'Guardians of the Galaxy' Cast Backs James Gunn ... He's the Victim of 'Mob Mentality'

7/30/2018 10:20 AM PDT

Chris Pratt, 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Stars Support James Gunn

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'Guardians of the Galaxy' director James Gunn was done dirty by America's politically charged court of public opinion ... according to Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana and the rest of the 'GotG' stars.

The cast posted an open letter in support of Gunn, who Disney fired from the franchise in response to old tweets where he made several highly inappropriate jokes. In the letter they vouch for his character, accept his apology and hint Disney only canned him because it feared public backlash.

They wrote, "There is little due process in the court of public opinion. Given the growing political divide in this country, it's safe to say instances like this will continue." They went on to urge Americans to "ease up on the character assassinations and stop weaponizing mob mentality." 

In the letter -- also signed by Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista and Michael Rooker -- they don't exactly demand Disney rehire Gunn ... but on social media, Pratt said he'd "love to see him reinstated as director of Volume 3." The cast insists Gunn's not done in Hollywood, and they look forward to working with "our friend James again in the future."