Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was in dire straights after director James Gunn was fired as director. The movie, which should have been in the midst of production as we speak for release next year, was indefinitely delayed. Many thought Gunn was given the boot unceremoniously, and the biggest advocate for the filmmaker's rehire was star of the franchise Dave Bautista, who plays Drax the Destroyer. He called out Disney at every turn, and was seemingly campaigning to get himself booted in the process. Now that Disney has rehired Gunn to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, many have wondered how Bautista and the studio are getting along. According to the WWE Superstar turned actor, they're cool now.
Dave Bautista appears in Disney's summer blockbuster Avengers: Endgame, reprising his role as Drax. He only has a small part, but he's still part of the cast in a movie that is now the second highest grossing of all time. Not only that, but he has Stuber coming out soon. The movie was originally made by 20th Century Fox, and is one of Disney's first Fox releases after taking control of the studio. The comedy looks to be a big hit, and interestingly enough, it is one of Disney's first R-Rated releases in years. So yeah, you could say Disney and Dave Bautista are cool now.
But Bautista didn't blink an eye in defending his friend, collaborate and guiding force in giving the wrestler his first substantial big screen role. He had this to say about sticking up for James Gunn, and why he'd rather turn his back on Disney as a studio than leave his friend out to dry.
"James [Gunn] is my friend. I love him. He helped change my life and I know he's a decent person. He was being attacked. And what do you do when your friends are being attacked? You defend them, or you're not really a friend."
As the story goes, James Gunn was the target of a conservative blogger attack when individuals unhappy with his outspoken criticism of President Donald Trump dug up some old Tweets that 'joked' about pedophilia, 9/11, racism, rape and there was an essay about a self-pleasuring monkey that also made the rounds. Disney decided they needed to clean house and remove Gunn from the sequel. James initially thought his career might be over, but DC Films and Warner Bros. came with a big offer to write and possibly direct Suicide Squad 2. Now called The Suicide Squad, he is both writing and directing the movie, which is being described as a quasi-reboot, sorta sequel to the 2016 original starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will now have to wait until he is finished.
As for Dave Bautista, though he threatened to break his contract and bail on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, he'll definitely be back for the next sequel, which is rumored to bring Chris Hemsworth's Thor along for the ride. And Stuber looks like it is going to be a big hit for Disney and could even get a sequel of its own. He says things between him and Marvel are 'good' and that he never actually spoke to a human face at Disney about the tumultuous time James Gunn was going through. He did most of his loudest speaking on social media. He says this about his working relationship with Marvel.
" "I got people who are very understanding of where I stood. A lot of them just weren't outspoken about it. And I just happened to be very outspoken about the way I felt."
The WWE Superstar's comments come from Pro Wresting Sheet.