Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and six other main cast members of "Guardians of the Galaxy" have issued an open letter in support of ousted director James Gunn.
The Walt Disney Co. fired Gunn from directing the third installment 10 days ago over old tweets where he joked about subjects like rape and pedophilia.
Cast members write Monday that they aren't defending Gunn's jokes from years ago but wished to speak about his upstanding character on the set of "Guardians" 1 and 2. They say they look forward to working with Gunn in the future.
The letter also cautions against weaponizing mob mentality and character assassination.
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Pratt says in an Instagram post that he would love to see him reinstated as the director of the third film.