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Guardians Star Michael Rooker Quits Twitter Following James Gunn's Firing

Guardians of the Galaxy star Michael Rooker has quit Twitter in the wake of the firing of director James Gunn over years-old offensive tweets.

Disney severed ties with the filmmaker on Friday after some of his right-wing detractors uncovered comments Gunn made about rape and pedophilia, dating from about 2008 to 2012, shortly before he was hired to direct Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. Gunn apologized, saying the remarks were insensitive jokes made during a period when he viewed himself as a provocateur. Within a day, Disney had branded Gunn's statements "are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values," and announced he won't be directing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

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While James' brother Sean and Guardians actor Dave Bautista have spoken in support of Gunn, Rooker went further in his stance, and announced he's leaving Twitter.

"This account will be inactive after today," he wrote on Sunday. "We're very tired & upset over the ongoing BULLSHIT... neither I nor my rep will use Twitter again. Twitter sucks and I want nothing to do with it."

The actor's Facebook and Instagram accounts will remain active, however. Although Rooker's Twitter account is usually operated by his representatives, that statement came from the actor himself.

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Rooker and Gunn have a working relationship that dates back to the director's feature debut with 2006's Slither. They reunited for Super and The Belko Experiment, which Gunn wrote and produced, as well as the first two Guardians of the Galaxy films.

Gunn had recently completed a draft of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which had been expected to begin filming in January in Atlanta, in time for a 2020 release. Marvel Studios had yet to officially announce a release date, and it’s unknown how Gunn’s firing will affect plans for the sequel.

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