Former WWE Superstar Dave Bautista is digging his heels in on his feeling about the removal of director/writer James Gunn from the “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise. Gunn was removed after tasteless jokes made years ago that resurfaced recently.
Bautista did an interview with the HeyUGuys YouTube channel and he said that he is well aware that his stance on this issue could cost him his job as Drax.
Bautista said, “No, I’m aware that this could possibly cost me a job that I care for very much. But at the same time, it’s an integrity issue. It’s also a loyalty issue, so no I’m not going to — I’m not gonna bite my tongue for anything, and that’s just who I am as a person. I’ve tried to actually, you know, be very choosy about what I say and the way I say it. I don’t necessarily mean to be disrespectful but at the same time, I have to say what’s on my mind and in my heart. I’ve just been honest what I’ve been and that’s just the way I live my life as an honest person. It is what it is. If it’s enough to cost me a job and that’s just what happens — You can’t threaten a poor man with poverty. You know I grew up poor. I know what it’s like to be poor. I’m not afraid of losing money. It means nothing to me. I will wrestle in backyards in front of ten people if I have to make a living, so I’m not going to be flexible with my integrity. I’m just going to speak my mind and try not to be disrespectful and that’s why I always say and I make sure that this is directed at certain people like, not Marvel. Not any of those execs, who I love very much. That’s just what it is. It’s my integrity as a person, to be honest.”
Check out the interview with Batista below: