‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’s third installment currently has no director after James Gunn, was fired earlier this month.
The movie producer fired Gunn, preventing him from being able to direct ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Vol. 3, after a string of social media posts of his were unearthed.
A series of tweets were found before Gunn became the director on ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’, which made light of subjects like paedophilia and rape.
One tweet read: ‘I like when little boys touch me in my silly place.”
Another read: ‘The best thing about being raped is when you’re done being raped and it’s like, “whew this feels great, not being raped!”’ In a statement, Walt Disney Studios chairman said: ‘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.’
The tweets have claimed to have been dug up and posted by alt-right social media personality and conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich. James Gunn has since issued a statement (via Hollywood Reporter), saying: ‘My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative.
‘I have regretted them for many years since – not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don’t reflect the person I am today or have been for some time.”
He added: ‘Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today.
“Even these many years later, I take full responsibility for the way I conducted myself then.
“All I can do now, beyond my sincere and heartfelt regret, is to be the best human being I can be: accepting, understanding, committed to equality, and far more thoughtful about my public statements and my obligations to our public discourse.
“To everyone inside my industry and beyond, I again offer my deepest apologies. Love to all.”