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Dave Bautista will quit if James Gunn's 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3' script isn't used

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Dave Bautista will quit if James Gunn’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ script isn’t used

“I’d be doing James a disservice if I didn’t.”

The Guardians of the Galaxy cast has been extremely supportive of the franchise’s writer and director James Gunn after he was fired by Disney following a right-wing smear campaign based around shock-humor tweets he posted nearly a decade go. Most vocal in his support has been Dave Bautista, who has been very active on Twitter voicing support for his friend. And according to a recent interview with ShortList, he is apparently ready to give up his role in the movie altogether if Gunn’s script isn’t used.

“Where I’m at right now is that if [Marvel] don’t use that script, then I’m going to ask them to release me from my contract, cut me out or recast me,” Bautista said. “I’d be doing James a disservice if I didn’t.”

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Dave Bautista will quit if James Gunn's 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3' script isn't used

The actor behind Drax the Destroyer and former WWE Champion mentioned yesterday on Twitter that he will do what he’s “legally obligated to do,” but a Guardians movie without James Gunn is “not what I signed up for,” saying it’s “nauseating to work for someone who’d empower a smear campaign by fascists #cybernazis.”

While Bautista is perhaps Gunn’s most high profile supporter, he’s far from the only one: a Change.org petition to compel Disney to rehire Gunn has as of this writing reached 370,000 signatures in just over two weeks.

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