It's been a little over two weeks since James Gunn got fired from directing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Disney dropped Gunn, who led the first two installments of the franchise after ten-year-old molestation and rape joke tweets were unearthed.
Since then, the film's entire cast including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, and Dave Bautista have come out to support Gunn in a joint open letter. Now, Kurt Russell, whose signature wasn't on the open letter and appeared in the film's sequel, is backing up Gunn in a statement of his own.
"It’s sad. But it’s a part of our fabric now, and I get it," Russell told Variety. "But I do think we’re getting a little too sensitive on maybe some of the wrong people."
He later continued: "You have to realize 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 said. "He has a wonderful heart and a wonderful mind. I hope he is forgiven."
Although the cast asked for Disney to bring Gunn back to direct the third film, Variety's sources say it's probably not going to happen. Russell appeared as Peter Quill/Star-Lord's dad and (spoiler alert) antagonist of the film, Ego. It's unlikely Russell would have returned for Vol. 3 since (spoiler alert again) he seemingly died at the end of Vol. 2, but it seems to have enjoyed working with Gunn either way.