Selma Blair took part in Twitter this weekend and defended James Gunn and urged Disney's Marvel, the filmmaker for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 after he was fired for controversial tweets that have recently resurfaced.
"@ JamesGunn Thank you for your talent, your decency, and your development as a man, you supported me when I was in an eerie place, and guided me to the decent and right thing," the actress wrote. "You showed character strength, more than most of the others I know, you got it."
In a follow-up tweet, Blair shared a Change.org petition titled "Marvel: JAMES GUNN RE-HIRE." "If people are punished in spite of change, what good will they have to own mistakes and develop? This man is one of the good guys."
Marvel: RE-HIRE JAMES GUNN ̵1; Sign the petition! Https://t.co/JeVbFZkQLL about @Change . Because if people are punished in spite of everything, what good does it do for people to own mistakes and develop? This man is one of the good guys.
– Selma Blair (@SelmaBlair) July 22, 2018
Later on Sunday, Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt also appeared to defend Gunn, tweeted a verse from the Bible and quoted James 1 : 19: "Understand, my dear brothers and sisters, let everyone hear quickly, speak slowly, slowly to anger."
"Understand, my dear brothers and sisters, let each person listen quickly, speak slowly, with rage."
– chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) July 22, 2018
Gunn's director Pratt in the first two Guardians of the Galaxy films. Pratt appeared on Saturday at Comic-Con to promote [TheLegoMovie2:TheSecondPart in Hall H but did not turn to Gunn's baptism of fire during the panel discussion.
By now Blair and Gunn were close. Last year, when she performed the sexual harassment she saw during the audition for James Toback at Vanity Fair Blair said Gunn's support helped her to recount her story. In a separate interview with The Hollywood Reporter Blair said that Gunn and Doctor Strange author and director Scott Derrickson "have stretched out and said the importance of being on this side of the story
Gunn was released on Friday after conservative figures revived old tweets in which the filmmaker joked about controversial issues such as pedophilia and rape. Gunn is an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump.
"The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James & # 39; Twitter's feeds are unreasonable and disagree with our studio's values, and we've broken our relationship with him," said Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said in a statement.
Apart from Blair, Gunn also received support from star Dauti Bautista, who tweeted on Friday that he was "not ok" with the director's firing. After hearing about Blair's praise for Helmer, Bautista thanked the actress and further argued that the shooting was the result of a "cyber Nazi" attack.
"What happened here is so much bigger than G3, @ James Gunn, me, @ Disney, etc," Bautista tweeted . "It was a # cybernazi attack that succeeded, if we do not band together against this crap people will not be offended … it's going to get a lot worse and it can happen to anyone."
Bautista also argued, "Who will punish you for dreadful JOKES in the past instead of defending you for inspiring millions? MILLIONS !!! #Redemption #injustice." Meanwhile, Gunn's brother Sean, who also plays in the Guardians fringe tournament, came to his defense, urging fans to "appreciate" the films, even though his brother's director used to be "a bit of a jerk."
"I hope the fans continue to see and appreciate the Guardians' films, not even though the filmmaker used to be a junkie, but because of it, it's films that are about discovering your best self" The actor tweeted . He also reiterated that the director had not apologized for the controversial tweets for the first time and had therefore always been "part of the story".
In response to the newly released tweets, Gunn wrote on Twitter last week: "Many people who followed my career knew that I saw myself as a provocateur, made films, and told jokes that were outrageous and taboo Speaking publicly many times about how I developed myself as a human being, as well as my work and humor. "
He added," It's not to say I'm better, but I'm very, very different from myself A few years ago, today I try to anchor my work in love and connectedness and less in anger, my days that say something just because it's shocking and trying to get a reaction are over. "
The Offensive tweets that were posted in 2008 and 2009 made headlines, according to conservative website The Daily Caller, an article published on them. Gunn made a statement Friday afternoon, admitting that he "regretted" the tweets in question, stressing that "they do not reflect the person I am today."
"My words almost a decade ago were utterly failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative," it says in its statement. "I have regretted them for many years – not only because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly senseless, and certainly not provocative, as I had hoped, but also because they do not reflect the person I am today or was for a certain amount of time. "
He continued," Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions made today, and many years later, I take full responsibility for the way I am Now, apart from my sincere and heartfelt regret, I can now be the best person I can be: accept, understand, be committed to equality, and think much more about my public statements and commitments to our public discourse In my industry and beyond, I apologize once again: Love for all. "
Before his dismissal Gunn had the screenplay for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 . Although Marvel Studios had never officially announced the date, it was expected that the film would begin in Atlanta in the fall for an expected release date in 2020.
Updated 19:32 pm. Sunday, July 22: Chris Pratt's tweet added.