La vicenda del licenziamento di James Gunn voluto dalla Disney e dai Marvel Studios a causa di alcuni vecchi tweet ha smosso le coscienze di molti. Alcuni, come Dave Bautista e il fratello del regista Sean Gunn, hanno preso subito le sue difese mentre online è iniziata una raccolta di firme per chiedere alla Disney di riassegnare a Gunn la regia di Guardiani della Galassia vol. 3.
La petizione ha raccolto in poche ore migliaia di firme. Resta da vedere – anche se la cosa pare essere molto difficile, per non dire impossibile – se la Disney applicherà una sorta di perdono e un dietrofront nei confronti di Gunn.
Nel testo della petizione, l’autore ha scritto:
“Sono abbastanza intelligente da capire che questa mossa molto probabilmente non cambierà nulla ma, auspicabilmente, potrà far capire a Disney che hanno commesso un errore, e magari eviteranno di ripeterlo in futuro. […] Le persone dicono una serie di cretinate mentre lavorano per uno studio, lo studio ha il pieno diritto di licenziare quella persona per la possibile controversia che ne deriva. Ma questa situazione è diversa, perché lui ha scritto quelle battute anni prima di lavorare per Disney, e poi erano battute.“
Di seguito, invece, potete leggere il tweet di sostegno scritto da Bautista e il messaggio pubblicato su Instagram da Sean Gunn:
I will have more to say but for right now all I will say is this..@JamesGunn is one of the most loving,caring,good natured people I have ever met. He’s gentle and kind and cares deeply for people and animals. He’s made mistakes. We all have. Im NOT ok with what’s happening to him
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) July 21, 2018
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It goes without saying that I love and support my brother James and I’m quite proud of how kind, generous, and compassionate he is with all the people in his life. Since he was a kid, it was clear he had a desire (maybe destiny) to be an artist, tell stories, find his voice through comics, films, his band. The struggle to find that voice was sometimes clunky, misguided, or downright stupid, and sometimes wonderful, moving, and hilarious. Since devoting his entire life to the Guardians movies and MCU six years ago, I’ve seen him channel that voice into his work and seen him transform from the guy who made up things to shock people. I saw firsthand as he went from worrying about “softening his edge” for a larger audience to realizing that this “edge” wasn’t as useful of a tool as he thought it was. That his gift for storytelling was something better. I saw that he was more open-hearted than the guy who thought he needed to get a rise out of people by making nasty or offensive jokes (or whatever you choose to call them—I don’t think his bluer material was ever his funniest and neither does Mom). And the best part is, this change in my brother was reflected in the change that the Guardians go through. I’ve heard my brother say many times that when Quill rallies the team with “this is our chance to give a shit”—to care—that it’s the pep talk he himself needed to hear. It’s part of what made working on the Guardians movies such a rewarding experience for the cast. We managed to find ourselves involved in a big-budget superhero movie that was, at its core, deeply personal. That’s a gift. And that’s why it’s good. This isn’t new information, by the way. It’s all stuff that James has explained many times in interviews, in more detail and more eloquently. It’s not some new spin. It’s always been part of this story. So I guess my hope is that fans continue to watch and appreciate the Guardians movies, not despite the fact that the filmmaker used to be kind of a jackass, but because of it. They are, after all, movies about discovering your best self. Working on those movies made my brother a better person, and they made me one too. I’ll always be proud of that. Peace.