Guardians of the Galaxy set, James Gunn, Chris Pratt

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Chris Pratt is in a tough spot.

The "Guardians of the Galaxy" star recently joined his costars in a statement of support for director James Gunn. Gunn was fired by Disney before production was meant to begin on "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3." A petition to rehire Gunn now has more than 380,000 signatures, but many others support the decision to axe Gunn after his many rape/pedophilia jokes on Twitter.

Now every other day offers a new rumor on what's going to happen next -- is Disney going to use Gunn's script without him? Would Disney let Dave Bautista (Drax) out of his contract if that happens? Will Disney rehire James Gunn after all? Will Disney hire a new director, even though this seems like a poisoned chalice no A-list director would want?

The Associated Press had a video interview with Chris Pratt (Peter Quill/Star-Lord) and asked about the James Gunn situation.

Pratt was very careful with his answers, and referred back to the statement he had already posted:

"Well, you know, I was a little shocked, like everybody. It was a crazy timing with Comic-Con and stuff. I love going  to Comic-Con, but I ended up not doing to a lot of interviews around that time because it was so shocking.

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

It's not an easy time. 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."

The AP asked if he still has a hope that James Gunn will be rehired:

"Well, if you go on my Twitter feed you can see if the post is still tweeted. And if it is, that will be what I have to say."

Here's Pratt's tweet:

In a Facebook post last year, James Gunn confirmed he was planning to return to write and direct "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3":

"...Much of what’s happened in the MCU for the past ten or so years has been leading, in a big way, to the Avengers’ Infinity War. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will happen after all that. It will conclude the story of this iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and help catapult both old and new Marvel characters into the next ten years and beyond. I will be working side-by-side with Kevin Feige and the gang to help design where these stories go, and make sure the future of the Marvel Cosmic Universe is as special and authentic and magical as what we have created so far.

I promise you, the fans, I’ll do it all with integrity and love and respect for the characters...."

Now we just wait to see what happens with "Guardians 3." It seems like Marvel will have to push it off the early 2019 filming schedule ...  and maybe "Doctor Strange 2" will be ready to take its place?

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