"We fully support him": Chris Pratt shares open letter from 'Guardians of the Galaxy' cast on James Gunn scandal
The cast of 'Guardians of the Galaxy' has finally broken their silence over James Gunn's firing from Disney.
Disney announced on July 20 that it had fired James Gunn over decade old tweets he had made joking about delicate topics such as rape and pedophilia. Initially unearthed by conservative outlet The Daily Caller, the tweets were made years ago but appeared to display a lack of sensitivity and empathy from the popular 'Guardians of the Galaxy' director.
"Expendables is so manly I f***ed the s*** out of the p***y boy next to me! The boys ARE back in town!," one of the tweets read, and in another, he wrote, "The best thing about being raped is when you’re done being raped and it’s like ‘whew this feels great, not being raped!"
Several further such posts had social media up in arms, leaving Disney with little choice but to terminate their relationship with a director who many considered one of the rising stars in the industry.
Gunn posted his defense in a series of tweets at the time, but there was silence from the cast and crew of the film he had helped make into a billion dollar franchise.
Chris Pratt, the lead for 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' has finally broken his silence on the matter, posting an open letter on his Instagram page on behalf of himself and the rest of his co-stars, defending Gunn and expressing gratitude at having had the chance to work with the director.
Signed by Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Sean Gunn, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillian, Michael Rooker, and Pratt himself, the letter was posted on Monday by Pratt with the caption: "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. If you please, read the following statement - signed by our entire cast."
An Open Letter from the Cast of 'Guardians of the Galaxy':
To our fans and friends:
"We fully support James Gunn. We were all shocked by his abrupt firing last week and have intentionally waited these ten days to respond in order to think, pray, listen, and discuss. In that time, we've been encouraged by the outpouring of support from fans and members of the media who wish to see Hames reinstated as director of Volume 3 as well as discouraged by those so easily duped into believing the many outlandish conspiracy theories surrounding him."
"Being in the "Guardians of the Galaxy" movies has been a great honor in each of our lives. We cannot let this moment pass without expressing our love, support, and gratitude for James. We are not here to defend his jokes from many years ago but rather to share our experience having spent many years together on set making Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and 2. The character he has shown in the wake of the firing is consistent with the man he was every day on set, and his apology, now and from years ago when first addressing these remarks, we believe is from the heart, a heart we all know, trust, and love. In casting each of us to help him tell the story of misfits who find redemption, he changed our lives forever. We believe the theme of redemption has never been more relevant than now."
"Each of us looks forward to working with our friend James again in the future. His story isn't over — not by a long shot."
"There is little due process in the court of public opinion. James is likely not the last good person to be put on trial. Given the growing political divide in this country, it's safe to say instances like this will continue, although we hope Americans from across the political spectrum can ease up on the character assassinations and stop weaponizing mob mentality."
"It is our hope that what has transpired can serve as an example for all of us to realize the enormous responsibility we have to ourselves and to each other regarding the use of our written words when we etch them in digital stone; that we as a society may learn from this experience and in the future will think twice before we decide what we want to express; and in so learning perhaps can harness this capability to help and heal instead of hurting each other. Thank you for taking the time to read our words."