“Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn, who was dumped 10 days ago from his job helming the third installment in the franchise, received a show of support from the movie’s cast.
The AP reports that Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel and five other main stars of the franchise signed an open letter in support of Gunn, who was let go by The Walt Disney Co. after old tweets surfaced in which he joked about sensitive subjects including rape and pedophilia.
“The cast says it waited 10 days to issue a statement to ‘think, pray, listen and discuss,'” the AP reports. “In the interim, various cast members, including Gunn’s brother Sean Gunn, have issued individual statements. Fan petitions were also started online to rehire Gunn.”
The cast members said they were all shocked by Gunn’s firing, and wrote: “Each of us looks forward to working with our friend James again in the future.”
In an Instagram post, Pratt wrote: “Although I don’t support James Gunn’s inappropriate jokes from years ago, he is a good man.”