“Guardians of the Galaxy” star Dave Bautista isn’t sure whether he wants to keep working with Disney after the studio fired director James Gunn over his controversial tweets.
“It’s a bitter-sweet conversation — um, no it’s a bitter-bitter conversation because I’m not really happy with what they’ve done with James Gunn,” Bautista said on “The Jonathan Ross Show” over the weekend. “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.”
The actor, who played the character Drax in the first two “Guardians” films, has been vocal about his feelings Disney firing Gunn, calling the effort a “cyber nazi attack that succeeded.” He once tweeted that it was “pretty nauseating” working for Disney after it empowered “a smear campaign by fascists #cybernazis.”
Most recently, he called out the studio, writing on Twitter: “Thanks @Disney !! Making America great again!” He also previously said he’ll quit “Guardians 3” if Marvel doesn’t use the script Gunn recently completed.
Disney fired Gunn in July after far-right media personality Mark Cernovich and his followers unearthed tweets written by Gunn nearly a decade earlier, in which the director made jokes about pedophilia and rape, as well as an old blog post he wrote after the DC character Batwoman was revealed to be gay. The tweets and comments previously came to light in 2012, just after Gunn was hired to direct the first “Guardians” film, and Gunn issued an apology for them at the time.
Disney said in a statement from Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn that the jokes were “indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values.”
A spokesperson for Disney has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.
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