Marvel Studios released a short-list of actors they’re considering for the role of Peter Quill (Star-Lord) in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. The news came a day after a controversy broke out over some derogatory comments towards women and gays that the film’s director, James Gunn, had made online a year ago. Coincidence?
The list includes Joel Edgerton (Warrior), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Lee Pace (The Hobbit) and Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), and James Marsden (X-Men). Our choice (however unlikely) would be Lee Pace, whom you should remember from Pushing Daisies.
As for the controversy, about a year ago, James Gun put a poll up on his personal website where people could vote for the 50 superheroes they’d most like to have sex with. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that, and the poll included both male and female characters (Wonder Woman and Batman were first and second, respectively); but in addition to posting the results, James Gunn also made comments, some of which are sexist and homophobic in a way that should be familiar to anyone who’s heard 12-year-olds chatting during a game of Halo or read the comments on a YouTube video.
Some of the gems include referring to Gambit as the ‘Cajun fruit,’ and saying of the lesbian Batwoman, ‘I’m hoping for a dc-marvel crossover so that tony stark can turn her; she could also have sex with nightwing and still be a lesbian.’ The rest involve crude comments about the female characters’ bodies, and descriptions of the sex acts Gunn would like to perform on them. Reaction to the comments were not kind.
Update: James Gunn has issued apology, which you can read in its entirety below.
A couple of years ago I wrote a blog that was meant to be satirical and funny. In rereading it over the past day I don’t think it’s funny. The attempted humor in the blog does not represent my actual feelings. However, I can see where statements were poorly worded and offensive to many. I’m sorry and regret making them at all. People who are familiar with me as evidenced by my Facebook page and other mediums know that I’m an outspoken proponent for the rights of the gay and lesbian community, women and anyone who feels disenfranchised, and it kills me that some other outsider like myself, despite his or her gender or sexuality, might feel hurt or attacked by something I said. We’re all in the same camp, and I want to do my best to make this world a better place for all of us. I’m learning all the time. I promise to be more careful with my words in the future. And I will do my best to be funnier as well. Much love to all