Marvel Studios is in a bit of a pickle right now with Disney firing James Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 for some less than admirable old tweets. The main cast has already gone out with their support to have Gunn re-hired, and now Kurt Russell is also stepping up to bat to say that Disney may have overreacted.
Talking to Variety, Russell comments:
"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."
Gunn was fired after a few of his tweets joking about pedophilia and rape had resurfaced online. Though Gunn had already apologized for these tweets before he was even hired for the first Guardians of the Galaxy, it seems that Disney was suddenly backed into a corner and had abruptly decided to fire Gunn.
"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."
So far over 300,000 signatures have been gathered for a petition to have Gunn hired again, but rumors are coming out that Disney is in ‘no rush' to have Gunn reinstated.
As a fan, I hope that Gunn eventually gets to finish what he started with GotG. It's kind of hypocritical for Disney to suddenly fire him over old tweets, and at the same time promote films that encourage redemption and character growth.
Hopefully this all boils down to Disney doing the right thing.