The firing of James Gunn has created a lot of buzz in the entertainment media, everyone is talking about it. Recently we saw Dave Bautista reacting to the matter and now we have the veteran filmmaker Lloyd Kaufman, who directed ‘The Toxic Avenger’ in 1984 has something to say.
Lloyd, who helped James Gunn in his initial years of filmmaking, said that he is the nicest, generous, talented and decent person he has ever known, same thing Dave Bautista said.
He also told his fans to boycott Disney for this behavior.
“If Disney wants to kick somebody else out, they should look at their own movies, their sexist, racist movies that have influenced an entire generation of Americans,” Kaufman explained. “Why do we have so much racism and sexism? It may well have to do with the Disney movies. So maybe Disney [you] should fire yourselves.”
“Troma fans who are here, and nerds who are here, go and picket and do a demonstration at Disney, Uncle Lloyd will be there with you, tell them you love James Gunn.”
Kaufman’s statement was shared by a lot of people in Hollywood and Gunn is getting a huge support from Hollywood and his fans. His star casts from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ are giving him full support, especially Dave Bautista, who went on to say that his firing was because of cybernazis.
Disney’s official statement regarding his firing was
“The offensive attitudes and statements on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him.”
Kaufman also said that Gunn’s firing doesn’t make any sense as his action was way before he was employed by Disney. Gunn’s other supporters pointed on ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star Jhonny Depp, who is still employed by Disney despite he assaulted his ex-wife Amber Heard. They also pointed out that Disney distributed the film ‘Powder’ despite the director of the film Victor Salva had an allegation of having a sexual encounter with 12-year-old, an actress from one of his previous films.
Now, if they are still employed by Disney then there is no point to fire James Gunn. He has given two of the biggest movies of the respective years to Disney and sad to see him go like this. He was already working on the third film of the franchise. We don’t know who will be directing the movie now but Gunn certainly was the best director to make ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ movies, he made the franchise what it is today.
People are being vocal on this matter and want Disney to rehire Gunn. As of now, around 230,000 people have signed the petition to rehire their beloved filmmaker. Now, its unlikely to happen that Disney will rehire him based on public petition. However, Chandler Edwards, who started the petition is hoping that the company will not fire another talent based on their past.
The petition says:
I’m smart enough to know this most likely won’t change anything but hopefully, this could get Disney to realize the mistake they made and not do it again in the future,” reads Edwards’ petition, which goes on to offer reasons of support for Gunn.
“I agree on the point that if people say a bunch of stupid shit while working for a studio, the studio has full right to fire him over the possible controversy. This situation is very different though as he made these jokes years before he was working for Disney and also the fact that they were jokes.”
Before ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, Gunn worked on various films like Slither, Super, Lolly Love and many more. He has also helped in directing ‘Doctor Strange’ and was the exclusive producer in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’.
Let’s see what we get in the third installment of the franchise. Gunn promised that it will be the biggest film of the series but now we have to see how that will work out.