8:31pm PT by Jackie Strause
'Guardians of the Galaxy' Director James Gunn Proves He Is a 'Bachelor' Superfan
James Gunn is an admitted Bachelor superfan, something he proved while visiting After Paradise on Tuesday night.
On the weekly aftershow for the Bachelor summer spinoff series Bachelor In Paradise, the attendance of the Guardians of the Galaxy director quickly stuck out amid the show's other guests, all alums of the ABC reality franchise.
The hourlong live show, which follows the Tuesday-night airing of After Paradise (which airs Mondays and Tuesdays on ABC), is co-hosted by former Bachelor Sean Lowe and After Paradise frequenter Michelle Collins, formerly of The View. The first season was co-hosted by franchise host Chris Harrison and Jenny Mollen.
After Collins introduced Gunn as a fan of the show, the director shared his excitement over sitting next to twins Emily and Haley Ferguson and then wasted no time sharing his opinions about the rest of their dramatic cast. Though blunt, his extensive knowledge about the show's players shone through in his somewhat spot-on analysis.
Of Ashley Iaconetti, the series' infamous crier and self-proclaimed Kardashian look-alike, Gunn said she's a "complete and total psycho."
As for Jared Haibon, the object of "crazy" Ashley's affection? "He's a wuss" who loves to have someone with eyes like the "heart emoji following him around."
Still, he said he felt bad for Ashley and called her wildly entertaining — a good save, considering the contestant joined him on the couch shortly after.
Another guest, beefy and often-shirtless Canadian Daniel Maguire, also became the butt of the group's jokes. "He was created in a lab," Gunn said.
And his opinions didn't stop there.
Couple Izzy Goodkind and Vinny Ventiera are "boring" — "They're no Ashley!" — Lace Morris is sweet but still a "trainwreck"; and when it comes to Josh Murray, the ex-fiance to former Bachelorette Andi Dorfman? "I've been working in Hollywood for 20 years and I'm very good at judging a sociopath," he said.
To the big-screen viewers desperately awaiting his Guardians of the Galaxy sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Gunn promised a trailer "soon."
The director recently screened a sizzle reel of the film, set to hit theaters May 5, 2017, at Comic-Con.
This is Gunn's second appearance on After Paradise. The director, who is a friend to Bachelor producer Elan Gale, appeared during the show's first season alongside Mollen's husband, Jason Biggs.