Last year, controversy ensued after Disney decided to fire Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn after a smear campaign brought back to light-insensitive and inappropriate tweets that the filmmaker had made 14 years in the past. Fans were upset by the news, and while the Guardians of the Galaxy cast flocked to support Gunn, the most vocal supporter was Dave Bautista, the Marvel star behind Drax.
Now that Gunn has been rehired, Bautista reveals the state of his relationship with Disney after his decision to fully support the Guardians of the Galaxy director.
“I hope it’s good,” Bautista says in an interview with Collider. “I never actually talked to anybody from Disney. I only ever talk to people from Marvel. And they were very understanding about the way I felt.”
We understand as well. Gunn had made those tweets 14 years in the past, and those tweets were something that he had apologized for a long, long time ago. It was obvious that Gunn was trapped in a smear campaign. However, Disney wanted to play it safe, so the studio decided to fire the director instead.
“I got people who are very understanding of where I stood," Bautista said. "A lot of them just weren’t outspoken about it. And I just happened to be very outspoken about the way I felt.”
Bautista’s certainly been loyal to Gunn, the director who’s played a major role in his career. We hope that we get to see Bautista in more of Gunn’s films, possibly in Suicide Squad 2.
Marvel’s latest film, Avengers: Endgame, is still currently screening in cinemas.