“It's not an easy time. We all love James and he's a good friend of ours, but we also really love playing the Guardians of the Galaxy,” Pratt recently told the Associated Press. “It's a complicated situation for everybody. And you know, we just want to move forward and do what's right and be the best people we can be.”
Nearly one month ago, Disney announced it would cut ties with Gunn after a number of his controversial tweets resurfaced online. The posts, which were shared between 2008 and 2011, jokingly addressed topics like pedophilia and rape.
“The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him,” Disney chairman Alan Horn said in a statement.
Gunn, who directed the first two Guardians of the Galaxy films, has since apologized for his tweets and has received a growing amount of support from his friends and colleagues. A couple of weeks ago, the Guardians of the Galaxy cast penned a joint open letter calling for Gunn’s reinstatement.
“We fully support James Gunn. We were all shocked by his abrupt firing last week and have intentionally waited these ten days to respond in order to think, pray, listen, and discuss,” the cast wrote. “In that time we have been encouraged by the outpouring of support from fans and members of the media who wish to see James reinstated as director of Volume 3 as well as discouraged by those who so easily duped into believing the many outlandish conspiracy theories around him […] We believe the theme of redemption has never been more relevant than right now.”
The letter was signed by Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Michael Rooker, Pom Klementieff, and Pratt.
When asked if he had any more comments about situation, Pratt told the AP that the cast letter speaks for itself.
“All I know is we put a lot of time, thought, and effort in the statement we released about it,” he explained. “I think we all want that statement to be essentially what we have to say about it, and we were pretty clear and honest about how we feel.”