The cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has signed a statement of support for director James Gunn, who was fired earlier this month after offensive tweets dating back to 2009 were uncovered by conservative personality Jack Posobiec.
In a statement signed by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, and Vin Diesel, among others, the Guaridans cast members said they “fully support James Gunn.”
“We were all shocked by his abrupt firing last week and have intentionally waited these ten days to respond in order to think, pray, listen, and discuss. In that time, we’ve been encouraged by the outpouring of support from fans and members of the media who wish to see James reinstated as director of Volume 3 as well as discouraged by those so easily duped into believing the many outlandish conspiracy theories surrounding him.”
“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 when first addressing these remarks, we believe is from his heart, a heart we all know, trust, and love,” the statement adds. “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.”