The actor added in the statement: 'I'd be doing James a disservice if I didn't'.
It's hard to know how any of us might react, were we to find ourselves in Bautista's shoes. On the other hand, if you're not onboard with the creative team guiding you on that journey - or the studio calling the shots up at the very top of the food chain - what're you supposed to do?
During an interview with Shortlist.com, Bautista made it clear that he wanted Gunn's script to be used in the movie.
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Smith's conversations with Meyer's wife also point to Meyer being aware of the 2015 domestic violence incident. Meyer fans showed up in force on Monday with signs - many of them misguided - backing their embattled coach.
In the note, the cast said they're "encouraged by the outpouring of support" of those who want to see James reinstated as director, as well as "discouraged by those so easily duped into believing the many outlandish conspiracies" against him.
Multiple Guardians actors - including leads Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana - have spoken out demanding Disney re-hire Gunn, and hundreds of thousands of fans have also signed a petition; although it seems increasingly unlikely that the corporation will perform a U-turn. "That's just how I feel".
"It's sad. But it's part of our fabric now, and I get it", Russell told Variety.
But Russell reiterates his support of Gunn, who again, has been accused of no actual sexual misconduct and has issued several apologies for his old tweets, which he said "don't reflect the person I am today or have been for some time". "But I hope it opens people's eyes to James' character".