Dave Bautista Threatens To Quit Guardians Of The Galaxy
The ongoing feud between Disney and now-ex Guardians of the Galaxy director, James Gunn, has become the biggest talking point in Hollywood.
Disney parted ways with the director last month after alt-right activists unearthed a number of offensive Tweets dating back several years.
Stars from the film have openly slammed Disney’s decision, admitting the Tweets may have been in bad taste however were not a reflection on Gunn’s true character.
Now Dave Bautista, who plays Drax the Destroyer, appears to be willing to take his complaints one step further, by walking away from the third instalment of the franchise in protest.
Speaking to Shortlist, Bautista echoed what appears to be the general consensus regarding the Tweets amongst the cast.
“Nobody’s defending his tweets, but this was a smear campaign on a good man,” he said.
“I spoke to Chris Pratt the day after it happened and he’s a bit religious so he wanted time to pray and figure it out, but I was more like: f*ck this. This is bullshit. James is one of the kindest, most decent people I’ve met.”
Bautista added that Gunn had actually already turned in his script for the third movie which is due to begin shooting early next year.
A replacement director has not been announced as of yet.
“Where I’m at right now is that if [Marvel] don’t use that script, then I’m going to ask them to release me from my contract, cut me out or recast me.
“I’d be doing James a disservice if I didn’t.”
The actor didn’t hold back on Twitter either, saying that it would be “pretty nauseating to work for someone who’d empower a smear campaign by fascists”.
I will do what Im legally obligated to do but @Guardians without @JamesGunn is not what I signed up for. GOTG w/o @JamesGunn just isn’t GOTG. Its also pretty nauseating to work for someone who’d empower a smear campaign by fascists #cybernazis . That’s just how I feel https://t.co/Ym4FwruVDu
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) August 5, 2018
Last week a number of the high profile stars from the film penned an open letter to Disney bosses asking for Gunn to be reinstated, which Chris Pratt shared on his Instagram along with the caption:
“Although I don’t support James Gunn’s inappropriate jokes from years ago, he is a good man. I’d personally love to see him reinstated as director of Volume 3. If you please, read the following statement- signed by our entire cast.”
“I don’t think [it] will get him re-hired,” Bautista added regarding the letter. “But I hope it opens people’s eyes to James’ character.”
In the wake of the Tweets coming to light, James Gunn released a statement apologising for the posts that “don’t reflect the person I am today.”
“My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative.”
“I have regretted them for many years since – not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don’t reflect the person I am today or have been for some time.”
“Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today. Even these many years later, I take full responsibility for the way I conducted myself then. All I can do now, beyond my sincere and heartfelt regret, is to be the best human being I can be: accepting, understanding, committed to equality, and far more thoughtful about my public statements and my obligations to our public discourse.
‘To everyone inside my industry and beyond, I again offer my deepest apologies. Love to all.”