While known for professional wrestling before becoming a fixture of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, his casting as Drax the Destroyer in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie helped kickstart his acting career that would land him in huge projects such as Spectre (James Bond) and Blade Runner 2049.
During an appearance on the British talk program, The Jonathan Ross Show, Bautista sounded off on his support for Gunn, explaining that his views on the matter hit very close to home, given the fact that Gunn was willing to take a chance on him.
“I love James. James really changed my life, so it’s a personal thing too," he said. "I struggled, I starved for three years, I could barely get a job. There were a few people who believed in me along the way, but James was the one who really changed the course of my life.”
Marvel Studios recently announced that the third installment in the Guardians franchise would be put on hold, but according to Bautista, such a move could affect the fourth Avengers film, which is set to bow in theaters next May.
"Guardians 3 is really up in the air and I don't know what they're going to do with it ... It's on permanent hold for now, and that may make a difference in what they do with our characters in Avengers 4. To be honest with you, right now I really don't know," the actor revealed.
Still, if Disney is planning to use Gunn's already-written script, the fate of the character's shouldn't be too uncertain. But if that story is scrapped, then yeah, Marvel might want to retool where the Guardians end up once the dust settles.
The currently-untitled Avengers 4 hits theaters on May 3, 2019.