Why Dave Bautista Chose Army Of The Dead Over Suicide Squad

Cash rules everything around Bautista in this specific case.


Actor Dave Bautista may be starring in the upcoming Netflix movie Army of the Dead. But before he got that role, he could have worked with Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn once again, this time on The Suicide Squad.

In an interview with Digital Spy, Bautista explained that Gunn wrote a role for him in The Suicide Squad, and while it would reunite the duo--who haven't worked together since Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2--the actor had to pass.

"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," he jokingly said.

Bautista then had to call Gunn to turn him down because the actor felt Army of the Dead was a smarter career move. Gunn told Bautista he was proud of him and proud of the position the actor found himself in--where he had to choose over two high-profile projects.

In addition to Bautista, Army of the Dead stars Ella Purnell, Ana de la Reguera, Garret Dillahunt, Omari Hardwick, Theo Rossi, and Tig Notaro. The film is directed by Zack Snyder, who also co-wrote the film. Snyder began writing the movie back in 2004, after he directed the remake of Dawn of the Dead. For years, the movie was in development hell before Netflix decided to finance it.

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