Dave Bautista’s casting in Guardians of the Galaxy was integral to him laying out a new professional path following his time in the WWE. That chance came courtesy of the film’s director, James Gunn. Gunn’s backing led to Bautista’s booming acting career, causing a crossroads moment for the actor. The Guardians of the Galaxy actor recalled his “heartbreaking” conversation with the director about picking Army of the Dead over The Suicide Squad.
For Dave Bautista, Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead was a prime opportunity to headline a big-budget action film. But it meant turning down a chance to work with friend James Gunn on The Suicide Squad. The actor recalled the moment he had to choose Snyder over Gunn:
After the director taking a gamble on him, it’s understandable that Dave Bautista would have some guilt. James Gunn helped to push Bautista beyond just being another wrestler who acts. But having a tough time choosing between the projects showed the level of loyalty he has to Gunn.
While speaking with Entertainment Tonight, the Army of the Dead star opened about the stress associated with his tough decision. He revealed James Gunn had written a role for him in The Suicide Squad. The actor said about the conversation with Gunn:
Dave Bautista’s words spoke to the strong connection between him and James Gunn. Of course, having a specific role written for him made his final decision even harder. But apparently there were no hard feelings.
The actor revealed that James Gunn was incredibly supportive of his final decision. The director took a sense of pride knowing Dave Bautista's career had come to a place where he had to make such a big decision. Much like Gunn, fans should be proud the wrestler-turned-actor is at this place in his career.
But this isn’t the first time Dave Bautista has talked about his huge decision behind choosing Army of the Dead over The Suicide Squad. It seems Bautista made the right decision given there are talks of a sequel. Viewers will see the actor reunite with James Gunn for Guardians of the Galaxy 3, as well as the Holiday Special. In the meantime, you can watch Bautista killing zombies in Army of the Dead streaming on Netflix.
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