James Gunn has said the time following his firing from Guardians of the Galaxy 3 was the "most intense of my entire life". Gunn mentioned that when the chairman of Walt Disney Studio, Alan Horn, invited him back to helm Guardians of the Galaxy 3, Gunn got "teary-eyed in his office". I was touched by his compassion.
Gunn describes the love he felt from the cast in the fallout. He wanted to stay on good terms with Disney since there was so much at stake, and in the long run, it helped his cause. But I would hate to look back on the six years that my wife and I were together and think, "Oh, what a waste of time". "I just wanted to be comfortable saying goodbye and splitting up". But as of the end of Avengers: Endgame, Rocket seems like his arc from petty criminal to superhero is fairly complete - where could he go from here? I didn't want to look back and feel bitter, upset or angry. This wasn't a free speech issue. There was never any argument of that.
"And then", he continued, "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 love Groot in a completely different way. "I don't think I've had as much fun writing a script since maybe Dawn of the Dead". Rocket's gone through plenty of growth over the last few movies, but with Groot's dusting in Infinity War, fans haven't gotten to see the buddies they know and love. "I know that people have been hurt by things that I've said, and that's still my responsibility, that I wasn't as compassionate as I should be in what I say", he said.
Gunn was also excited and nervous for Cooper when he was preparing to direct "A Star is Born". Rather than seeking validation exclusively from the audiences who appreciate his work, the director says that he found out what actual love was from the reactions of those who supported him in the wake of his firing.
Gunn also said that his firing allowed him to learn and grow, an experience he hopes anyone in trouble in Hollywood gets to experience.
I was about to sit down and talk about The Suicide Squad with DC and I was excited about that.
The Suicide Squad - which Gunn refers to simply as a "sequel" - is planned to come out on August 6, 2021 while Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 won't even start production until 2020. "And then I had to go tell (Marvel boss) Kevin Feige I had just chose to do Suicide Squad, so that made me very nervous".