Following James Gunn’s firing from Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.3 two weeks ago after some of his old controversial tweets resurfaced, the director has been inundated with support from all corners of the internet as fans push for Disney to rehire him.
And now the latest attempt to change Disney’s mind comes from none other than the Guardians Of The Galaxy themselves.
In a new open letter shared to Chris Pratt’s Instagram, the Guardians Of The Galaxy cast shared their unwavering support for Gunn and reaffirmed that his controversial old tweets were not a true reflection of who he is.
In addition to Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, Pom Klementieff, and Gunn’s brother Sean Gunn all signed the letter in a move of solidarity.
What is really touching here is how the cast signs off as “The Guardians Of The Galaxy” rather than “The cast of the Guardians Of The Galaxy”. It’s always those little things that ring the loudest.
The letter is respectful and no diva-like demands about boycotting or oversized trailers as compensation are made, but it remains to be seen whether Disney will do anything.
With nearly 350,000 fans signing a Change.org petition supporting the rehiring of Gunn, not to mention the deep dives into the actual underlying issues behind the whole debacle, there simply is no way for Disney not to realise the ramifications of their original knee-jerk decision.
The silence since Gunn’s firing has been deafening, but there’s still time for Disney to do the right thing by rehiring the guy.
While the Guardians cast letter doesn’t explicitly say Gunn should be rehired, Pratt did it anyway in the Instagram caption, writing “Although I don’t support James Gunn’s inappropriate jokes from years ago, he is a good man. I’d personally love to see him reinstated as director of Volume 3”.
I’m with you on that one, Chris.