James Gunn Addresses Hate Over Karen Gillan’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Look

Posted Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 03:00 pm GMT -4 by

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During Marvel Studios’ panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Kevin Feige unveiled some big surprises for the fans in attendance. After he shared footage from ‘Thor: The Dark World’ (as introduced by the God of Thunder’s mischievous brother, Loki) and ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, the studio head brought out director James Gunn and his cast from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ to confirm their roles and to speak a little bit about the only non-sequel in Phase Two. And while Hall H was shocked to discover that footage was available after only 13 or 14 days of shooting, they were far more surprised to see Karen Gillan’s new look for the movie.


During the panel, moderator Chris Hardwick mentioned that Nebula, the granddaughter of Thanos, was famously bald. Then, the former ‘Doctor Who’ companion confirmed this fact and then took off her red wig to reveal her newly-bald head! Fans were definitely shocked by the actress losing her trademark red locks, but it appears that some were more peeved than others. So much so, in fact, that Gunn began to get hate mail about it.

Well, the director has recently fired back at the haters with this tweet from his personal Twitter account:

Personally, I don’t see why it’s even necessary to hate on Gunn. As a fan of Karen’s, I’m going to support everything that she does. Chances are that she was looking to distance herself from her role in ‘Doctor Who’, so what better way to do that than by taking away one thing that she was very known for during her run on that show? Plus, she looks as gorgeous as ever!

Hopefully these rapid fans will lay off of everyone for this temporary change that the actress definitely knew about when she signed on for the role. Anyway, hair grows back. Just like Whovians went wild when Matt Smith shaved his head for a role, they’ll surely get over the former Amy Pond’s new look, especially when she shows how badass she is in ‘Guardians’.

What do you think of the unnecessary hate on James Gunn for Karen Gillan’s new look to play Nebula? Does she pull off the bald look better than Natalie Portman in ‘V For Vendetta’? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ starring Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, Glenn Close, John C. Reilly, Karen Gillan, Benicio Del Toro, and Michael Rooker blasts off on August 1st, 2014.

  • JasonMBowles

    Demi Moore and Anne Hathaway also shaved their hair for roles and no one complained about that! In fact, I think they were applauded for their commitment to their craft!

    Plus what message does that send to women/girls who lose their hair, due to illness? You have to have long lustrous locks to be pretty? “Consider the overall state of your life” indeed!

    • Shinygirl

      Yeah, people actually did complain about Demi and Anne too. There was quite a bit of a hoorah, as well as some respect for their commitment.

  • Karen_Valencia

    No one really got this angry when Matt Smith shaved his head. It was addressed in passing and people got over it rather quickly. But the minute a beautiful WOMAN like Karen shaves her head (or alters her physique in any way at all) the media and the fans go CRAZY. Tell me that the double standard isn’t real. Go on and tell me that ridiculous standards of beauty aren’t a problem in this society. So done.

    • Jon Green

      To be fair, Karen, most of us men lose our hair at some point, so it’s not an unnatural look for us. Yes, that does happen naturally to a few unlucky women too, but when a woman turns up bald, most often it’s because she’s on chemo or has alopecia totalis – either way, it’s unfortunate for her, and it jars most people.

      That’s not to say that a woman can’t look beautiful without her hair – in fact, that’s a yardstick I use for feminine beauty: can it survive a bald head? And there are great examples where it does: Natalie Portman in V for Vendetta; Persis Khambatta in Star Trek: The Motion Picture; Jessie J in, well, as little as possible when she’s performing, as far as I can tell. Plenty of others, too.

      A bald guy evokes interest (I’ve noticed – still got all my own hair!); a bald woman evokes sympathetic concern. So it’s not sexism, or double standards. It’s actually empathy.

      That’s not such a bad thing, is it?

      • FFT

        I’m a woman and I shave my head and have done so for years and have gotten countless compliments – and even now every other day. If you have the right head shape, face, style, and, most importantly, the confidence necessary, you can pull it off beautifully. I don’t need “empathy,” because it’s a choice and it looks great.

        • Jon Green

          The thing is though, FFT, the number of women who choose to shave their heads purely for appearance’s sake is tiny. I salute you for it: it’s a bold, courageous thing to do, and I’m delighted it’s working for you. But it’s unusual – _very_ unusual – as you’re fully aware.

          (It does happen a lot in the Jewish community, with women shaving their heads for religious reasons, but that’s so that they can wear wigs more comfortably – being seen bald, out and about, isn’t the done thing, so far as I can tell.)

          The reactions I described are not patronising; they’re instinctive. An emotional response. Whether you “need” it or not, whether you want it or not, it happens, and the cognitive aspect – understanding how or why – follows later.

  • Kelpie

    Who cares. It’ll grow back. People seriously need to get a grip. Plus she still looks beautiful.