Dave BautistaÂ is taking it one step further. Although heâ€™s contractually committed to a third film, he said in an interview with Shortlist: â€śNobodyâ€™s defending his tweets, but this was a smear campaign on a good manâ€¦ James is one of the kindest, most decent people Iâ€™ve met.â€ť
James Gunn not only directed, but wrote the screenplays for the first two Guardians of the GalaxyÂ movies, which were huge box office hits. Bautista is now saying that if they ditch Gunnâ€™s script for the upcoming film, which he had already handed in to Marvel, he will quit.
â€śWhere Iâ€™m at right now is that if they donâ€™t use that script, then Iâ€™m going to ask them to release me from my contract, cut me out or recast me.Â Iâ€™d be doing James a disservice if I didnâ€™t.â€ť
He also tweeted to a fan who asked if heâ€™d be involved in the third film in the series: â€śI will do what iâ€™m legally obligated to do but GuardiansÂ without James GunnÂ is not what I signed up for. GOTG w/o James Gunn just isnâ€™t GOTG. Itâ€™s also pretty nauseating to work for someone whoâ€™d empower a smear campaign by fascists #cybernazis. Thatâ€™s just how I feel.â€ť
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 isnâ€™t GOTG. Its also pretty nauseating to work for someone whoâ€™d empower a smear campaign by fascists #cybernazis . Thatâ€™s just how I feel https://t.co/Ym4FwruVDu
â€” Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) August 5, 2018