James Gunn, the writer and director for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy movies, was sacked by Disney last month when his offensive, years-old Twitter posts were recirculated. Fans and celebrities came to Gunn's defense, with all of the major actors on Guardians - including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista - signing an open letter of support.
Bautista, who plays the blue-skinned intergalactic ex-criminal Drax the Destroyer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has revealed his intention to quit Guardians Vol. 3 if Walt Disney Studios (the parent company of Marvel Studios) opts to not use the script Gunn had been working on before he was sacked from the film in late July.More news: Rand Paul Secures DC Meeting With Russian Delegation
Now he is threatening to quit the franchise and wants his role as Drax "recast". While he's said he'll fulfill his legal obligation to Disney, he may have a breaking point, as he told ShortList: "Nobody's defending [Gunn's] tweets, but this was a smear campaign on a good man", Bautista said. This is bullshit. James is one of the kindest, most decent people I've met ... "I'd be doing a James a disservice if I didn't". While still negotiating his departure from the House of Mouse (particularly Marvel Studios), he can't take up any other offers, but several big players (both producers and studio executives) in the industry have voiced their desire to bring him over to their side.
At the time, Disney chairman Alan Horn stated, "The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James' Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio's values, and we have severed our business relationship with him".More news: England vs India 2018: Jasprit Bumrah ruled out of second Test
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 without James Gunn's script?
Bautista and his Guardians colleagues have stressed they do not endorse Gunn's tweets but believe the director has atoned for his comments and they no longer reflect his current views. GOTG w/o [James Gunn] just isn't GOTG.More news: British tourist given £35k fine after driving at 150mph through Dubai
Bautista, 52, who plays the character Drax, then appeared to take aim at Disney and the Daily Caller, the right-wing newspaper which published Gunn's historic tweets, adding: 'Its also pretty nauseating to work for someone who'd empower a smear campaign by fascists.