Dave Bautista Threatens to Quit 'Guardians of the Galaxy 3' If Producers Don't Use James Gunn's Script
Dave Bautista is trying to make sure James Gunn is still involved in "Guardians of the Galaxy 3" in some way after being fired for offensive tweets, threatening to walk away from the film entirely if the director's script isn't still used going forward.
In a new interview with ShortList, Bautista says, "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 said. "I'd be doing James a disservice if I didn't."
It's unclear whether he made these comments before or after his tweet this morning, where he said he would "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."
Bautista has blamed cyber nazis before for Gunn's firing from Disney last month after decade-old rape and pedophilia jokes he made on Twitter came under scrutiny.
Although he has been the most vocal and opinionated, Bautista isn't the only member of the "GOTG" team to speak out against Gunn's firing. Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, Pom Klementieff, Michael Rooker and Gunn's brother, Sean, all shared an open letter expressing support for Gunn and asking fans to "stop weaponizing mob mentality."
'I don't think [it] will get him re-hired," he said of the letter. "But I hope it opens people’s eyes to James' character."