Michelle Yeoh says that she is "horrified" by James Gunn's firing as the director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and can't understand how the situation came to be.
Known for her roles in the likes of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Tomorrow Never Dies, Yeoh more recently starred in Star Trek: Discovery and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in a brief cameo as Aleta Ogord. Now, Yeoh is the latest Hollywood star to speak out and defend the director.
Currently starring in Crazy Rich Asians, the actress told Yahoo! Movies UK, "I was shocked, horrified that we can allow something like that to happen."
She continued about how she struggled to see why such archaic comments have come to light now. "You're talking about things that he said in the archives," she said. "If he had said it yesterday, or today, or something like this then you can make a big fuss but why dig up something now?"
Yeoh went on to describe the Guardians of the Galaxy director as an "incredible filmmaker and human being." Her words come just days after fellow Guardians actor Glenn Close admitted it is "hard to think of it" without Gunn at the helm. Both Yeoh and Close join a laregly united front of stars, including the main Guardians of the Galaxy cast who signed an open letter in support of Gunn.
Gunn's temporarily suspension from his position as director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 quickly became permanent. Despite many of the MCU's stars standing beside Gunn, even Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has stated Disney was left with no other option.
Although Yeoh had little more than a cameo in the 2017 sequel, there was potential for herself, Sylvester Stallone and Ving Rhames to return as the "Original Guardians" at some point in the franchise's future. With Gunn no longer overseeing Guardians of the Galaxy and the studio remaining unclear whether his script for Vol. 3 will be used, it casts doubt over Yeoh's future as Ogord.
As it stands, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has been put on indefinite hold and Drax the Destroyer actor Dave Bautista revealed he isn't even sure if he wants to continue working with Disney. Although the Guardians of the Galaxy are set to return for next year's Avengers 4, the team's ongoing role in the MCU remains up in the air.