If there’s one filmmaker who can take the most credit for changing Dave Bautista’s Hollywood career, it should be James Gunn. The filmmaker cast Bautista against being the type in the role of Drax the Destroyer Guardians of the Universe franchise, and the rest is history. Now, as Bautista prepares to headline his first big-budget movie, Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead, as the lead actor, the wrestler turned actor revealed that he had to turn down a role in Gunn’s upcoming movie The suicide squad to work on Snyder’s project.
“James Gunn signed up for me The suicide squad, which I was all excited about, not just because he was making a huge comeback. He has come back The suicide squad and was rehired by Marvel, and is really justified as far as that whole thing went. I was all set, and then I got it Army of the Dead, which was not only a starring role for me, but I also really wanted to work with Zack Snyder. I’ve wanted to work with him for years. “
In the middle of making Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Gunn was fired by Disney for some controversial tweets he’d made in the past. At the time, Bautista was one of Gunn’s most vocal supporters, publicly accusing Disney of their treatment of the filmmaker and threatening to quit if he wasn’t brought back.
Gunn clearly sensed the same sense of loyalty Dave Bautista and wrote a role especially for the actor The suicide squad. But then Zack Snyder came on the phone with his Netflix project Army of the Dead, which is described as a movie about zombie robberies.
In the film, Bautista plays the lead role of a mercenary who leads a group of desperados into the heart of Las Vegas to get a huge amount of money back. The problem is, Vegas is now the epicenter of a horrific zombie virus outbreak. According to Bautista, Gunn supported his decision to choose Army of the Dead about- The suicide squad, to see what it would do for his career.
“I had The suicide squad where I got back to work with my son, even though it’s a smaller role, and then I had Army of the Dead where I work with Zack, build a relationship with Netflix, star in a great movie – and get a lot more money. I had to call James and I said to him, “It breaks my heart because as a friend I want to be there with you, but professionally this is the smart decision for me.” [Gunn] said, ‘I totally get it. I am proud of you that you are even in this position. I’m proud to have had something to do with you being in this position where you have to make these tough decisions. ”
Directed and co-written by Zack Snyder, Army of the Dead stars Dave Bautista, Garret Dillahunt, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Raúl Castillo, Tig Notaro, Theo Rossi and Ana de la Reguera. The film will be released on Netflix on May 21. This news originated in Dihital Spy.
Topics: Army of the Dead, Suicide Squad 2, Netflix, Streaming