Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista is continuing to speak out against the firing of director James Gunn, now suggesting he’ll attempt the quit the franchise if Vol. 3 doesn’t at least utilize Gunn’s script.
- Although the entire cast penned an open letter in support of Gunn and asking for Disney to reconsider his ousting, Bautista has been more vocal in his criticism.
- Now the actor tells Shortlist he’d quit the next installment if Disney doesn’t stick to Gunn’s script.
- Bautista said, “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.”
- He added, “I’d be doing James a disservice if I didn’t.”
- This declaration comes after Bautista has also tweeted that he found it “pretty nauseating” to work for Disney following their treatment of Gunn.
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
- Disney announced it was parting ways with Gunn after a series of old tweets of the director joking about such topics as pedophilia and rape resurfaced.
- Announcing the decision, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said, “The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him.”
- Gunn responded in a statement, saying, “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 offering 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.”