Chris Pratt says "it's not an easy time" for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 cast after James Gunn's firing

Chris Pratt has revealed “it’s not an easy time” since director James Gunn was fired from Guardians of the Galaxy.

Pratt told 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,” Pratt added.

Speaking to the AP, Pratt admitted that it was “shocking” to hear about Gunn being let go. “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 said.

“All I know is we put a lot of time, thought and effort into the statement that we released about it. And I think we all kind of want that statement to be essentially what we have to say about it. And we were pretty clear and honest about how we feel.”

Last month, the entire cast of Guardians of the Galaxy released a joint statement in support of Gunn.

In a message signed by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, Vin Diesel, Pom Klementieff and Michael Rooker, the cast pledged their support to James Gunn, adding that his story is “not over”.

Pratt went a step further, writing alongside the statement that in spite of Gunn’s “inappropriate jokes”, he would “love to see him reinstated as director of Volume 3“.

Disney officially dropped Gunn earlier in July, after a number of controversial old tweets surfaced in which the director joked about paedophilia and rape.

The company confirmed it had “severed” its relationship with Gunn, calling the comments made “indefensible and inconsistent” with its values.

James Gunn has addressed the sacking, both on Twitter and in a subsequent statement, apologising for his past behaviour and crude jokes while promising he had changed.

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