Dave Bautista is taking it one step further. Although he's contractually committed to a third film, he said in an interview with Shortlist: "Nobody’s defending his tweets, but this was a smear campaign on a good man... James is one of the kindest, most decent people I’ve met."
James Gunn not only directed, but wrote the screenplays for the first two Guardians of the Galaxy movies, which were huge box office hits. Bautista is now saying that if they ditch Gunn's script for the upcoming film, which he had already handed in to Marvel, he will quit.
"Where I’m at right now is that if they don’t use that script, then I’m going to ask them to release me from my contract, cut me out or recast me. I’d be doing James a disservice if I didn’t."
He also tweeted to a fan who asked if he'd be involved in the third film in the series: "I will do what i’m legally obligated to do but Guardians without James Gunn is not what I signed up for. GOTG w/o James Gunn just isn’t GOTG. It’s also pretty nauseating to work for someone who’d empower a smear campaign by fascists #cybernazis. That’s just how I feel."
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