Ever since director James Gunn was fired by Disney from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 back in July, Dave Bautista has been very vocal about his unhappiness with the situation. In a new interview, the actor, who plays Drax in the blockbuster Marvel movies, has not only restated that he might not return for Vol.3, but has also revealed that the movie is now on hold.
During an interview on the British talkshow The Jonathan Ross Show, Bautista was asked about whether the rumors that he might not appear in Vol.3 were true. “There’s a bit of an issue,” he said. “It’s a bitter-sweet conversation. No, it’s a bitter-bitter conversation because I’m not really happy with what they’ve done with James Gunn. They’re putting the movie off. It’s on hold indefinitely. To be honest with you I don’t know if I want to work for Disney.”
Ross went on to state that Bautista’s frankness about the situation was unusual for a Hollywood star. “I’ve been very vocal about the way I feel,” Bautista said. “I’m not afraid to admit the way I feel. I don’t think I’m your typical Hollywood guy.”
Gunn was fired after old tweets that saw the director joking about topics such as pedophilia and rape resurfaced online. The rest of the Guardians cast subsequently issued a joint statement in which they offered Gunn their support, but stopped short of demanding that he be rehired. Last month, star Chris Pratt described it as a “complicated situation” and stated that “we just want to move forward and do what’s right and be the best people we can be.”
It had been rumored that Marvel was pushing Disney to rehire Gunn. However, a recent report stated that although Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn met with Gunn, the studio is refusing to budge on the issue. While Guardian of the Galaxy Vol.3 was never officially given a release date, it was reportedly set to start production in February 2019 ahead of a 2020 release.