The Guardians of the Galaxy cast has unanimously released a statement supporting recently fired director James Gunn.
The cast posted to their respective Instagram accounts today, saying that while they don't condone the statements/tweets James Gunn made in the past, it has been a pleasure working with him and that:
"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 we all know, trust, and love."
The cast waited 10 days to issue a statement so they could do so in a coordinated effort.
Actors Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, Pom Klementieff, and Michael Rooker all signed the statement.
You can read it in its entirety below:
Many included #wearegroot in the description.
It's unclear whether Disney/Marvel will take this into account when considering the fate of the next Guardians of the Galaxy film, or whether or not their decision would impact the return of the cast (though there are of course contractual obligations to consider). The statement supporting the director is just vague enough to leave room for individual decisions, but it's clear that the cast put considerable time into the wording of their efforts.
We'll update further if there's a response from the director. You can read his original reaction to the firing here:
1. Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo. As I have discussed publicly many times, as I've developed as a person, so has my work and my humor.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 20, 2018