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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.

James Gunn; Chukwudi Iwuji
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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.




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...)"


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."


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!