- Dave Bautista said James Gunn wrote a role for him in the upcoming “Suicide Squad” film.
- But he turned it down to work on “Army of The Dead” with Zack Snyder.
- Bautista said “Army of The Dead” allowed him to build a relationship with Netflix and get paid more.
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Dave Bautista said he turned down a role in James Gunn’s upcoming “Suicide Squad” movie and instead decided to work on Zack Snyder’s “Army of the Dead” because he was paid more money and was able to build a new relationship with Netflix.
Bautista, a former WWE wrestler turned actor, previously worked with Gunn on two “Guardians Of The Galaxy” films and he was one of the director’s most dedicated supporters after he was briefly fired by Marvel after some of his past offensive tweets resurfaced.
During an interview with Digital Spy, Bautista said that Gunn wrote a role specifically for him in “Suicide Squad” and he was eager to reunite with the director, but he was offered a leading role by Zack Snyder at the same time, which caused a scheduling conflict.
“I was all up for it, and then I got ‘Army of the Dead,’ which was not only a lead role for me, but also I really wanted to work with Zack Snyder. I’ve been wanting to work with him for years,” Bautista said.
“I had the ‘Suicide Squad’ where I got to work with my boy again, even though it’s a smaller role, and then I had ‘Army of the Dead’ on which I get to work with Zack, I get to build a relationship with Netflix, I get a lead role in a great film – and I get paid a lot more money.”
“I had to call James, and I told him, ‘It breaks my heart because as a friend, I want to be there with you, but professionally, this is the smart decision for me,'” Bautista continued.
“He [Gunn] said, ‘I completely get it. I’m proud of you that you’re even in this position. I’m proud that I had something to do with you being in this position where you have to make these hard decisions.'”
“Army of The Dead” is one of Netflix’s most anticipated releases of the year. The film returns Zack Snyder to the Zombie genre. The director famously made his debut with “Dawn of the Dead,” the remake of George A. Romero’s 1978 Zombie classic.
The film is rated R and earlier this week, Snyder told The Sunday Times that he had to remove scenes from the movie because they contained moments that might cross a line. “We had a sequence where one of the male strippers had a huge penis with a bite taken out of it,” Snyder said. “We thought that was too much.”
“Army of The Dead” is scheduled for an April 14th release in select theaters 14 and then on Netflix on May 21.