Kurt Russell Comments on James Gunn, Hopes Gunn is “Forgiven”

It seems like each day since the firing of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn by Disney brings even more support for the filmmaker. That’s not to say there aren’t still numerous high-profile and vocal proponents of Gunn remaining separated from the House of Mouse and planned third Guardians film, but it’s what people are saying about Gunn that matters in this.

Kurt Russell, who played Star-Lord’s father Ego the Living Planet in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, spoke to Variety during an Emmy celebration for Netflix’s Wild Wild Country yesterday about the situation, offering his thoughts and opinions:

“It’s sad. But it’s a part of our fabric now, and I get it. But I do think we’re getting a little too sensitive on maybe some of the wrong people.

“You have to realize that when you are in that world as a comedian, a writer, whatever you’re always stretching the boundaries and trying to find something which lead him to something that the world loves, which is Guardians of the Galaxy. He has a wonderful heart and a wonderful mind. I hope he is forgiven.”

Russell’s comments come right after another stand taken by GotG star Dave Bautista on twitter on the same day:

I will do what Im legally obligated to do but Guardians without JamesGunn is not what I signed up for. GOTG w/o James Gunn just isn’t GOTG. Its also pretty nauseating to work for someone who’d empower a smear campaign by fascists . That’s just how I feel

There is no word at this time about a possible lenient and understanding change on the part of Disney in this situation.

About Mary Anne Butler

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Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

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