‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Actor Dave Bautista Calls James Gunn Firing ‘Nauseating’

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Neither Disney nor Marvel Studios has announced anything official when it comes to James Gunn's inevitable replacement, but one would assume that he/she will want to tinker with the script.

Bautista tweeted this in response to a Twitter user who asked the Drax actor if he would return to the Disney franchise after Gunn was sacked weeks ago after old, offensive tweets were resurfaced by right-wing detractors.

"It's also pretty nauseating to work for someone who'd empower a smear campaign by fascists #cybernazis", Bautista added.

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Disney fired Gunn last month after a series of offensive tweets resurfaced in which Gunn joked about rape and pedophilia.

Bautista, who plays Drax, took things a step further, telling fans that he would appear in "Guardians of the Galaxy 3" out of legal obligation only. "This is bullshit. James is one of the kindest, most decent people I've met".

On the other hand, Kurt Russell, who starred in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, puts the blame (perhaps naively) on the current "sensitive" climate in Hollywood that has seen the comeuppance for filmmakers and executives accused of sexual misconduct.

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Mr. Gunn apologized on July 20 for his pedophile tweets by saying he was trying to be a "provocateur" at that point in his life. There has been little indication that Disney is inclined to rehire the director, with Variety writing that their sources think "that scenario is highly unlikely".

He said: "It's sad".

'He has a wonderful heart and a wonderful mind. "I have regretted them for many years since - not just because they were stupid, not at all amusing, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don't reflect the person I am today or have been for some time".

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