The entire cast of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise backed up director James Gunn when he was fired by Disney, releasing a lengthy statement back in July. Out of all of them however, Dave Bautista, who plays Drax the Destroyer in the films, has been the most outspoken of the lot.
The firing of the filmmaker, James Gunn, followed on from the emergence of offensive tweets concerning pedophilia and rape, which was posted onto his Twitter. This, as a result, has delayed production of the third Guardians of the Galaxy film, and now Bautista is questioning his return to the Marvel universe altogether. So, if production does start again, it’s uncertain as to whether Drax will be coming back at all.
Bautista spoke on the Jonathan Ross Show, saying: “It’s a bitter-sweet conversation. Um, no it’s a bitter-bitter conversation because I’m not really happy with what they’ve done with James Gunn. They’re putting the movie off. It’s on hold indefinitely. To be honest with you I don’t know if I want to work for Disney”
The decision, made by Disney’s chairman, Alan Horn, to fire James Gunn was met with massive backlash from fans with a campaign calling for his reinstatement, as well as a group statement from the whole cast to bring him back.
Alan Horn reportedly met with Gunn to “clear the air”, but stated that he would not re-hire him, in any way shape or form.
Following this, it was speculated that Disney would hire a new director in replacement of James Gunn, using his completed Guardians of the Galaxy 3 screenplay (with some possible rewrites) as a resolve to the situation. However, Marvel Studios have not yet announced the current state of its cinematic universe, so the future of Guardians of the Galaxy remains uncertain.
The actor also spoke with Youtube Channel “Hey U Guys” about his support for Gunn, saying that he knows he’s on thin ice when it comes to criticising Disney.
“No. I’m aware that this could possibly cost me a job that I care for very much, but at the same time, it’s an integrity issue. It’s also a loyalty issue, so now I’m not going to… I’m not [going to] bite my tongue or anything. That’s just who I am as a person”
The third instalment of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise was originally set to release in theatres in 2020, but obviously, that is highly unlikely now with everything going bending schedule due to James Gunn’s firing. So, it looks as though there’s a lot to fix before the Guardians reunite for the third instalment of the trilogy. Sorry folks!
Story by Emily Clark
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