Actor Dave Bautista continues to be a rock of support for Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, whose firing a couple of weeks ago has thrown the entire future of that franchise into chaos. Gunn was fired by Disney after controversial tweets of his resurfaced, and though none of his colleagues defend its contents or his behavior (which Gunn has apologized for, both then and now), a host of supporters have come out defending the man himself.
The Guardians cast released a joint letter of support, while Vol. 2 star Kurt Russell has spoken out, as has Selma Blair. But it's the the man behind Drax the Destroyer, Bautista, who has arguably been the most vocal.
In a new interview with ShortList, Bautista makes his boldest remarks yet, saying that if Disney and Marvel don't use Gunn's (already completed) script for the third installment, then he's ready to walk.
“Where I’m at right now is that if [they] 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 said. “I’d be doing James a disservice if I didn’t.”
The quotes come just a day after Bautista tweeted another defense of Gunn, in which he said, "Guardians without James Gunn is not what I signed up for."
It remains to be seen whether Disney will change its tune. A report last week claimed that the studio was unlikely to bring Gunn back. Meanwhile, a fan petition in support of Gun has collected more than 360,000 signatures, and that number continues to climb.
Bringing Gunn back would no doubt be complicated, especially given his very public dismissal. Is it worth losing Bautista and potentially multitudes of fans? There's one thing we know for sure: Drax isn't known for backing down — and neither is the man who portrays him.