One of the biggest upsets of last year was The Walt Disney Company firing Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn after his old tweets were shared around social media. An even bigger shock was when they reversed the decision back in March of this year.
The usually-outspoken filmmaker has been mostly silent, but has now opened up about the past year in an interview with Deadline.
He said: "Disney totally had the right to fire me. This wasn’t a free speech issue. I said something they didn’t like and they completely had the right to fire me. There was never any argument of that.
"I don’t blame anyone. I feel and have felt bad for a while about some of the ways I spoke publicly; some of the jokes I made, some of the targets of my humour, just the unintentional consequences of not being more compassionate in what I’m putting out there. I know that people have been hurt by things that I’ve said, and that’s still my responsibility."
"That first day," he continued. "I’m going to say it was the most intense of my entire life... It happened, and suddenly it seemed like everything was gone. I just knew, in a moment that happened incredibly quickly, I had been fired. It felt as if my career was over...
"And then came this outpouring of real love. From my girlfriend Jen; my producer and my agents; Chris Pratt calling me and freaking out; Zoe Saldana and Karen Gillan, all calling and crying. Sylvester Stallone FaceTime-ing me. And, of course, Dave Bautista, who came out so strong. That amount of love that I felt from my friends, my family, and the people in the community was absolutely overwhelming.
"So a part of that day was the worst of my life, and a part of it was the greatest day of my life.
"That first couple weeks, I completely stayed off social media. I just completely disconnected from all of that. It was hard as hell and I was really living minute-to-minute, but it was also rewarding, in being able to see life from a different perspective."
Speaking about his signing with DC and Warner Bros to do The Suicide Squad and eventually getting re-hired by Disney, he said: "The studios, for the most part, said, 'We’d love to have you'. They called within the first two days. But I didn’t believe it.
"The Suicide Squad sequel, it just instantly started flowing. I don’t think I’ve had as much fun writing a script since maybe Dawn of the Dead. That’s what this whole movie has been like."
Gunn continued: "The initial conversations with Alan (Horn, Disney head) weren’t, 'Let’s figure out if I should come back'. It was, 'Let’s talk about this'. It was like the break-up of my marriage.
"I got divorced, and then had those conversations with my ex-wife: 'Let’s get along as well as we possibly can and be kind to each other because we’re both a large part of each other’s lives'.
"I got a little bit teary-eyed in his office. And then I had to go tell Kevin Feige I had just decided to do Suicide Squad, so that made me very nervous."
The Suicide Squad is apparently pencilled in for an August 6, 2021 release date. So if Guardians of the Galaxy vol 3 does come out in the same year, it'll probably be later than that.
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