James Gunn fired from Guardians of the Galaxy series
UPDATE: Entertainment Weekly has revealed a new statement from James Gunn regarding being let go from GOTG 3:
“My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative. I have regretted them for many years since — not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don’t reflect the person I am today or have been for some time.’
“Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today. Even these many years later, I take full responsibility for the way I conducted myself then. All I can do now, beyond offering my sincere and heartfelt regret, is to be the best human being I can be: accepting, understanding, committed to equality, and far more thoughtful about my public statements and my obligations to our public discourse. To everyone inside my industry and beyond, I again offer my deepest apologies. Love to all.”
Walt Disney Studios has fired director James Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 3 after decade-old offensive tweets were dug up. Why were they brought up? A conservative website that I will not name dug up the tweets dating back from 2008-2009 so as to bring the very outspoken director down.
Anyone who has followed James Gunn in recent years has known that he is very anti-Trump and has not shied away from criticizing him. Since the tweets have resurfaced, conservative accounts on Twitter have been directing their followers to confront the director at San Diego Comic-Con, which has received its fair share of potential threats this year.
Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn released a statement pertaining to Gunn’s firing from the project:
“The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him.”
If anyone has been paying attention to James Gunn at all over the years, they would have observed that he has obviously been trying to clean up his image. He himself admitted this in his tweet responses regarding this situation:
“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.”
It is odd that Disney is taking this stance with Gunn over past comments. If they were concerned about worker’s values conflicting with company values, why not remove Robert Downey, Jr for a past history of drug abuse? Or why not remove Johnny Depp from future Disney projects given his issues in recent years and numerous lawsuits? This decision seems more knee-jerk reactionary if anything.
Now that James Gunn is no longer affiliated with Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3, who knows how this will actually influence production on the much-anticipated sequel.
(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)