‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Director James Gunn Had Suicidal Thoughts and ‘Felt Utterly Alone’

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 premiered last Thursday, and it’s killing it in the box office. Right now it’s the #1 movie in America. After all of the success, James Gunn took to Facebook to thank fans and talk about what filmmaking means to him.

I've spent the past two and a half years making a film – probably a good 95% of my non-sleeping life during that time -…

Posted by James Gunn on Saturday, May 6, 2017

From Variety:

“When I was young I felt utterly alone, at times to the point of suicidal thoughts. I never felt like I belonged, had an incredibly difficult time connecting to other people and, despite having love around me, I had an impossible time experiencing it, or taking it in.”

The success of his film, about a ragtag team of outcasts, means a lot to him as someone who has always felt like an outsider.

“I work because I like telling stories. I work because I love the relationships I have with my collaborators. And I do it because I like connecting with people, and the easiest way I know how to do that is through filmmaking. I do it so that some kid in Thailand, or England, or Colombia, or Brazil, or Japan, or Russia, or anywhere, can hear the frequency of his or her own heart bouncing back off the Guardians.”

Gunn concluded his post with a simple and meaningful message for all fans of the film after letting everyone know that a third film is already in the works.

“They are me. They are you. We are Groot.”

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