‘Guardians’ Actor Kurt Russell Defends James Gunn: ‘I Think We’re Getting A Little Too Sensitive’

The “Guardians of the Galaxy” cast continues to voice its support for James Gunn, who was recently fired by Disney after 10-year-old tweets surfaced in which he made jokes about rape and pedophilia.

“It’s sad. But it’s a part of our fabric now, and I get it,” Kurt Russell said to Variety at Netflix’s “Wild Wild Country” Emmy celebration on Saturday night. “But I do think we’re getting a little too sensitive on maybe some of the wrong people.”

Last month, Disney severed its business relationship with Gunn after tweets that read, “I like when little boys touch me in my silly place” and “The best thing about being raped is when you’re done being raped and it’s like ‘whew this feels great, not being raped!’” were unearthed.

Gunn expressed remorse for the “offensive” jokes, saying that he understood Disney’s decision to terminate him. But “Guardians” cast members Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana have since signed an open letter asking the studio to reinstate the director, although sources tell Variety that scenario is highly unlikely.

“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,'” Russell said. “He has a wonderful heart and a wonderful mind. I hope he is forgiven.”

Related Video: 

More Film

  • Brand Storytelling 2020 Sundance

    Sundance 2020: Brand Storytelling Lineup Set for 5th Annual Media and Marketing Event

    Brand Storytelling is returning to Park City this year to host its fifth annual media and marketing event at the Sundance Film Festival, with a lineup of keynotes, panels, screenings, music performances and more. Launched in 2016, the company’s “festival within a festival” at Sundance will again bring together execs from major brands with media [...]

  • Terry Jones, Director of Monty Python

    Terry Jones, Monty Python Co-Founder, Dies at 77

    Terry Jones, co-founder of Monty Python, died Wednesday after a long struggle with dementia. He was 77. Jones was instrumental in creating the wacky, absurdist style of comedy that Monty Python made famous in the 1970s and directed two of the English comedy group’s most successful films, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “Monty [...]

  • Legion M Launches Film Scout Mobile

    Film News Roundup: Legion M Launches Film Scout Mobile App at Sundance

    In today’s film news roundup, Legion M is launching its Film Scout mobile app, the first round of Oscar presenters are unveiled, Verve is expanding its book-to-screen business, “Gladiator” producer David Franzoni boards an American Indian project, and XYZ announces promotions. SUNDANCE LAUNCH Fan-owned Legion M is launching its Film Scout mobile app at this [...]

  • Writers vs Agents Packaging War WGA

    APA Reaches Deal With Writers Guild of America

    APA has reached a deal with the Writers Guild of America, ending a nine-month standoff over allowing the agency to represent guild members. The full-service agency made the announcement Tuesday, four days after the Gersh agency signed a similar deal with the WGA. It’s the sixth mid-size agency to accede to the WGA’s bans on [...]

  • UTA Sundance

    UTA Marketing Ups Sundance Game With Private Residence, Programming

    Talent agency hospitality is a mainstay at the Sundance film Festival, be it in swanky lounges on Park City’s Main Street or private chalets in nearby Deer Valley. United Talent Agency, whose talent roster and independent film group always come in force each year, typically throws a brunch for friends and press — but will [...]

  • Joel Silver

    Silver Pictures Settles with Family of Assistant Who Died on Bora Bora Trip

    Silver Pictures has reached a confidential settlement with the family of Carmel Musgrove, the assistant to Joel Silver who was found dead in a Bora Bora lagoon in 2015. Musgrove’s family filed a wrongful death suit in 2017, alleging that she had been overworked and furnished with drugs and alcohol during the trip. The family [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content