Chris Pratt said it has not been “an easy time” since director James Gunn was fired from “Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3” after old tweets resurfaced that appeared homophobic, racist and pro-pedophilia.
“It’s not an easy time. We all love James and he’s a good friend of ours, but we also really love playing the Guardians of the Galaxy,” the 39-year-old actor told the Associated Press in a piece published Wednesday. (RELATED: Selma Blair Pleads With Disney To Rehire James Gunn: ‘This Man Is One Of The Good Ones’)
“It’s a complicated situation for everybody,” he added. “And you know, we just want to move forward and do what’s right and be the best people we can be.”
In a joint statement from Pratt and his fellow cast members released last month, they voiced their full “support for Gunn” and he personally shared he would “love to see him reinstated” as the director of the third installment of the popular Marvel franchise.
“We fully support James Gunn,” the statement read. “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 conspiracies surrounding him.”
“Being in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies has been a great honor in each of our lives. We cannot let this moment pass without expressing our love, support, and gratitude for James,” it added. “We are not here to defend his jokes of many years ago but rather to share our experience having spent many years together on set making Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and 2. The character he has shown in the way 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. 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.”