"Nauseating" to work with Disney: Guardians star Dave Bautista slams studio over James Gunn firing
Dave Bautista took to Twitter on Sunday, expressing his disappointment with Disney calling Gunn's ousting, a move in the direction of empowering 'a smear campaign'.
Despite the legion of fans and A-listers joining forces to get James Gunn reinstated as the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' director, there has been no positive news from the studio's end. In fact, with each passing day, the decision to fire the Marvel filmmaker over decade-old tweets - deemed as insensitive - seems more and more permanent.
In the light of the current stand taken by the Mouse House, it looks like a certain Guardians star is not too thrilled about reprising his role in the upcoming third installment of the superhero franchise. Fan-favorite Drax aka Dave Bautista took to Twitter on Sunday, expressing his disappointment with Disney calling Gunn's ousting, a move in the direction of empowering "a smear campaign".
The actor went on to take a jab at the Burbank-based entertainment company for furthering a maligning motive by those he refers to as the "cybernazis". "It's also pretty nauseating to work for someone who’d empower a smear campaign by fascists #cybernazis . That’s just how I feel," he added.
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
Bautista, however, is not the only one to have come out in support of Gunn, publicly urging his reinstatement into the franchise. Stirring waves of controversy earlier, Disney, in a sudden and drastic move, had decided to fire Gunn ahead of the Guardians 3 filming. The move was prompted by the director's age-old posts, where he joked about rape and pedophilia.
In days since his ousting though, and even prior to that, Gunn has been apologetic about his tweets admitting that the messages hardly reflect the person that he is now. “I have regretted them for many years since — not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don’t reflect the person I am today or have been for some time,” he had said in his defense.
And clearly, Gunn's apology has resonated with not just Bautista but many other stars associated with the Marvel movies as well. "I do think we’re getting a little too sensitive on maybe some of the wrong people," actor Kurt Russell recently told Variety about Gunn's firing by the studio.
“You have to realize that when you are in that world as a comedian, a writer, whatever you’re always stretching the boundaries and trying to find something which leads him to something that the world loves, which is Guardians of the Galaxy. He has a wonderful heart and a wonderful mind. I hope he is forgiven," Russel implored.