Director James Gunn of Guardians of the Galaxy reveals why he won’t work with some performers. Gunn is one of the few film filmmakers to have succeeded in both the Marvel and DC universes. One of the most fun movies in the MCU was made possible by his work on Guardians of the Galaxy, and the sequel received comparable accolades. In an unexpected turn of events, Disney sacked Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy 3 after some contentious old tweets came to light. Though he was shortly re-hired, Gunn was quickly selected by Warner Bros. for 2021’s The Suicide Squad. There has been a lot of praise for that movie, its spinoff series, Peacemaker, and devoted fan groups.
Gunn’s termination garnered headlines, and since then, he hasn’t been silent about his views on the movie and television industries. After being fired, he spoke out about the experience and has since been known to stand up for the celebrities he works with when they are attacked online, including Chris Pratt of the movie Guardians. Despite having a kind and accommodating attitude toward his colleagues, Gunn appears to have some boundaries that he will not exceed.
Gunn discusses his method for selecting actors and crew for his creative ventures during a Twitter fan Q&A. He says he won’t work with “assholes” in answer to a query regarding recasting, and he then goes on to describe the process he uses to screen actors before employing them.
The tweet demonstrates Gunn’s professionalism, and it is evident that he is committed to establishing a relaxing and effective working environment in the projects he oversees. It’s comforting to know that he has legitimate reasons for the individuals on his blacklist, even if he naturally declined to divulge any names from the list of creatives he won’t work with. Gunn appears to be acutely aware of the vulnerability that occasionally comes with filmmaking, having previously spoken out about the value of intimacy coordinators on sets. His “no jerks or irresponsible persons” approach is how he makes sure that everyone on the cast and crew is treated with respect and feels secure and at ease, while working on the project.
It’s reassuring to know that Gunn applies a strict standard of due research when selecting performers as one of the greatest names in Hollywood right now. In light of the #MeToo movement and other reports of dubious behavior by performers on film sets, Gunn undoubtedly upholds a strict protocol that helps and improves the atmosphere of his sets. The cast and crew of Gunn’s next project will undoubtedly be of the highest caliber, even if Guardians of the Galaxy 3 is reportedly his final MCU film.