Dave Bautista Says He'll Quit Guardians If Disney Don't Use James Gunn's Script
The actor said he requested to be released from his contract.
Disney's headache following the firing of James Gunn has continued, with actor Dave Bautista now saying he's asked the studio to release him from his Marvel contract.
Speaking to ShortList, Bautista revealed he felt he would be doing Gunn "a disservice" if he didn't exit the third Guardians of the Galaxy film if the studio refused to use Gunn's script.
"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."
Bautista later added on Twitter that he would do what he is "legally obligated to," adding "It's pretty nauseating to work for someone who'd empower a smear campaign by fascists."
Since Gunn's firing, Bautista was one of the first of the Guardians cast to speak out in support of the director who was let go after many offensive joke tweets from a decade ago were resurfaced.
Bautista has firmly linked Gunn's firing to what he describes as a "cyber Nazi" attack in the attempts to smear the director's reputation after vocally criticising the Trump administration.
Following the tweets being resurfaced, Disney swiftly released a statement saying, "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".
"Nobody’s defending his tweets, but this was a smear campaign on a good man," Bautista told ShortList.
"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: fuck this. This is bullshit. James is one of the kindest, most decent people I’ve met."
Last week the entire Guardians cast released a joint statement in support of Gunn, and recently Kurt Russell also hoped the director could be forgiven.
"You have to realise that when you are in that world as a comedian, a writer, whatever you’re always stretching the boundaries and trying to find something which lead him to something that the world loves, which is Guardians of the Galaxy."
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 is predicted to be released in 2020 following Marvel's highly anticipated Avengers 4 and Captain Marvel next year.
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