‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Stars Speak Out in Support of James Gunn After Disney Firing

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James Gunn’s colleagues have come out in support after he was surprisingly fired by Disney.

Disney cut ties with the Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker after a number of the his past tweets, mostly from 2008 and 2009, were brought back into the spotlight by certain conservative people. The tweets were highly inappropriate jokes, some relating to rape and pedophilia.

“To everyone inside my industry and beyond, I again offer my deepest apologies,” Gunn said in a statement, accepting Disney’s decision to fire him.

Gunn’s colleagues have come out in support. Dave Bautista, who plays Drax in Gunn’s two Guardians of the Galaxy movies, has been particularly outspoken.

“He’s made mistakes. We all have,” reads Bautista’s first tweet about these developments. “Im NOT ok with what’s happening to him.”

Bautista also tweeted:

Sean Gunn, James’ brother and actor in the Guardians films (he played Kraglin and was a stand in for Rocket on set), also expressed his support:

Selma Blair shared a petition created to have Gunn re-hired. “Because if people are punished despite changing, then what does that teach people about owning mistakes and evolving?” Blair tweeted. “This man is one of the good ones.”

Other cast members have shared their support, although it appears they did so much more carefully:

Chris Pratt –

Zoe Saldana –

Michael Rooker quit Twitter, posting: “This account will be inactive after today. We’re very tired & upset over the ongoing BULLSHIT… neither I nor my rep will use Twitter again. Twitter sucks and I want nothing to do with it.” His account’s profile pic was then changed to an image of him alongside Gunn.

Karen Gillan –

Pom Klementieff –

At the time of writing, the Change.org petition to have Gunn re-hired has hit a bit over 161,000 of its 200,000 target. You can check it out HERE.

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