'Guardians of the Galaxy' Star Dave Bautista Blames 'Nazis' for James Gunn's Firing and Chris Pratt Turns to the Bible
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"What will you do when the #cybernazis attack you? Who will stand by you? Who will cowardly distance themselves from you?" Bautista tweeted.

"Guardians of the Galaxy" star Dave Bautista blamed "cyber nazis" for director James Gunn's firing from the Marvel franchise, while Chris Pratt brought religion into the conversation.

Gunn was let go from Disney Friday after decade-old rape and pedophilia jokes he made on Twitter resurfaced. Bautista, who plays Drax the Destroyer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, continued to defend Gunn on Sunday in wake of what he described as an "injustice."

"What will you do when the #cybernazis attack you?" he tweeted. "Who will stand by you? Who will cowardly distance themselves from you? Who will punish you for horrible JOKES in the past instead of defending you for INSPIRING millions?"

While responded to a fan asking if he planned on boycotting the third film in the franchise, which Gunn was in the middle of writing, Bautista argued the situation "is so much bigger than" the movie. "This was a cyber Nazi attack that succeeded," he tweeted. "Unless we start to unite together against this crap, whether people are offended are not, it's going to get much worse."

Pratt, who plays Star-Lord in the franchise, turned to the Bible to make a cryptic statement on the situation.

Other "Guardians of the Galaxy" stars Zoe Saldana, who plays Gamora, Karen Gillian (Nebula) and Pom Klementieff (Mantis) also tweeted their thoughts on the writer and director's firing.

Saldana explained that since it's been a "challenging weekend," she's "pausing" before she gives her full opinion on the matter. However, she stressed that she loves "ALL" members of her "GOTG" family.

Gillian tweeted something similar, explaining her "love" for her movie family, but that she planned to speak out more soon.

Klementieff posted a video in which she is seen writing "We are Groot. We are a family. We stand together." (For those who don't know, Groot is the tree-like creature voiced by Vin Diesel.)

In addition, a Change.org petition has already garnered hundreds of thousands of digital signatures demanding Disney rehire Gunn. Actress Selma Blair encouraged her followers to sign and support Gunn because he's "one of the good ones."

Gunn's brother Sean, an actor who also appears in the "Guardians" movies, shared a lengthy statement on Twitter over the weekend. He recognized his brother "used to be kind of a jackass," but argued he's become a "better person" as a result of working on the films.

Read Sean's full statement below.

I hope it goes without saying that I love and support my brother James. And I'm quite proud of how kind, generous, and compassionate he is with the people in his life, whether they are friends, family, colleagues, fans, or strangers. Since he was a kid, it was clear he had a desire (maybe destiny) to be an artist, tell stories, find his voice through comics, films, his band. The struggle to find that voice was sometimes clunky, misguided, or downright stupid, and sometimes wonderful, moving, and hilarious.

Since devoting his entire life to the Guardians movies and MCU six years ago, I've seen him channel that voice into his work on those movies and seen him transform from the guy who made up things to shock people. I saw firsthand as he went from worrying about 'softening his edge' for a larger audience to realizing that his "edge" wasn't as useful of a tool as he thought it was. That his gift for storytelling was something better. I saw that he was more open-hearted than the guy who needed to get a rise out of people by making nasty or offensive jokes (or whatever you choose to call them -- I don't think his bluer material was ever his funniest and neither does Mom).

In many respects this change in my brother was reflected in the change that the Guardians go through. I've heard my brother say many times that when Quill rallies the team with 'this is our chance to give a shit' -- to care -- that it's the pep talk he himself needed to hear. It's part of what made working on the Guardians movies such a rewarding experience for the cast, myself included. We managed to find ourselves involved in a big-budget superhero movie that was, at its core, deeply personal. That's a gift. And that's why it's good.

This isn't new information, by the way. It's all stuff that James has explained many times in interviews, in more detail and more eloquently. It's not some new spin. It's always been part of the story.

So I guess my hope is that fans continue to watch and appreciate the 'Guardians' movies, not despite the fact that the filmmaker used to be kind of a jackass, but because of it. They are, after all, movies about discovering your best self. Working on those movies made my brother a better person, and they made me one too. I'm proud of that. Peace.

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