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James Gunn Expertly Rips Troll Who Whined About Casting Of Black Actor In New 'Guardians' Movie

The 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3' director swiftly shut down a racist fan's complaint on Instagram about the casting of British-Nigerian actor Chukwudi Iwuji in a 'White' role.

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Director James Gunn took to Instagram earlier this week to offer a glimpse of Chukwudi Iwuji as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 villain High Evolutionary.

Gunn captioned the post:

"Can't wait for you all to meet this guy."

He tagged Iwuji in the post and added the hashtags#GotGVol3 #highevolutionary.

Many viewers of the post shared their excitement of the Iwuji's character as well as the newest installment of the Guardians franchise.

Sadly though, a few used the comment section to display their racism for all the world to see, commenting on the casting of Iwuji, a Nigerian-British actor, as High Evolutionary.

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First of all....

Actually, we'll use the director's response to own the racists.

Gunn replied:

"I chose the best actor, period, and the best person for the role."
"I don't give a sh*t what ethnicity @chukwudi_iwuji is, so stop with your racist presumptions on WHY he was chosen."

He finished, by making a point that further displayed the commenter's ignorance:

"(And, by the way, he's playing a guy who's almost always purple...)"

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People on Twitter jumped to Gunn's defense.

And several agreed with Gunn's casting decision as well as his stance on the commenter's "racist presumptions."




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Before he was High Evolutionary, the character was a scientist studying genetics. In his first appearance in 1966, he was a white Brit, but once his "genetic accelerator" turned him to his villainous self, that identity was lost and - as Gunn mentioned - was purple (sometimes reddish) for the remainder of the comics.

The new Guardians of the Galaxy is set to be released May 5. We can't wait!