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James Gunn Breaks Silence On Dave Bautista’s Drax Leaving Guardians of the Galaxy

American Actor Dave Bautista is finally saying goodbye to his renowned character Drax from the Guardians of the Galaxy.

 Drax
Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer from the Guardians of the Galaxy

On May 6, director James Gunn announced that filming for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 had officially wrapped. The filming became quite emotional as it would be both James Gunn’s last film ever and Dave Bautista’s last time playing Drax the Destroyer. Dave wrote on social media, “Haven’t found the words yet, It ended so suddenly and I was on to my next film before I could process it all. End of a journey that changed my life.”

Dave Bautista: A supporter of James Gunn

Dave Bautista and James Gunn
Dave Bautista and James Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy

Bautista has always supported Director James Gunn, who was removed as director of the Guardians of the Galaxy because of a controversy. Due to his inappropriate comments made on Twitter, the initial controversy with Disney started that led to the consequence. Bautista actively raised his voice against the incident saying that he wouldn’t play his character Drax unless Gunn returns, and Disney eventually re-hired Gunn after the dust settled.

Bautista said in his final shot, “It was an easy shot of Rocket seated…and it took everything in me not to break down sobbing on the spot…shooting that last shot was a reminder of the warm impermanence of life and love, and how that impermanence makes it so precious, so valuable, and is a good reason to be grateful for what I have right now.”

James Gunn broke silence on Bautista’s leaving Drax

James Gunn and Drax
James Gunn and Drax from the Guardians of the Galaxy

Director James Gunn has always supported Dave Bautista in every decision. Last year, on social media, he showed his support for Dave. One of the fans on Instagram asked “What are your thoughts on Dave Bautista leaving the role of Drax?” He replied, “I get it. I support Dave in whatever he chooses to do.” 

Someone tagged James Gunn on Twitter asking if he left Drax behind where he replies, “There will never be any Drax for me besides Dave Bautista.” Read the thread below:-

Though Bautista will not be appearing as Drax, he did leave a message in his interview saying, “That role changed the trajectory of my life. It’s always going to be special to me.” He added, “He has such a great backstory. Selfishly, as a performer, that would have allowed me to show different sides of Drax, emotionally. And physically as well.” 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is scheduled to be released in theatres on May 23, 2023.

Written by Priya Sharma