Karen Gillan On Almost Losing James Gunn For Guardians Of The Galaxy 3

It's been old news that was swept under the rug the moment it was resolved, but some might forget that James Gunn was fired as the director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3. Taking him out of the Guardians movie production would have been like taking the sugar out of Pixy Stix, at least Karen Gillan thought as much.

Gillan, who plays the franchise's anti-hero Nebula, recently opened up about what it was like for that period of time when Gunn was out of the picture. In essence, because Gunn was the maestro who helped bring such a little-known comic book series to astronomical heights - along with the actors whose careers took off because of Guardians of the Galaxy - not having him there would have been like having a family member removed from a get-together.

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“I think everybody was so excited to be back together. The feeling was giddy excitement. The whole family was back together, and we truly do feel like a family. And it just wouldn’t have felt right without James [Gunn] back with us,” Gillan said to The Hollywood Reporter. “It just wouldn’t have been the same movie. So we were all extremely grateful that everything got straightened out, as it should have." Gillan added that production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has almost wrapped, and the filmmaking team is feeling bittersweet as this chapter in their lives comes to an end.

Gunn was not only brought back after a period of uncertainty, but he has since proven that his work with Marvel Studios was no fluke. Last year, Gunn brought the DCEU to new heights when he directed The Suicide Squad - DC's original answer to Guardians of the Galaxy to begin with - which received such commercial and critical acclaim that Warner Brothers ultimately decided to expand on that universe. His work in both cinematic universes has helped distinguish him as one of the best filmmakers to direct superhero media, joining the likes of Christopher Nolan and the Russo brothers.

It's topics like these that bring into focus when someone in show business should lose their job because of their conduct. Gunn was fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 for some tweets from way back when that nobody made a big deal of at the time. Make no mistake, they were inappropriate tweets that definitely warranted a punishment from his employers, but getting fired over something like that seemed excessive. It was strange behavior from a while ago, but they weren't unforgivable actions in the slightest, unlike, say, disgraced Hollywood exec Harvey Weinstein.

Then again, knowing that he was eventually rehired not too long after that, one can't help but wonder if Gunn can get off the hook for something like that because he's a talented filmmaker who makes very enjoyable content. Is it easier to forgive disturbing tweets when the person who sent them out is an accomplished and popular entertainer? At the end of the day, this "scandal" happened years ago, and the tweets originally sent out were from a decade ago, so it doesn't really matter now, but it should make people wonder what crosses the line for people in show business?

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is scheduled to be released in theaters on May 5, 2023.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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