“He changed my life”: Dave Bautista praises fired ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ director James Gunn

"I have been very vocal about the way I feel".

Guardians of The Galaxy star Dave Bautista has reiterated his support for James Gunn, defending the fired filmmaker once more.

Gunn was preparing to helm the third instalment in the hugely popular franchise, but Disney sacked him after old tweets in which he joked about subjects including paedophilia and rape resurfaced.

Bautista, who plays Drax the Destroyer in the Marvel films, was joined by co-stars including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel in voicing their support for the director – even calling for him to be reinstated.

Now, Bautista has admitted that there is a “bit of an issue” surrounding his return to the film.

“I’m not really happy with what they’ve done with James Gunn. I don’t want to go too much into it, I don’t want to make it a political conversation”, he admitted during an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show.

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“They are putting the movie off, it’s on hold indefinitely… I have an issue, I have a moral and a political issue with what they’ve done.”

“I have been very vocal about the way I feel and I’m not afraid to admit the way I feel. That’s the way I feel”, he added.

Bautista also praised Gunn for providing him with his big break on the silver screen.

“I love James. James really changed my life so it’s a personal thing too”, he admitted.

“I struggled, I starved for three years, I could barely get a job. There were a few people who believed in me along the way but James was the one who really changed the course of my life.”

After signing an open letter in support of Gunn in July, Bautista has proved to be a constant supporter.

He later admitted that Disney’s treatment of Gunn is “not ok”, before threatening to quit if his script was not used.