Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn names the original cast member he struggled to cast

Jacob Stolworthy
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 (Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel/Kobal/Shutterstock)
(Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel/Kobal/Shutterstock)

James Gunn has revealed which actor he struggled to cast in Guardians of the Galaxy because of opposition from Marvel.

The director, who will return to direct the third film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise, reflected on the preparations for the original 2014 release in response to a tweet from a fan.

“What’s a decision you had to fight tooth and nail for on a movie?” Twitter user @comedianpreach asked him, adding: “Like looking back you still wonder why did the studio fight so hard against it?”

Instead of dodging the question, Gunn admitted he locked heads over the casting of Dave Bautista, who plays Drax the Destroyer.

“I’d say hiring @DaveBautista on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 1,” he wrote.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ director James Gunn struggled to cast Dave Bautista in original filmMarvel Studios/Kobal/Shutterstock
‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ director James Gunn struggled to cast Dave Bautista in original filmMarvel Studios/Kobal/Shutterstock

Gunn also revealed that Marvel boss Kevin Feige admitted he was wrong to doubt the casting after watching the film.

“The first thing Kevin Feige told me after seeing the first cut is how right I was about him,” he added.

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Bautista, a former professional wrestler who first began acting in Hollywood in 2004, has become one of the best-loved characters in the MCU thanks to his intentionally deadpan line delivery.

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He will next be seen in Taika Waititi’s Thor sequel Love and Thunder, in which he’ll be reunited with his fellow Guardians co-stars.

Gunn’s next film, The Suicide Squad, will be released in cinemas on 6 August.