Chris Pratt still hopes fired 'Guardians of the Galaxy' director James Gunn is reinstated for the third movie, but said it's a 'complicated situation'

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  • “Guardians of the Galaxy” actor Chris Pratt opened up about director James Gunn’s firing from the third movie in an interview with the Associated Press.
  • Pratt said it’s a “complicated situation” for the cast because they love Gunn but also love playing the Guardians characters.
  • “It’s not an easy time,” Pratt said. “We all love James and he’s a good friend of ours, but we also really love playing the Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s a complicated situation for everybody.”
  • He implied that he still hopes to see Gunn reinstated.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” actor Chris Pratt is still reeling from director James Gunn’s firing from the third movie.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Pratt implied that he still hoped to see Gunn reinstated, but also said that it’s a “complicated situation” because the cast loves playing the Guardians characters.

Disney fired Gunn from “Guardians of the Galaxy 3” last month after conservative personalities resurfaced offensive jokes Gunn had tweeted years ago. In the interview, Pratt – who has played Star-Lord in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” and “Avengers: Infinity War” – opened up about Gunn’s firing and said “it’s not an easy time” for the cast.

“I was a little shocked like everybody and it was crazy timing with Comic-Con and stuff,” Pratt said. “I love going to Comic-Con, but I ended up not going a lot of interviews around that time just because it was so shocking. But all I know is that we put a lot of time, thought, and effort into the statement that we released about it and I think we all kind of want that statement to be essentially what we have to say about it. We were pretty clear and honest about how we feel.”

He added, “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. It’s a complicated situation for everybody.”

Pratt and the rest of the main “Guardians” cast recently released an open letter in support of Gunn, and some, including Pratt, took to Twitter to voice that they wanted to see him rehired. When asked whether he still hopes for this, Pratt told AP to “go to his Twitter feed” and if that tweet is still posted, then that “will be what I have to say about it.”

Well, as of Wednesday morning, the tweet is still on his feed. Pratt said, “Although I don’t support James Gunn’s inappropriate jokes from years ago, he is a good man. I’d personally love to see him reinstated as director of Volume 3.”

Variety recently reported, based on anonymous sources, that Disney had no plans to rehire Gunn. But hope was sparked again when Deadline reported, also citing anonymous sources, that Marvel Studios was having backchannel conversations with Disney in an attempt to reach a compromise on bringing Gunn back.

Gunn had finished the “Guardians 3” script and planned to start filming later this year before being fired. The movie is currently set to hit theatres in 2020.

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