‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Stars Come to Defense of Director Fired for Offensive Tweets

Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista and Zoe Saldana are rallying behind James Gunn.

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There’s trouble brewing in the Marvel universe. 

Following Disney’s firing of writer-director James Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, several of the hit superhero franchise’s stars have come forward to support and defend the filmmaker. 

Disney’s decision came after several decade-old tweets posted by Gunn resurfaced, the content of which included offensive jokes about rape and pedophilia. Gunn apologized in an official statement: 

“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.”

James Gunn. 

Michael Rooker, who played Yondu, announced he was deactivating his Twitter account in a fiery statement. 

“This account will be inactive after today,” Rooker wrote in a now-deleted tweet. “We’re very tired & upset over the ongoing BULLS–T… neither I nor my rep will use Twitter again. Twitter sucks and I want nothing to do with it. Thank you to all who gave kind words & support. See you on Instagram.”

Dave Bautista, who plays Drax, declared that he is “NOT ok” with Gunn’s firing. 

Chris Pratt, who plays Star-Lord, showed support by tweeting a biblical proverb about judgment.

Gamora actress Zoe Saldana and Nebula actress Karen Gillan both declared love for all of their “GOTG family.”

Pom Klementieff, who plays Mantis, echoed Saldana and Gillan’s sentiment in a video in which she writes a note that reads, “We are Groot. We are a family. We stand together.”

Guardians of the Galaxy cast members aren’t the only ones who are speaking out. Actress Selma Blair urged fans to sign a petition to bring Gunn back on board in a now-deleted tweet and thanked him for guidance in another. 


Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland called Gunn’s firing “insane.” 


But Roiland may have his own controversy to worry about. Dan Harmon, who is also credited as the Adult Swim cartoon’s co-creator, recently deleted his Twitter account after a sketch in which his character appears to perform sexual acts on a baby doll surfaced on YouTube.


If you’re thinking about tweeting a lewd joke, be ready to lose your job… in 2028. 

h/t: The Hollywood Reporter