Dave Bautista has spoken up in the wake of the shocking firing of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn after the filmmaker’s old offensive tweets were unearthed yesterday. The actor is known for playing Drax the Destroyer in the Marvel subseries, and while his character has been snuffed out of existence following Thanos’ deadly snap in Avengers: Infinity War, he’s expected to be back for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – which Gunn was supposed to write and direct.
Even before Disney’s swift action with regard to severing ties with Gunn, the filmmaker previously addressed the issue on Twitter after his past social media posts were brought to light, explaining that he’s changed and matured over the years, and the “jokes” aren’t a reflection of the man that he is. Despite this, the House of Mouse went on to terminate the filmmaker’s directing stint with Marvel Studios. Shortly after, Gunn issued an official statement, accepting his employer’s verdict regarding the matter and apologizing for his past blunders. Now Bautista, who closely worked with Gunn in the first two Guardians of the Galaxy films, is publicly taking the director’s side during this difficult time.