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Dave Bautista weighs in again on the firing of James Gunn, and what it means for Guardians Vol. 3

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Aug 5, 2018

Dave Bautista has taken to Twitter a third time to defend the recently ousted filmmaker James Gunn.

The actor, who plays Drax the Destroyer in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, has been a vocal supporter of Gunn since he was fired by Disney over some offensive tweets he'd posted years earlier. Bautista first came to Gunn's defense on Twitter shortly after the news was made public, then did so again a few days later.

Now, after being asked on Twitter if he planned on returning to the Guardians franchise for Vol. 3 without Gunn as a director, Bautista said that he would "do what I'm legally obligated to do." He just didn't sound like he'd be too happy about it.

"@Guardians without @JamesGunn is not what I signed up for. GOTG w/o @JamesGunn just isn’t GOTG. It's also pretty nauseating to work for someone who’d empower a smear campaign by fascists #cybernazis. That’s just how I feel."

Bautista directs some ire towards Disney, who made the decision to fire Gunn after a number of his offensive tweets were resurfaced by conservative outlet The Daily Caller.

Since Gunn's firing, the principal cast of Guardians wrote an open letter supporting the director. Kurt Russell, who played Ego in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, also weighed in on the matter, saying he hopes he will be "forgiven."

Along with the support from the Guardians cast, a fan petition to reinstate him has currently surpassed 360,000 signatures (and counting). Despite those rallying to Gunn's defense, a recent report indicates that it's unlikely Disney will decide to hire him back.