It's "not an easy time" and it's also a "complicated" situation" for the stars of the third Guardians of the Galaxy film after Disney's firing of director James Gunn, says main actor Chris Pratt.
Gunn was supposed to return to direct the second sequel of the hit sci-fi and comic film series but in July, Disney cut ties with him over several offensive tweets that he had posted years ago, which had resurfaced on social media. Pratt, who plays Star-Lord, later wrote on Instagram, "Although I don't support James Gunn's inappropriate jokes from years ago, he is a good man. I'd personally love to see him reinstated as director of Volume 3," and he and many of his co-stars, including Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel and Dave Bautista, also circulated an open letter expressing their support of him and his reinstatement.
"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," Pratt told the Associated Press in a recent interview (via IGN). "It's a complicated situation for everybody. And you know, we just want to move forward and do what's right and be the best people we can be."
"All I know is we put a lot of time, thought and effort into the statement that we released about it," he added. "And I think we all kind of want that statement to be essentially what we have to say about it. And we were pretty clear and honest about how we feel."
Gunn had apologized over his past tweets, some of which were jokes about subjects like pedophilia and rape, after Disney fired him, saying, "My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative. I have regretted them for many years since—not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don't reflect the person I am today or have been for some time. Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today. Even these many years later, I take full responsibility for the way I conducted myself then."
"All I can do now, beyond offering my sincere and heartfelt regret, is to be the best human being I can be: accepting, understanding, committed to equality, and far more thoughtful about my public statements and my obligations to our public discourse," he added. "To everyone inside my industry and beyond, I again offer my deepest apologies. Love to all."