Kurt Russell Defends James Gunn, Hopes Fired Director Can Be Forgiven

"He has a wonderful heart and a wonderful mind. I hope he is forgiven."

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn was fired from helming the third film in the series after a number of disturbing Tweets surfaced where the director made rape and paedophilia jokes.

Since his firing several celebrities have spoken out in support of Gunn, including the entire Guardians cast who released a statement urging the studio to re-hire him and confirming that they "fully support" the director.

Now another Guardians cast member and Disney royalty has spoken about the firing. Kurt Russell, who played Ego the Living Planet in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, spoke to Variety on Sunday night saying "We're getting a little too sensitive on maybe some of the wrong people".

"You have to realise 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."

While not explicitly calling for the director to be reinstated, many are noting how Russell called for at least forgiveness is interesting considering his long history with the studio that ultimately severed Gunn's contract.

Russell joined the Disney family in 1966 in the film Follow Me, Boys! and became the studio's biggest star in the '70s, signing a decade-long contract with Disney. There's also an incredible urban legend that Walt Disney's last words were "Kurt Russell".

The more accurate truth is that a misspelling of Russell's name was one of the last things Disney wrote before being hospitalised just before his death, but still... that's an insane story.

Despite the statements from the film's stars as well as a major groundswell of fan support, including an online petition with over 360,000 signatures, it does not appear that Disney is looking to change their position and reinstate Gunn to direct the third Guardians film.

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