While Dave Bautista and James Gunn are close friends, Bautista turned down being in The Suicide Squad for Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead. In a recent interview, the action star revealed why he made this tough decision:
“James Gunn wrote a role for me in The Suicide Squad, which I was all fired up about, not only because he was making a huge comeback. He’s come back with The Suicide Squad and was rehired by Marvel, and has really been vindicated as far as that whole thing went. I was all up for it, and then I got Army of the Dead, which was not only a lead role for me, but also I really wanted to work with Zack Snyder. I’ve been wanting to work with him for years.”
“I had The Suicide Squad where I got to work with my boy again, even though it’s a smaller role, and then I had Army of the Dead on which I get to work with Zack, I get to build a relationship with Netflix, I get a lead role in a great film – and I get paid a lot more money. I had to call James, and I told 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.'”
According to Bautista, Gunn was totally supportive:
“He said, ‘I completely get it. I’m proud of you that you’re even in this position. I’m proud that I had something to do with you being in this position where you have to make these hard decisions.'”
Army of the Dead hits Netflix May 21st. You can see Bautista and Gunn reunite for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 in 2023.
Source: Digital Spy
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