James Gunn opens up about firing and re-hiring on Guardians Of The Galaxy 3
James Gunn has opened up about his sacking and re-hiring on the third instalment of Guardians Of The Galaxy.
Gunn, who had directed both previous instalments of the hit Marvel adaptation, was removed from his role after offensive tweets were discovered from earlier in his career.
However, Disney reversed their decision subsequently and have re-hired Gunn to charge of the movie.
Speaking to Deadline, Gunn said of his initial reaction to the decision to sack him: "I don’t blame anyone. I feel and have felt bad for a while about some of the ways I spoke publicly; some of the jokes I made, some of the targets of my humour, just the unintentional consequences of not being more compassionate in what I’m putting out there."
He continued: "I know that people have been hurt by things that I’ve said, and that’s still my responsibility, that I wasn’t as compassionate as I should be in what I say. I feel bad for that and take full responsibility. Disney totally had the right to fire me. This wasn’t a free speech issue. I said something they didn’t like and they completely had the right to fire me. There was never any argument of that."
Gunn then expanded on his re-hiring by Disney chairman Alan Horn, adding: "I was about to sit down and talk about The Suicide Squad with DC and I was excited about that. Alan asked me to come to talk to him. I really believe he is a good man and I think he hired me back because he thought that was the right thing to do. I was touched by his compassion."
He continued: "You hear in Hollywood that everybody’s cutthroat. That’s true of a section of this industry, but there’s also a lot of really good people. I’m always attracted to finding that goodness in places we don’t expect, often in the characters in my movies. I got a little bit teary-eyed in his office. And then I had to go tell Kevin Feige I had just decided to do The Suicide Squad, so that made me very nervous."
Finally, Gunn spoke of his excitement about his new Suicide Squad reboot, saying: "The Suicide Squad sequel, it just instantly started flowing. I don’t think I’ve had as much fun writing a script since maybe Dawn Of The Dead. That’s what this whole movie has been like that."
Gunn's reboot The Suicide Squad will arrive in August 2021. He will then move on to work on the third instalment of Guardians Of The Galaxy.