James Gunn accepts Disney had 'every right' to fire him

James Gunn accepts Disney had 'every right' to fire him

It's been a long road for director James Gunn over the past year.

James Gunn has given his first in-depth interview since being fired, then subsequently re-hired, by Disney.

James Gunn says he takes "full responsibility" for Disney firing him after a series of decade-old tweets in which he joked about rape and child abuse resurfaced. His tweets, while made years ago during a time when he wasn't thinking almost as hard about serious issues, were deeply tasteless, and treated topics like rape and pedophilia far too lightly. He said that it used to be part of his act to tweet things that would outrage people. I relate to Rocket and I feel compassion for Rocket, but I also feel like his story has not been completed.

In the end, Gunn did conclude that Disney had the absolute right to fire him. This wasn't a free speech issue. "Technically my fears were allayed immediately", Gunn remembered, "Jason Blum was doing a [San Diego Comic-Con] panel when the announcement happened and he said, 'I'd hire James Gunn right now'". There was never any argument of that.

In the days since, things really changed for Gunn.

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However, he would go on to detail that he received a ton of support from his girlfriend, his producer, his agents, and the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy.

Suicide Squad 2 is slated for release in August 2021. I guess it was a possibility for a while, but the initial conversations with Alan (Horn, Disney film chief) weren't, 'Let's figure out if I should come back.' It was, 'Let's talk about this.' It was like the break-up of my marriage. I said something they didn't like and they completely had the right to fire me. It was previously reported that production of GOTG3 will only commence after Gunn has wrapped The Suicide Squad.

Gunn admits that while he was anxious about his future, the fact that other studios were looking to hire him so soon after the initial Disney debacle gave him hope. He also stated that he takes full responsibility for his actions. I just knew, in a moment that happened incredibly quickly, I had been fired. He was let go by Disney from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. "When you asked me what was saddest for me when I thought it was gone - and anybody at Marvel can tell you - it's this very odd and attached relationship to Rocket", he said.

Gunn is excited to be able to finish the Guardians' - and especially Rocket Raccoon's, a character he says he is especially attached to - story arc that he began with the first film, an opportunity he had grimly accepted was lost even though Marvel had said they would still use his script for Vol.3. The House of Mouse very publicly dropped Gunn from any future sequels, and Gunn apologized and owned his mistakes, but the Slither director's very successful run to that point looked all but over. Rather than seeking validation exclusively from the audiences who appreciate his work, the director says that he found out what actual love was from the reactions of those who supported him in the wake of his firing.

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