Dave Bautista, who plays Drax in the Guardians of the Galaxy film series, has released another strongly-worded condemnation of the studio that fired director James Gunn after old, disturbing tweets resurfaced online.
In a tweet posted on Sunday, Bautista responded to a fan who asked him what his plans were should Gunn not return as director of the third GoTG installment. Bautista stated that he would do what he was “legally obligated” to, which suggests that he would honor his contract and return for the final flick. However, he then went on to state that making the films without Gunn was not “what I signed up for,” among other things. Check out the full tweet below:
I will do what Im legally obligated to do but @Guardians without @JamesGunn is not what I signed up for. GOTG w/o @JamesGunn just isn’t GOTG. Its also pretty nauseating to work for someone who’d empower a smear campaign by fascists #cybernazis . That’s just how I feel https://t.co/Ym4FwruVDu
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) August 5, 2018
Disney was quick to cut all ties with Gunn once old tweets—which joked about topics such as pedophilia and rape—resurfaced online via conservative website The Daily Caller.
Bautista did not waste any time voicing his pleasure regarding the decision, and he remains the most outspoken cast member on the issue despite a number of different cast members also voicing their support for the director. The Marvel film has never officially been given a release date by Disney, but it was reportedly set to start production in February 2019 ahead of a 2020 release.
Last week, it was reported that despite the backing, Disney would not rehire Gunn. Variety spoke to “multiple people familiar with the studio’s current thinking,” and stated that the tweets associated with Gunn conflict with Disney’s family-friendly image.
At this point, only time will tell.