Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn has an opinion on what should happen to a person being sued over texting at a recent screening of his blockbuster movie. Released in U.S. theaters earlier this month, Vol. 2 raked in $145 million domestically during its opening frame before adding $63 million to its coffers over its second weekend; allowing the film to pass more than $246 million at the U.S. box office alone in under two weeks.
Coupled with its global take so far, Vol. 2 has made $637 million overall and is looking to reach that magical $1 billion mark, sooner than later. However, although moviegoers are turning out en masse to see the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel, not everybody is apparently paying attention.
According to the Texas publication the Statesman, a man filed suit against a first date (and presumably last date), after he claims the woman was texting during a screening of Vol. 2 at an IMAX theater in Austin, Texas. The man, 37-year-old Brandon Vezmar, is suing the unidentified woman in small claims court for $17.31 – the amount of the ticket he bought for her to see the movie with him in 3D.
Of course, in the whiplash world of social media where news travels the globe in a second, it didn’t take long for Gunn to find out about the odd case surrounding Vol. 2, so he decided to weigh in with his opinion on Twitter. While the disgruntled movie fan is merely seeking his money back from his date-gone-awry, Gunn thinks the court should throw the book at the woman (suffice it to say, he’s just kidding). Take a look, below:
Why stop at suing? She deserves jail time! https://t.co/c41MWGz74M— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) May 16, 2017
According to the Statesman, Vezmar calls the experience “kind of a first date from hell,” since he claims the woman, 35, started texting about 15 minutes before the movie started. In the small claims court petition, Vezmar says the date “activated her phone at least 10-20 times in 15 minutes to read and send text messages.” When Vezmar says he asked the woman to text outside the theater, she left and didn’t come back; leaving the man stranded because she drove them both to the venue.
Contacted by the Statesman for comment, the woman countered, “I had my phone low and I wasn’t bothering anybody.” Claiming she was texting a friend to help her through a fight with a boyfriend, the woman added, “It wasn’t like constant texting.” She’s also filed a protective order against the Vezmar, claiming the man contacted the woman’s little sister to get the money back.
Whether Vezmar has a case or not is yet to be seen, even though his petition claims texting is a “direct violation” of the theater’s policy and the woman’s actions “adversely” affected the viewing experience for the man and other moviegoers. Maybe Gunn could just spare everybody the pain and send Vezmar a Blu-ray of Vol. 2 when it’s released, or promise him a way-advanced ticket to Vol. 3, along with a note thanking the fan for his dedication.