AceShowbiz - Fans continue to show their support for James Gunn after Disney fired the director due to his old controversial jokes. A billboard has popped up in Garden Grove, California, approximately four miles away from Disneyland in Anaheim, asking Gunn to be reinstated as the helmer of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3".
Featuring a tagline "Save the Galaxy", the billboard directs passersby to RehireJamesGunn.com. The billboard cost $4,000 and will remain up through November 25. The billboard was paid through crowdfunding which was launched on GoFundMe in September 25.
The GoFundMe page has raised $5,000 of its goal of $12,000 and hopes to continue raising more money so that it can put up more billboards closer to Disneyland ahead of Christmas. It aims to put up one billboard near Disney Parks in Orlando and Anaheim for at least one month.
Gunn was fired by Disney on July 20 after his old Twitter posts, in which he made light of sensitive subjects lie rape and paedophilia, resurfaced. He apologized for his immature past, tweeting, "It's not to say I'm better, but I am very, very different than I was a few years ago; today I try to root my work in love and connection and less in anger."
"In the past, I have apologized for humor of mine that hurt people. I truly felt sorry and meant every word of my apologies," he added, insisting that "when I made these shocking jokes, I wasn't living them out."
"Guardians of the Galaxy" cast, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper and Dave Bautista, later signed an open letter in which they declared their loyalty to Gunn and called for his reinstatement, but Disney didn't budge.
Production on the third movie was initially scheduled to kick off this autumn, but is currently put on hold since the studio is still looking for a new director to replace Gunn. The exiting filmmaker, meanwhile, has been hired by Warner Bros. to write a "Suicide Squad" sequel.