Despite a strong push to get James Gunn back as director of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” following his firing, Disney and Marvel are standing by their decision to not reinstate him as director for the next installment.
The decision came following a meeting between Gunn and studio chairman Alan Horn.
Chris Pratt said it has not been “an easy time” since director James Gunn was fired from “Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3” after old tweets resurfaced that appeared homophobic, racist and pro-pedophilia.
Pratt told the Associated Press, “It’s not an easy time. We all love James and he’s a good friend of ours, but we also really love playing the 'Guardians of the Galaxy'."
“It’s a complicated situation for everybody,” he added. “And you know, we just want to move forward and do what’s right and be the best people we can be.”
1. Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo. As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 20, 2018
3. In the past, I have apologized for humor of mine that hurt people. I truly felt sorry and meant every word of my apologies.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 20, 2018
5. Anyway, that’s the completely honest truth: I used to make a lot of offensive jokes. I don’t anymore. I don’t blame my past self for this, but I like myself more and feel like a more full human being and creator today. Love you to you all.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 20, 2018