Chris Pratt calls for James Gunn to be reinstated as ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ director

"He is a good man"

Chris Pratt has called for James Gunn to return as director of the forthcoming ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ film.

The 39-year-old actor wrote on Twitter on Monday (July 30) that Gunn is “a good man” despite the “inappropriate jokes” that led to his sacking earlier this month.

Pratt wrote: “Although 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”

Pratt then asks Twitter users to read his full explanation via his Instagram.

In the follow-on post, in which it’s revealed that some of the cast support Pratt’s call, Pratt praises Gunn for changing their “lives forever”, and urges readers to “stop weaponising mob mentality.”

One section reads:

“Being in the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ movies has been a great honor in each off 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 of 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 his 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 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.”

The Instagram post is signed at the bottom by a number of castmembers including Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, and Dave Bautista.

Gunn was fired from the director post after a series of controversial tweets recently resurfaced. In them, Gunn had allegedly made jokes about rape and paedophelia.

Bautista, who plays the character Drax in the franchise, has also called for Gunn’s reinstatement.

Earlier in July, the actor said he was “not OK” with Gunn being fired and that he was “one most loving, caring, good natured people I have ever met”.

Volume 3 of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, which is the final installment, is released in 2020.

Gunn previously said that the plot “will conclude the story of this iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and help catapult both old and new Marvel characters into the next ten years and beyond.”