The Avenger: Still Furious at Disney, Dave Bautista May Not Return to Guardians of The Galaxy
Dave Bautista, who plays alien warrior Drax in the action-comedy romp set in deep space, has made it clear he is not happy with Disney, which owns Marvel, and has not minced his words, whether on social media or during interviews.
Actor Dave Bautista poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 ' in London, Monday, April 24, 2017. (Image: AP)
Bautista has made it clear he is not happy with Disney, which owns Marvel, and has not minced his words, whether on social media or during interviews. Most recently, while appearing on The Jonathan Ross Show, the actor and former wrestler said he now might not even come back for the third film, the production of which has been on hold since Gunn's exit. Initially, Bautista had stated he would honor his contract if at least Gunn's script was used.
Addressing his fury over Gunn's firing Bautista said, "There’s a bit of an issue. It’s a bittersweet conversation. No — it’s a bitter, bitter conversation, because I’m not really happy with what they’ve done with James Gunn."
"They’re putting the movie off. It’s on hold indefinitely," Bautista added, saying "To be honest with you, I don’t know if I want to work for Disney... I’ve been very vocal about the way I feel. I’m not afraid to admit the way I feel."
Having earlier described the behavior of Diney executives as "nauseating" on Twitter, Bautista had said that he will still act in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 because he is "legally obligated" but that the franchise without Gunn is "not what I signed up for. ('Guardians of the Galaxy') without James Gunn just isn't ('Guardians of the Galaxy')," he wrote.
"It's also pretty nauseating to work for someone who would empower a smear campaign by fascists #cybernazis," Bautista continued, referring to right-wing commentator Mike Cernovich, who unearthed Gunn's 10-year-old tweets, which then went viral after being pushed by Trump supporters and members of the alt-right.
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
The ousted director had apologized for his tweets just hours after the firing. "My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative," Gunn said, adding, "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."
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