Dave Bautista walks in and fills up the entire room. He’s a buff dude to say the least and I can honestly say I’ve seen him on tv and in Guardians more WITHOUT his shirt than with actual clothes. So to see him walk in graciously and give us a humble, honest interview I was shocked. In the film he rocks as Drax the Destroyer. A guy who lost his entire family to the villain Ronan and vows revenge. YEs, he fights….Yes he’s from the WWE and is a wrestler, but this guy has something special about him. He has the “it” factor and when you see the film you will see it to. Here is some excerpts from our interview:
Q: How much did your WWE training help prepare you for this movie?
Dave: No, it’s weird because it’s so different. Being athletic helped me a little bit. I picked up on stuff kinda easy. Still, it’s just so different from anything that I’d ever done. We had really good stunt guys and relied on them for their advice, and they showed me how to do stuff, and I would do it, I’d mess it up and they’d say, well, try it this way if it’s easier. And I’d say no, I like the way you did it because it looks cool that way. So just show me how to do it that way, and I’d just do it and do it until I picked up on it.
Q: Were you in makeup for hours at a time?
Dave: Yeah. It typically took about four hours to apply and about an hour and a half to take off, but it varied. When we first started, it was longer to put it on; longer to take it off. Toward the end of the film, it was about three hours, actually, to put on- an hour to take off.
Q: Did makeup limit your movements at all?
Dave: A little bit, yeah, it did a little bit. There was all the prosthetics, they were all glued on, you know, so it did limit me a little bit, but not tremendously. I mean, considering the visual and the makeup.
Q: What do you think attracted you most to the role of Drax?
Dave: Oh, it’s easy. It was because he’s a nut job. I’ve been wanting to do a role that wasn’t kind one noted. You know, it’s kinda multi-layered, so a character with a little bit of an emotional range. Which is something that I needed for my career, like, really bad because I think people have a certain perception of me leaving wrestling that they just saw me as that guy, and I’m really not that guy at all.
Q: What’s it like taking on the role of an iconic hero? Were you a fan growing up?
Dave: I had no idea who they were before I got this role. I had absolutely no idea, which they’ve been aware it’s gonna be a challenge right off the bat because it’s not one of your mainstream comics. It’s just really starting to hit me how big it really is. When we started doing press last week, and we went over to Singapore and when you fly across a world to go somewhere for a destination…..When hundreds and hundreds of people show up not only to talk to you, but to see you and that they’re already in support of this film which hasn’t come out, you know, they’re just so excited about it. So it’s pretty overwhelming, yeah.
Q: How did this role compare with your expectations on what it would be like?
Dave: You know, it’s weird. I don’t know if I really didn’t have any expectations. I knew that the role would change my career and change my life. (I’ve) really pounding the pavement for years since I left wrestling. It, it was hard for me to leave wrestling because that was my bread and butter. That’s how I made a career; how I made a living for ten years. It was scary leaving it behind, you know, kind taking a chance on myself because I didn’t have offers coming out of wrestling. I just left it to pursue acting. I was just of hoping for the best.
Q: Did you have to audition for the role?
Dave: Yeah, yeah, I had to audition.- I think it was the first two initial auditions, but I think I went back for, I wanna say, maybe another audition; maybe another two auditions. Then I think two or three screen tests and makeup tests. I mean, it was a lengthy process. It was over about three and a half to four months. Even when I got the part, I think it was another month or so before I could even acknowledge to anyone, publicly, that I got the part.
Q: What was your most memorable moment while filming?
Dave: Well, there’s a lot, but I think- there was one day where James (Gunn), I think for his own amusement decided to make, like, the whole cast and crew dance. It just, it was weird because there was the huge outdoor scene and there must have been two hundred extras on set, and for some reason, it just turned into a big thing. So there was the part where, Star Lord was bent on- to distract Ronin, was doing a dance off. Okay, so we were shooting that, and it was all those extras on set. So when we were shooting it, Chris started doing his thing, and then he, he pointed to Ronin, and Ronin started dancing. I, and I wasn’t aware of what was going on. I had no idea.
I was watching him and I thought, okay, you know, that’s Lee. He’s messing around. Then he pointed back to Chris, and then Chris pointed- and so everyone’s dancing, and I was like, what the hell. Then I went oh no. So Chris points to me, and I was like, damn…. So I did some big goofy (dance), and then I pointed back to him, and then James- I could hear James laughing, and he starts saying, uh, okay background- extras, start dancing, and literally, it turned into, like, three hundred people. Everybody just dancing, so it literally, turned into this big rave. It was hysterical.
Q: So what’s next? (as far as filming)
Dave: I’m gonna do a remake of Kickboxer. So I’ll be an updated Tong Po.
Dave: I wanna pursue more dialog driven stuff; storyline driven stuff; character driven stuff. I’m a huge fan of, like, Tarantino’s and, Guy Richie, and Martin Scorsese; like, those are the type of films I love and would like to be involved in.
Drax will be one of your favorite characters and you will definitely want to see more of Dave Bautista! Want to see him in action? Check out the featureette below:
From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance. Hits theaters Aug. 1
***Disclosure: I attended #GuardiansOfTheGalaxyEvent . My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney and myself. All opinions are 100% mine. Pictures by Disney***