Wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista, who portrays Drax the Destroyer in the Guardians of the Galaxy films, has not pulled his punches on social media as of late, with the star calling the concept of continuing to work for Marvel Studios and Disney “nauseating”.
Responding to a fan’s question on Twitter, Bautista said that he would “do what I’m legally obligated to do”, but that the Guardians franchise without director James Gunn was “not what I signed up for”.
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) 5 August 2018
Gunn was recently ousted from the franchise he wrote and directed when right-wing political activists unearthed off-colour jokes the creative had made during his formative years on Twitter. Given the prestige, family-friendly branding of the Disney company, Gunn was let go. Bautista was one of the first to criticise the move, saying that it made him feel “sick”. He, along with fellow Guardians stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel and more recently signed a letter requesting the director’s reinstatement on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, of which he had not long completed the script.
Disney and Marvel Studios have been noticeably quiet on the subject, and are reportedly laying low with the intention of announcing a new director at some point in the future.