James Gunn says he has struggled with the idea of feeling loved throughout his life.
The director compared his firing to his divorce from actress Jenna Fischer, which he compared to positively moving on from a period of positivity and growth. I wanted to feel that way about Disney. "I didn't want to look back and feel bitter, upset or angry. I just wanted to be comfortable saying goodbye and splitting up". When all this happened, it went for days and days and days.
"I take full responsibility". (Gunn was, and still is, a vocal critic of president Donald Trump and the Republican party.) The tweets, which made light of such incredibly touchy subjects as rape and pedophilia, were admittedly in extremely poor taste; Gunn took full responsibility for them, while apologizing profusely to those who had been hurt by his words and pointing out that he had grown a great deal as a person in the intervening years. "This wasn't a free speech issue", Gunn said. There was never any argument of that.
"And then came this outpouring of real love". He said he had previously thought love came from his work but said the support he received from his girlfriend, agent, and friends like Chris Pratt, Sylvester Stallone, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista was "absolutely overwhelming" and showed him true love.
"I relate to Rocket and I feel compassion for Rocket, but I also feel like his story has not been completed".
Rocket Raccoon got some development in the hands of the Russo brothers in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, where he was paired up with Thor and found a similarly lost soul in Nebula, but it's in the Guardians franchise where he really shines. "On some theoretical level, I was like, 'Well, maybe I do have a future.'" said Gunn.
Gunn was also excited and nervous for Cooper when he was preparing to direct "A Star is Born".
Now, for the first time since the whole debacle, Gunn has come out and expressed his emotions in a long chat with Deadline.
Gunn also said that his firing allowed him to learn and grow, an experience he hopes anyone in trouble in Hollywood gets to experience.
Suicide Squad 2 is slated for release in August 2021.
The writer/director, who was famously fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 a year ago before being reinstated in March, opened up to Deadline about the dark days that followed his dismissal, how much the outpouring of support from friends and fans meant to him, the therapeutic nature of his work on Warner Brothers/DC's The Suicide Squad, and what he's learned throughout the whole ordeal.