“Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn was fired last month after old tweets emerged where he joked about subjects like pedophilia and rape. The 52-year-old filmmaker has since apologized for the tweets, and star Chris Pratt is standing behind him, sharing this statement on their social media channels.

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“It’s not an easy time,” Pratt tells the Associated Press. “We all love James and he’s a good friend of ours but we also really love playing the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy'”.

“It’s a complicated situation for everybody. And you know, we just want to move forward and do what’s right and be the best people we can be.”

The 39-year-old actor also explains why his presence at Comic-Con was ultimately derailed when news of Gunn’s shocking tweets broke.

“I love going to Comic-Con but I ended up not doing a lot of interviews around that time just because it was so shocking,” he shares.

Pratt is joined by his “Guardians” co-stars Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, and four other main stars of the film in signing the statement, supporting the character Gunn showed on the set of his first two films. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” star Kurt Russell has also responded, saying “He has a wonderful heart and a wonderful mind. I hope he is forgiven.”

Since Gunn’s firing, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has petitioned for his re-hiring and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Gunn’s script for the third film might still be used.

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