The news of James Gunn’s firing by Disney from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise for his age-old offensive tweets is still a sore subject for many. No more so than Guardian’s star Dave Bautista. Bautista has been fiercely vocal in defence of his friend and director on social media against the studio but what could this mean for his own future on the franchise.
Whilst on the press tour for his newest project, Final Score, HeyUGuys own Stefan Pape had the chance to sit down with Bautista to talk about the film. Pape also took the opportunity to discuss the consequences of the aftermath of Gunn’s firing, in which Bautista had no qualms in offering up his feelings.
When asked whether his outspoken and extremely vocal stanch against Disney had any repercussions that he was concerned about, Bautista stated (full interview in video form below);
“I’m aware that this could possibly cost me a job I care for very much, but at the same time it’s an integrity issue, it’s a loyalty issue. So I’m not going to bite my tongue for anything, that’s just who I am as a person”
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It’s hard to miss Bautista’s thoughts on the studio behind the Guardians of the Galaxy but his words have been carefully thought out and in no means has he sought out to be intentionally disrespectful.
“I’ve tried to actually be very choosy about what I say and the way I say it. I don’t necessarily mean to be disrespectful but at the same time, I have to say what is on my mind and in my heart. I’ve just been honest”.
Even though his role as Drax and the Guardians franchise is close to his heart, Bautista isn’t worried if Disney feels inclined to fire him over his outspoken views stating Poverty doesn’t threaten him.
“It is what it is if it costs me a job that’s just what happens. I always think as it like you can’t threaten a poor man with poverty. I grew up poor, I know what is like. I’m not afraid of losing money, It means nothing to me. I will wrestle in backyards in front of 10 people if I have to make a living. I’m not going to be flexible with my integrity“.
If the future of this particular franchise is still set to grow, we hope Bautista isn’t another casualty for the misfit family. Keep your eyes peeled next Monday for our full interview with Dave for his movie Final Score right here on HeyUGuys.