Washington: James Gunn has finally broken his silence on his public ouster from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’ after his controversial tweets on topics like paedophilia and rape resurfaced on the internet.
The filmmaker, who directed the first two volumes of the Marvel film, was fired in July last year. Later the same month, he apologised for his insensitive tweets. He was recently rehired by Disney and is all set to direct the upcoming installment of the franchise.
During a recent interview with Deadline, Gunn claimed that the incident made him realise what real love was when people who were close to him, including his ‘Guardian’ stars Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista, stuck by him and vouched for him.
“From my girlfriend Jen; my producer and my agents; Chris Pratt calling me and freaking out; Zoe Saldana and Karen Gillan, all calling and crying, Sylvester Stallone FaceTime-ing me. And, of course, Dave Bautista, who came out so strong,” said Gunn.
Stating that the love he received during that period was overwhelming, he said, “In order for me to have fully felt that love for the first time, the thing that needed to happen was the apparatus by which I was feeling falsely loved had to be completely taken away.”
“So a part of that day was the worst of my life, and a part of it was the greatest day of my life,” Gunn admitted. “I certainly haven’t been perfect in my spiritual journeys since that time, but I have been better,” he added.
Stating that he learned from the incident and has since grown as a person and in his work, Gunn said, “I used to make a lot of offensive jokes. I don’t anymore. I don’t blame my past self for this, but I like myself more and feel like a more full human being and creator today. Love you to you all.”
Following the firing, many celebrities including Pratt, Saldana, Bautista and other Guardians stars came out in support of Gunn. They also signed an open letter to rehire the director for the project.
Days after he was fired from Marvel, he was hired to pen the script of Warner Bros. and DC’s Suicide Squad sequel.