James Gunn is no longer the director for the third installment of Guardians of the Galaxy. The man was fired by Disney after some controversial social media posts from the past resurfaced.
Alan Horn, the chairman of Walt Disney Studios, stated through E! News that the tweets discovered are ‘indefensible’ and that they do not reflect the studio’s values and beliefs.
Gunn did attempt to explain the posts earlier this week, but Disney decided to part ways with him regardless.
He tweeted that at the beginning of his career he used to portray himself as a ‘provocateur’ and that those who have kept up with his long career, know very well that he used to tell ‘taboo and outrageous’ jokes.
But according to the director, as he grew as a person, his sense of humor also matured and changed.
Now, his art is supposedly anchored in ‘love and connection and less in anger.’
‘My days saying something just because it’s shocking and trying to get a reaction are over,’ he argued.
‘In the past, I’ve apologized for the humor of mine that hurt people. I truly felt sorry, and I meant every word of my apologies. For the record, when I made those shocking jokes, I was not living them out. I know it’s a weird statement, and seems obvious, but, still, here I am, saying it.’
Gunn was working on the script for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. that was set to start its production in the fall.
While the release date was expected to be 2020, now that the director is being changed, it may or may not be postponed.
James later told E! Online once again that he regrets his almost a decade old jokes that he’s apologized for before and that he is a completely different person today.
Regardless, he made it very clear that he takes responsibility for his mistakes and therefore accepts and understands Disney’s decision fully.