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Dave Bautista Tells Why He Left ‘The Suicide Squad’ for ‘Army of the Dead’

Dave Bautista has finally explained why he chose to work on ‘Army of the Dead’ and not on James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad.

According to the wrestler-actor, scheduling conflicts was the reason why he chose to star in the Zack Snyder-directed Army of the Dead instead of reuniting with his Guardians of the Galaxy director.

“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,” Bautista told Digital Spy. “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, “[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.’”

Bautista also told Digital Spy that he believes Drax’s story will come to an conclusion with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. “I don’t think they’re very interested [in a Drax and Mantis film], or it doesn’t fit into the way they have things mapped out,” he said. “But other than that, no. I mean, as far as my obligations, I’ve got Guardians 3, and that’s probably going to be the end of Drax.”

He notes that the success of Army of the Dead could help him further his relationship with Netflix, but it could also lead to Snyder considering him in future projects.

Army of the Dead will come out in theaters on May 14 and be available on Netflix the following week.

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