Dave Bautista has refused to read the Avengers: Infinity War script. The Marvel Cinematic Universe turns 10 years-old next year, and Anthony and Joe Russo’s upcoming Avengers film aims to culminate all those years of storytelling into an ultimate showdown between Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and the Mad Titan Thanos and his Black Order. That includes the Avengers team joining forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy, which is something that will be set up in Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok later this year.
Although some set photos and videos have leaked throughout Infinity War‘s production, and despite relatively minor components being revealed through interviews, there’s still very little that people actually know about the upcoming team-up film. Marvel Studios has joined other filmmaking production companies such as Lucasfilm and Bad Robot for having the highest levels of secrecy when it comes to their stories, and part of maintaining those levels of secrecy comes from shielding the cast and crew from the script, barring any pertinent details to the actors/actresses’ roles. In fact, cast members such as Karen Gillan and Tom Holland weren’t even given the script — and then there’s Bautista, who’s refused to read the script.
Nowadays, no matter how careful people are, things tend to leak online, and that can ruin the moviegoing experience for audiences. But, when you’re part of the production, sometimes even you would like to be surprised when seeing your own movie in theaters — and that’s how Bautista feels. The actor was recently asked what his reaction was after reading the Infinity War script, to which he replied that he actually chose not to read the script so that he could enjoy the film like everyone else when he sees it in theaters.
The Avengers: Infinity War lineup has continued to expand beyond comprehension, and that means it has become increasingly difficult for the studio to keep a lid on all the details, despite having everyone, presumably, sign confidentiality agreements. So, that means controlling who reads the script and who doesn’t. The thing is, it’s not unprecedented for studios to control the story even from certain cast members; it’s something that George Lucas had done quite often while working on the original Star Wars trilogy — but it’s understandable for people like Bautista, who refers to himself as a fanboy, to want the same moviegoing experience as everyone else.
Now that Avengers: Infinity War has reportedly wrapped principal photography, the Russos’ Avengers 4 will begin filming soon, with Josh Brolin having already confirmed his return as Thanos. Of course, there’s no telling just yet who else will be part of the concluding chapter in Marvel’s first three-phase saga. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens when Infinity War hits theaters next summer.
Source: Dave Bautista
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