Disney cut ties with the director of the first two ‘Guardians’ films shortly after tweets from 2008 and 2009 in which he seemingly jokes about rape and paedophilia were brought to light by conservative website The Daily Caller.
In a new interview with the Associated Press, Pratt said: “It’s not an easy time. We all love James and he’s a good friend of ours, but we also really love playing the Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s a complicated situation for everybody. And you know, we just want to move forward and do what’s right and be the best people we can be.”
Pratt described the experience of hearing the news while at Comic-Con, saying: “I ended up not doing a lot of interviews around that time just because it was so shocking.”
Of a joint open letter protesting the decision by the chief ‘Guardians’ cast posted online, he continued: “All I know is we put a lot of time, thought and effort into the statement that we released about it. And I think we all kind of want that statement to be essentially what we have to say about it. And we were pretty clear and honest about how we feel.”
Pratt’s co-star Bautista has also defended Gunn on multiple occasions, most recently via an expletive tweet, and has indicated that he is prepared to quit the franchise. Chris Pratt has also spoken out on the scandal in the past along with Zoe Saldana and over 300,000 people have signed a petition demanding his reinstatement.
Despite these protests, Disney are reportedly “unlikely” to rehire the director.