The cast of Guardians Of The Galaxy has stood by James Gunn following his firing from the franchise due to tweets he made in the past — very, very dumb tweets that are also being misquoted in the aftermath it seems. No matter what you feel about those tweets, the decision to fire Gunn has drawn some mixed reviews from the court of public opinion while also spawning rumors that Disney is prepared to bring the director back. Or not. Or maybe they will again but under a fake name. Always liked that Gunner Jameson.
Anyway, the cast has written a letter in support of Gunn, some have tweeted prior to that, and now Dave Bautista and Kurt Russell have added some more support. Bautista is the more interesting of the pair because he’s clearly not worried about the company coming down on him. In response to a question about his potential action if Disney doesn’t reinstate Gunn for Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3, Bautista said it was “nauseating” to work for Disney after they’d empower a fascist smear campaign:
I will do what Im legally obligated to do but @Guardians without @JamesGunn is not what I signed up for. GOTG w/o @JamesGunn just isn’t GOTG. Its also pretty nauseating to work for someone who’d empower a smear campaign by fascists #cybernazis . That’s just how I feel https://t.co/Ym4FwruVDu— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) August 5, 2018
Legally he’s Drax no matter who is in the director’s chair, but you can see the writing on the wall over this. This third film has been set up for disaster before it even starts, casting a nasty shadow over the next slate of Marvel films that will follow Infinity War and Avengers 4.
Kurt Russell’s defense was a little less biting while carrying the same sentiment, noting the journey that Gunn took from the time those tweets were written to the point where Guardians became his focus according to Variety:
“It’s sad. But it’s a part of our fabric now, and I get it,” Kurt Russell said to Variety at Netflix’s “Wild, Wild Country” Emmy celebration on Saturday night. “But I do think we’re getting a little too sensitive on maybe some of the wrong people…
“You have to realize that when you are in that world as a comedian, a writer, whatever you’re always stretching the boundaries and trying to find something which lead him to something that the world loves, which is ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’” Russell said. “He has a wonderful heart and a wonderful mind. I hope he is forgiven.”
It remains to be seen what Disney will do, but it does seem like their decision is final. Whoever comes in to the direct the film is going to have a horrible time, especially once promotion starts. I’d rather take a job in the Trump White House.
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