7:57am PT by Ryan Parker
'Guardians of the Galaxy' Stars Respond to James Gunn Firing
A number of the stars from Guardians of the Galaxy have responded to the firing of writer-director James Gunn, who was dropped from the upcoming third film by Disney after a number of offensive tweets were resurfaced by Donald Trump supporters in an effort to attack Gunn for being an outspoken critic of the president.
In the tweets from nearly a decade ago, Gunn made lewd comments about rape and pedophilia. He has since apologized for the posts and said they do not represent who he is now.
Disney's decision to fire Gunn from the third installment of the Marvel franchise infuriated a number of people in the business, including the stars of the superhero films.
Michael Rooker, who played Yondu, said he was leaving Twitter over "the ongoing BULLS—T."
“This account will be inactive after today,” Rooker wrote. “We’re very tired & upset over the ongoing BULLS–T… neither I nor my rep will use Twitter again. Twitter sucks and I want nothing to do with it. Thank you to all who gave kind words & support. See you on Instagram.”
Dave Bautista, who plays Drax, also sent a number of tweets in which he defended Gunn while expressing his anger over the termination.
"I will have more to say but for right now all I will say is this..@JamesGunn is one of the most loving,caring,good natured people I have ever met. He’s gentle and kind and cares deeply for people and animals. He’s made mistakes. We all have. Im NOT ok with what’s happening to him," the actor wrote.
Chris Pratt, who plays Star-Lord, posted a tweet referring to the situation.
“'Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters. Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.' JAMES 1:19," Pratt tweeted.
Zoe Saldana, who plays Gamora, 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."
Pom Klementieff, who plays Mantis, shared a video of a note she wrote, which reads, "We are Groot. We are a family. We stand together."
Finally, Gunn's brother and Guardians actor, Sean Gunn, wrote a lengthy post about the situation on Instagram.
"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 all the people in his life," he wrote in part.
The Hollywood Reporter reached out to reps for Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel for comment.