James Gunn

Selma Blair calls on Disney to re-hire Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn

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Jul 22, 2018

In the aftermath of James Gunn's firing from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, fans and actors have been expressing support for the director. The latest voice in the mix comes from actress Selma Blair, who took to Twitter to back Gunn, and share a petition calling for him to be reinstated on the film.

“@JamesGunn I thank you for your talent, your decency and your evolution as a man. You propped me up when I was in a scary place, and guided me towards the decent and right thing to do. You have shown strength of character more than most anyone I know. You understood” she tweeted last night.

Blair, one of the women to accuse director James Toback of sexual harassment, has become an advocate for the #MeToo movement. Earlier this year, she related how Gunn and Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson reached out to support her after she came forward with allegations about Toback.

"Really, it was two men who were the most comforting to me in saying, 'You'll be safe, you'll be OK,'" Blair told The Hollywood Reporter in February. "That was James Gunn and Scott Derrickson. They reached out and said how important it was to be on this side of history."

Gunn was fired on Friday, July 20 after the conservative outlet the Daily Caller unearthed a series of offensive tweets posted between 2008-2013. Gunn has since apologized and called the tweets “unfortunate efforts to be provocative.”

Blair's comments come after Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista said he was not okay with Gunn's firing. Gunn's removal from the film has also drawn outrage from fans of the director and the series. The Change.org petition that Blair posted, simply titled “Re-Hire James Gunn,” has received more than 58,000 signatures so far.

Blair also replied to Bautista, echoing her support. "I stand by the very decent man @JamesGunn is today. He is a wonderful example of a man committed to owning past discretions and being a stand up person, to say the least," she tweeted.

Gunn joined Marvel and Disney to direct 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy, based on Nicole Perlman's script. He also directed the first sequel and was writing and slated to direct 2020's Vol. 3 when he was fired.