Actor Dave Bautista has been highly critical of Disney's decision to fire Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3's director James Gunn after right-wing agitators circulated a selection of the director's controversial, years-old tweets.
Following the abrupt firing of writer/director James Gunn from the third Guardians of the Galaxy film, the series cast banded together in support of the filmmaker with an open letter addressed to the Walt Disney Company.
In his response, Bautista indicated that he would abide by his contract to appear in the film, and added that it is "pretty nauseating to work for someone who'd empower a smear campaign by fascists".
Gunn was sacked after a handful of almost decade-old tweets resurfaced in which he made lewd jokes pertaining to pedophilia and rape. The Hollywood star also described Gunn as one of "the most loving, caring, good natured people [he] has ever met", while acknowledging that the director has "made mistakes". He tweeted on Sunday that he'd "do what I'm legally obligated to do" but that "Guardians" without Gunn was "not what I signed up for".
James Gunn was sacked by Disney after dozens if not more Tweets involving pedophilia, child pornography, and molestation were uncovered. "I'd be doing a James a disservice if I didn't".
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Kurt Russell, who played the villain Ego in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" a year ago, also broke his silence recently.
"It's sad. But it's a part of our fabric now, and I get it", Russell told Variety. "He has a wonderful heart and a wonderful mind. I hope he is forgiven".
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.