread about his feelings towards his brother being taken off the newest Guardians of the Galaxy project.
1. I hope it goes without saying that I love and support my brother James. And I'm quite proud of how kind, generous, and compassionate he is with the people in his life, whether they are friends, family, colleagues, fans, or strangers.
— Sean Gunn (@seangunn) July 21, 2018
“Working on those movies made my brother a better person, and they made me one too,” Gunn tweeted to end the thread. “I’m proud of that.”
Gunn’s firing has polarized social media and Hollywood. While many found the tweets offensive and unacceptable, figures from around the entertainment world have voiced their support. Notably, actor and comedian Bobcat Goldthwaite requested that Disney remove his voice from their Guardians of the Galaxy ride at Disneyland after the firing. Actress Selma Blair voiced her support in multiple tweets. Additionally, a Change.org petition urging Disney to rehire him has scored more than 250,000 signatures since Friday.