Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana have reacted to the firing of the franchise’s director James Gunn.
Gunn was dropped by Walt Disney after a series of controversial tweets about rape and paedophelia allegedly written in the past by the director surfaced online.
Dave Bautista, who plays Drax the Destroyer in the Marvel franchise has since defended Gunn as has David Dastmalchian, who plays Kurt in Ant-Man.
Now, Zaldana, who plays Gamora, has taken to Twitter to give her thoughts. She wrote: “It’s been a challenging weekend I’m not gonna lie. I’m pausing myself to take everything in before I speak out of term. I just want everyone to know I love ALL members of my GOTG family. Always will.”
It’s been a challenging weekend I’m not gonna lie. I’m pausing myself to take everything in before I speak out of term. I just want everyone to know I love ALL members of my GOTG family. Always will.
— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) July 22, 2018
Pratt was even more cryptic in his response. The actor chose a Bible verse as his means of communicating his thoughts on Twitter – notably choosing a quotation from the Epistle of James in the New Testament.
He wrote: “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters. Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.”
Pratt also distanced himself from talking about Gunn during a panel talk at Comic-Con during the unveiling of The Lego Movie 2 yesterday (July 22), according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters. Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.”
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) July 22, 2018
But Gunn’s brother Sean jumped to his brother’s defence with a series of tweets. He wrote: “I hope it goes without saying that I love and support my brother James. And I’m quite proud of how kind, generous, and compassionate he is with the people in his life, whether they are friends, family, colleagues, fans, or strangers.”
He added: “This isn’t new information, by the way. It’s all stuff that James has explained many times in interviews, in more detail and more eloquently. It’s not some new spin. It’s always been part of the story.
“So I guess my hope is that fans continue to watch and appreciate the Guardians movies, not despite the fact that the filmmaker used to be kind of a jackass, but because of it. They are, after all, movies about discovering your best self.”
2. Since he was a kid, it was clear he had a desire (maybe destiny) to be an artist, tell stories, find his voice through comics, films, his band. The struggle to find that voice was sometimes clunky, misguided, or downright stupid, and sometimes wonderful, moving, and hilarious.
— Sean Gunn (@seangunn) July 21, 2018